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The Spell

ISBN 10: 0140286373 / 0-14-028637-3
ISBN 13: 9780140286373
Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publication Date: 2000
Binding: Softcover
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Synopsis:

The lives and relationships of four men intersect in this tale of gay love set during a long summer in England. By the author of The Swimming-Pool Library. Reprint.


Review:

"A meticulous exterior eye surveys the particulars of gay life....And yet reading this relatively short novel feels laborious. It lacks the campy excessiveness of THE SWIMMING-POOL LIBRARY, and the engaging wy tone of THE FOLDING STAR....There is something of Proust's grand sense of a Sodom in which aristocratic souls are condemned to absurd physical debasements."

John Updike, New Yorker, 05/31/1999

Review:

"Like its two predecessors, Alan Hollinghurst's third novel is almost entirely devoted to the subject of male homosexual desire, but it's the only one of his books you could really call a 'gay novel'....The book sometimes feels as if it's meant to be parodying the themes of the author's earlier ones: here, betrayal is merely cheating, and obsession is nothing more than randiness."

Daniel Mendelsohn, New York Times Book Review, 04/25/1999

 

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