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The Folding Star

Narrated by: Samuel West
Length: 16 hrs and 36 mins
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Short-listed for the 1994 Booker Prize

Edward Manners - 33 and disaffected - escapes to a Flemish city in search of a new life. Almost at once he falls in love with 17-year-old Luc and is introduced to the twilight world of the 1890s Belgian painter Edgard Orst.

©2018 Alan Hollinghurst (P)2018 Macmillan Digital Audio

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"As is typical of the best classics, he has fashioned a universal tale of sexual obsession, love and death out of a particular life." (Marie Claire)

"An extraordinary book which takes the reader into a world of obsession and mystery...The Folding Star is lit by insight and humour." (Evening Standard)

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Another Hollinghurst triumph

While not my favourite of Alan Hollinghurst's novels, The Folding Star contains some of his best writing. I found myself not particularly interested the sub-plot regarding the Flemish artist but a flashback of the protagonist's first love was so sublime that it left me gasping for more. I will definitely revisit The Folding Star.

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