Despite my enjoyment of the novel, I was bothered by inconsistencies in the treatment of the gay man. A puzzling, problematic issue in the novel is that though Hollinghurst celebrates homosexuality throughout the book, he also condemns the gay experience as being grimy and superficial. Will chooses his partners based exclusively on their physical appearance, and his copulations with them are usually as devoid of romance as skid marks on the driveway. He also refuses to commit to a monogamous relationship. Furthermore, Hollinghurst vindicates Will's practice as being part of the normal gay lifestyle, which suggests that most gay men do not have healthy, romantic monogamous relationships, which I'm sure is false.
The mystery, humor, and charismatic characters in The Swimming Pool Library make me anxious to read more of Hollinghurst's work.