I finished it on Monday having devoured the last 200 pages or so in one sitting. it's delightful! the prose oscillates between genuinely sharp and witty and a little undercooked, and the characters are mostly pretty stock, but the story is really enjoyable, I laughed out loud several times, and there's a very tastefully done subplot about a deceased person that did make me a bit teary. Nicole will have SO MUCH FUN with the Masha character.Oh I need to do this too!
This one takes the cake though.Aren't they all the same anyway? A constant stream of lithe youths called Tristram and their adventures up "the other"?
In all seriousness when it comes to Hollinghurst I would strongly recommend The Line of Beauty and The Swimming Pool Library. I do believe The Spell is considered to be the runt of the litter so no surprise there.
Any GOOD queer fiction anyone can recommend? Although I'm quite tempted to read this one for reasons of sheer awfulness