Review: The Stranger’s Child- Alan Hollinghurst


The Stranger’s Child is a beautiful piece of writing full of elegance and seduction, unsurprisingly charming countless of readers and reaching the number one bestseller spot. Cecil Valance is a Cambridge undergraduate and poet, who is brought by his friend and lover George Sawle to his home ‘Two Acres.’ While Cecil and George secretly indulge their passion with each other in the garden, Cecil also manages to ensnare the attention and affection of George’s younger sister Daphne, and the poem he writes for her becomes famous after his death as a soldier in World War I. What follows this late summer of 1913 is years of history in which both the Valance and Sawle family are inextricably linked. Stories are told, secrets unfold, and the legend of the great poet Cecil Valance survives; changed, altered and transforming into a legend by people from all walks of life as the years pass, so you do not know what is really true of Cecil and the two families and what isn’t. With remarkable precision, The Stranger’s Child spans Great Britain from the period of WW1 right up until modern day Britain, charting the changing cultural, social and sexual attitudes of society, that has made English society what it is today.  A fantastic achievement and a truly memorable novel, in which beautiful lyricism forms the verse and lulls the reader with almost every word and rhythm.

Rating: 4/5

Do I recommend you to read it? Yes, it’s such a beautiful novel

Genre: period novel