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The Swimming Pool Library by Alan Hollinghurst – SAGE Book Discussion Group
August 10 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Alan Hollinghurst’s 1988 debut novel – The Swimming Pool Library – is set in the pre-AIDS summer of 1983, “the last summer of its kind there was ever to be”. A literary sensation and bestseller both in England and America when published, it is an enthralling, darkly erotic novel of homosexuality before the scourge of AIDS; an elegy, possessed of chilling clarity, for ways of life that can no longer be lived with impunity. Impeccably composed and meticulously particular in its observations, it focuses on the friendship of two men: William Beckwith, a young gay aristocrat who leads a life of privilege and promiscuity, and the elderly Lord Nantwich, an old Africa hand, searching for someone to write his biography and inherit his traditions. Please consider joining the SAGE Book Group at the Stonewall Library. All are welcome – no reservation is required.