|Alan Hollinghurst: The Swimming pool library
||[Apr. 6th, 2013|12:10 pm]
Visits to imaginary worlds and beyond
This book was lavishly praised as one of the best classics of gay literature. It is a about a posh young man in the 80's London and how he makes friends with an elderly gentleman whose memoirs he sort of agrees to write.
Even if Alan Hollinghurst is a masterful writer and I really like his style, this book was really disappointing to me. It is all about sex obsessed gays who search for casual sex relationships. That's pretty much it. I don't think there was any depth in this book, nothing much to be learned or an epiphany to get. It made me feel alienated and sick at heart. It could have been a great book but it wasn't.
I couldn't help comparing this book to another gay book I recently read. It was a book called A portrait of a friend by Finnish author Pentti Holappa. Even if I had difficult time liking the main character of the story the book was really interesting and beautifully written and had much more depth.