The SpellBook - 1998
"Alan Hollinghurst's new novel is a comedy of sexual manners that follows the interlocking affairs of four men- Robin Woodfield, an architect in his late forties, who is trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his younger lover, Justin, a would-be actor increasingly disenchanted with the countryside; Robin's 22 year old son Danny, a volatile beauty who lives for clubbing and casual sex; and the shy Alex, whose life is transformed by house music and a tab of ecstasy. As each in turn falls under the spell of romance or drugs, country living or rough trade, a richly ironic picture emerges of the clashing imperatives of modern gay life, the hunger for contact and the fear of commitment, the need for permanence and the continual disruptions of sex. At once lyrical and farcical, sceptical and romantic, the SPELL confirms Alan Hollinghurst as one of Britain's most important novelists."
Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, 1998.
Branch Call Number: FIC HOL