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Godmother Night: A Novel Hardcover – Sep 1996

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 355 pages
  • Publisher: St Martins Pr (Sept. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 031214606X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312146061
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 14.6 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,453,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elaluf Calderwood on 28 May 2002
Format: Paperback
in the way is given to us readers. We learn to be afraid, to respect and finally to love Godmother night. This Book makes us think further about why we are here and what is in life that matters. A parallel world in were all can be possible. No need to be gay to love it.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Jan. 1999
Format: Paperback
Really enjoyable read, liked the combination of mystical and love storylines. Don't need to be gay to enjoy this one.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
beyond Orpheus..between Eros, Thanatos & the self� 12 April 2000
By Paula Gabrielle - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Godmother Night is now one of my favourite books & it's the most moving book I have read since Geek Love by Katherine Dunn. It's seemingly influenced by both the myth of Orpheus & Cocteau's film, Orphee, which also features a well-dressed woman who is literally death & is attended by motorcyclists. Readers interested in feminist, "women's" or lesbian fiction, as well as those attracted by magickal realism, pagan related fantasy & fairy tales, or just about anyone who loves brilliantly crafted & eloquently written books will not be disappointed. The love affair between Laurie & Jaqe is highly believable & I could strongly relate to their relationship & to the problems that Laurie encounters with her academic studies, it was like seeing parts of my life & aspects of myself on the page. At points I found the book distressing which only added to its power, it takes on serious issues from "life" & beyond. Though I already had some of the comics she has written (The Geek & Doom Patrol), the Vertigo Tarot book, & The Body of the Goddess, (which are of an equal standard to Godmother Night!) this book propelled me onto a quest to read more of her work. Prepare for an intense love affair with this author's work! It's a must read that has left me urgently needing MORE Rachel Pollack books.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
For any age, for any gender, for any love, for any PERSON 14 Feb. 2004
By spice is nice - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Rachel Pollack has left me completely smitten. Smitten with Laurie, with Jaqe, Kate, and Godmother Night. I didn't want the story to end. She had me nervous, laughing, crying, anticipating. It's a story about love. Love that any reader can understand, in a very universal form. It's a story of high imagination, and vivid details. I could not put this book down. I have since recommended this book to 2 people who have also completely fallen in love with it. This is by far, the #1 on my lists of favorites. It is so beautifully written, and I have never had a book pull me in the way this book has. Thank you Rachel for your gift, without this book, I'd be missing out on something so damn good.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Transcendant. Extraordinary. Beautiful. 22 Jan. 2008
By A.W. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I read Godmother Night years ago, and it still creeps into my thoughts often. This book gave me chills and tears and those strange aha! moments when I felt like the story made me understand joy better.

I love how this book worked on several levels simultaneously. The love relationships (lovers, parents, friends) are heartbreakingly real and believable. The overlaying mystical/fantastical elements are like beautiful poetry: true as any truth, but dwelling outside the mundane. The layers lay together like an unfolding rose, impossibly perfect, impossibly beautiful. After Godmother Night, other love stories seem shallow and banal.

This is my favorite book of all time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
very lyrical...had me from the start 14 May 1997
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I think this is one of the most beautiful books written this year. Its fairy-tale-like quality is enchanting, but is also completely believable. The modern setting and fantastic events blend together seamlessly. I warmed to the characters, and found myself both crying and laughing out loud many times during my reading of the book. My only criticism is that I found the character of Laurie quite inconsistent in the last part of the book. Despite this, this goes on my favourite book list!
If you like fairy tales, this is a must-read.
Elizabeth Jones, Melbourne, Australia
A Light Read at Best 9 Aug. 2015
By Susanne DS - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I was expecting more from an award winning novel. The characters were interesting but some left center stage just when they became interesting. I have to admit that I am still uncertain of what or whom "Godmother Night" represents. And then there were the dead who reappear seeking "?" and behave like nuisance vagrants. I thought this reanimation was a prelude to a return to the plot of more important characters to enlighten the reader and give more depth to the narrative. Not so.
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