Valleraugue, France
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  • The Swimming Pool Library

  • By: Alan Hollinghurst
  • Narrated by: Samuel West
  • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 109
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 110

This novel centres on the friendship of William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, who is searching for someone to write his biography.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Gay lit. of the highest order

  • By common reader on 14-01-09

A consummate talent

5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-01-12

Wonderful book, perfectly narrated. I was so grateful for it's length, not wanting to let go. Can't help but feel that AH's (stunningly written) graphic and lengthy descriptions of sexual encounters have to be self indulgence; if so, he richly deserves this pleasure. (I am a female heterosexual, just for the record) I only wish that Samuel West had narrated H's other novels - for me the two are forever joined.

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