Mood and intent but not much action

It is a brave writer who gives the title of his book to a scandal that affects its central characters but never actually gives us the nuts and bolts of what happened in The Sparsholt Affair.
But then this allusion to rather than description of events is a thread that runs all the way through the book.
It’s as if Alan Hollinghurst was more interested in the way he wrote it rather than the characters and the plot. Perhaps this why I lost track of the people in his story during the middle section and it felt that I was trudging through the waist-high snow of a Russian classic like War and Peace or Dr Zhivago.
Click on this link to read my (short) Goodreads review.

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05 2019

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