Naomi Alderman: The Lessons


The latest addition to my website is Naomi Alderman‘s The Lessons. Naomi Alderman is one of the Granta’s Best Young British Novelists. Though this novel, an Oxford University and after novel, owes a certain amount to Brideshead Revisited, The Line of Beauty and The Secret History, it is still a good, well-written novel, telling the story of an ordinary middle-class Oxford student meeting up with a very rich but very unbalanced student, with whom he has a homosexual affair and with whom he shares a house in Oxford, along with several other students, including his girlfriend. As with any good university novel, it is about how this student tries to find out who he really is and where he is going. I look forward to reading future novels by Alderman.

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