The Line of Beauty Book Summary and Study Guide

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The story is set in the mid 1980's in London. Nick Guest has just graduated from Oxford and has started a Phd program in English literature, focusing on the novels of Henry James. Nick is middle class, but, at Oxford, he made friends with the son of a wealthy member of Parliament, named Gerald Fedden. Nick rents a room in Gerald's Notting Hill mansion.
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As Nick is learning the ways of the upper class, he is also coming out as a gay man. His first boyfriend is Leo, a slightly older black man. Nick then moves on to have a secret involvement with the son of a very rich Lebanese immigrant.

Since it is the 1980's, the story talks about Prime Minister Thatcher, money, cocaine, and AIDS.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   depressed Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of sex:    -   two guys doing it Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Taboo sex story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK City?    -   Yes City:    -   London Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   licking    -   Weiner talk!    -   two guys doing it Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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