Closer to 4.5
At heart, a beautifully written, intriguing story about a young aristocratic (soon to be famous) poet spending a weekend at the family home of his shy, innocent Cambridge friend just before the outbreak of WWI and deftly weaves it's way through the reverberations of the decades that follow. Told from differing POVs, who sometimes are only loosely connected with the original characters, it weaves various threads into a satisfying tapestry of interconnected lives. It's underlying themes of truth, memory, history, war, class and gay issues add substance to the wonderfully human characterization.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book and want to thank my good friend Kim for bringing it to my attention, and also for patiently suffering through a slowish buddy read with me :-).