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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: MacMillan Audio; Unabridged edition (28 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1427210578
  • ISBN-13: 978-1427210579
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.2 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,542,499 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘Cunningham encourages his reader to wrestle with things that interest him by sketching his plots delicately over classic lines. In this case, the arrival of the guest who will change everything is reworked into a discussion about art and decay by a writer who can write a page-turning novel that lingers eloquently in the mind’ The Times

‘This is a book about art, love, marriage and mortality… One of the intriguing and peculiar qualities of ‘By Nightfall’ is that it makes you live with a character who seems never quite at ease with his own identity… One of Cunningham's gifts is to be able to shift gears when he wants, out of banal everydayness into an intense rhapsodic meditation on the meaning and purpose of life.’ Guardian

‘Michael Cunningham is embarked on one of the more satisfying career trajectories of contemporary American novelists…’By Nightfall’ offers the reader an abundance of exquisite, enriching thumbnail sketches’ Times Literary Supplement

‘Constantly surprising … a love letter to New York, a hymn to youth and a meditation on the way art and literature alter our perception of the world’ Evening Standard

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Michael Cunningham is the author of six novels, including ‘A Home at the End of the World’, ‘Flesh and Blood’, ‘The Hours’ (winner of the PEN / Faulkner Award and the Pulitzer Prize), ‘Specimen Days’ and ‘By Nightfall’, as well as ‘Land’s End: A Walk in Provincetown’. His most recent novel is ‘The Snow Queen’. He lives in New York.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Piers Torday on 17 Nov 2011
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm not going to comment on the book itself, as plenty of others have done so below, except to say that I personally found it an engaging and exquisitely composed meditation on what constitutes true beauty in our post-modern modern world - amongst other things.

But as read on my Kindle iPad app, I didn't find it very beautiful to read at all.

The electronic book is riddled with typographical and formatting errors, which would surely cause great dismay to Michael Cunningham, having clearly taken such care over his prose. For example every usage of "coffee" (which in a book set in Manhattan is about every page)the word is broken up into two non-existent words: "coff" and "ee". In fact every word with a double "ff" is split into two (off end, diff use) - which when you have a character called Groff, starts to get really problematic and way beyond the odd forgivable typo.

There are also:

Chunks of dialogue assigned to the wrong character through lack of a carriage return, so it looks like they are replying to their own question

Odd gaps and justification spaces throughout

I love Kindles and I like reading electronic books, but the lack of quality control in many of them is poor, and in this one particularly shocking.

DO NOT BUY THE ELECTRONIC VERSION IF YOU CARE ABOUT SMALL THINGS LIKE SPELLING AND LEGIBILITY.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christabelle on 9 Feb 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I was completely bowled over by this book, I hadn’t heard much about it, so, despite having enjoyed ‘The Hours’ very much some years ago, wasn’t particularly expecting it to be spectacular. Spectacular it is though, it is the best book I have read in quite some time, and I read a lot. The writing is incredibly powerful. I felt that I needed to read certain passages a number of times in order to fully appreciate them and grasp their meaning, but the writing is so good that re-reading parts of it was an absolute pleasure. I particularly liked that while some of the book is written in Peter’s stream of consciousness, some passages of which are quite complex, the book never becomes difficult to follow. Further, the fact that the complex stream of consciousness passages are fairly infrequent makes these more powerful when they do come.

Although Peter’s serious contemplation of a romantic relationship with his wife’s much younger brother does seem ludicrous, I did not feel that the idea was too far-fetched for the novel to be credible, as Peter’s disillusionment with his stale marriage and his career, his feelings of failure as a father, his long-endured grief for his brother and his growing awareness that he is no longer a young man are very believable, making it possible that he would be drawn to something new, however inappropriate this may be (not only is Mizzy young enough to be his son, he is also his brother-in-law).

I felt that the ending was maybe the weakest part of the novel, but, having said that, it is a realistic ending.

I definitely recommend this to any Virginia Woolf fans and to anyone who enjoys beautiful writing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Jan 2011
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Living in Manhattan Peter and Rebecca are both involved in the art world, he a dealer and gallery owner, she an editor. In their forties, they have a daughter who lives away, a daughter they feel they have failed. Their own lives seem to be settled but routine, that is until Rebecca's much younger brother turns up. Ethan, in his twenties, know as Mizzy - the mistake, the wonder child of the family, the one they all doted on, but the one who has gone astray, into drugs and unsure what he wants to do, he has descended upon Peter and Rebecca with claims that he thinks he might want to do something in art.

His arrival, initially resented by Peter, engenders strange feelings in him; Peter is attracted to Mizzy's unnerving likeness to a younger Rebecca; and could it be the Mizzy is attracted to him too, and if so will they do anything about it?

I loved this novel, it is beautifully written, prose that one wants to linger over and savour, rich in description and brimming with atmosphere; looking deeply at the characters and their motivations. The conversations are exquisitely handled, thoroughly convincing. I am sure this is a book that I will be reading again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on 17 Dec 2011
Format: Hardcover
Picked up this on whim and was amazed. What a slam dunk. Now it makes me want to go back and read
"The Hours" which I avoided because of the really dull movie. Having no idea about how clever this writer was I picked up this book and was just blown away by the writing. Felt like John Updike with some poetic prose in the service of a lost middle-aged man like Rabbit Angstrom. The author alludes to John Cheever in one part of the story so this might not be so off base. Loved it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. Elia on 9 Aug 2014
Format: Paperback
Michael Cunningham is a beautiful writer, there's no doubt about that. This book has not failed to live up to our expectations. The language he uses is so sentimentally linked to our own parts of self-doubt, self-esteem, self-acceptance and denial, our insecurities and embarrassing truths. The book explores the turmoil of beauty and the way it fades away creating a middle-life crisis in some people. Finally, there is the issue of marriage which unfolds into a romantic lifelong process but also as a procedure which can bring out the most hidden desires and forbidden unconscious desires on the surface. It is a masterpiece.
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