The Spell - Alan Hollinghurst

The Spell

By Alan Hollinghurst

  • Release Date: 1999-04-01
  • Genre: Gay
Score: 4
From 23 Ratings


Here are the interlocking affairs of four men: Robin Woodfield, an architect in his late forties trying to build an idyllic life in Dorset with his young lover, Justin, a would-be actor increasingly disenchanted with the countryside; Robin's attractive and dangerously volatile twenty-two-year-old son Danny; and Justin's former boyfriend Alex, whose life is unexpectedly transformed by a night of house music and a tab of ecstasy.As each falls under the spell of romance or drugs, country living or rough trade, a richly ironic picture emerges of the illusions of love, and 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. Ultimately, The Spell details the restlessness of every human heart.


  • A satisfying reminder...

    By Design Boss
    ...of why my closest friends bear no resemblance to these characters. I so prefer to be surrounded by emotionally developed adults.