Year 12, Book 95

95. The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

This book begins in the 1940s during the midst of World War II at Oxford University and ends in the present day. It follows a small group of students, but mostly Evert Dax and David Sparsholt, and Sparsholt’s son, Johnny who becomes a part of the artist group assembled by Evert Dax.

I didn’t love this book. I felt very jarred when the story shifted in time. At first I thought it might be a series of short stories and I hadn’t realized it. I of course eventually realized it was a continuation of the story somewhat just many years later. But it seemed like most of the interesting stuff in this book happened off stage between the time leaps and then the following parts would spend their time hinting back at what those events might have been. I give it a 4 out of 10.

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