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The Night Buffalo Paperback – 27 Mar 2006

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Product details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre; First Printing edition (27 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340839759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340839751
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 19.7 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,171,660 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A haunting page-turner, masterfully written, "The Night Buffalo" explores how one person's madness affects those around him. Arriaga's poetic, edgy, cinematic qualities and characters are on display here. "The Night Buffalo" examines the fine line between sanity and madness that exists in all of us."

-- Victor Rivas Rivers, actor, author of "A Private Family Matter"

""The Night Buffalo" is a powerful, gripping reflection on love and death...this is the kind of book that makes your heart pound as you race through it, reaching the end with bated breath."

-- Mayra Montero, author of "Captain of the Sleepers" and "The Last Night I Spent with You"

Atmospheric..."The Night Buffalo" twists around itself, revealing secrets slowly and deliberately."
-- "The Miami Herald"

"A haunting page-turner, masterfully written...Arriaga's poetic, edgy, cinematic qualities are on display."
-- Victor Rivas Rivers, actor, author of "A Private Family Matter"

"Powerful, gripping...this is the kind of book that makes your heart pound as you race through it, reaching the end with bated breath."
-- Mayra Montero, author of "Captain of the Sleepers" and "The Last Night I Spent with You"

"Unfolding like a waking nightmare, "The Night Buffalo" is a haunting exploration of the secret places where love and death meet after dark."
-- Tananarive Due, author of "Joplin's Ghost" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I couldn't read this book quick enough. The pace is superb and I was desperate to get to the end to find out what was going on. There is no fancy writing here (and no chapters) but what there is is an edgy and gritty story that oozes realism.
This is the type of story that stays with you long after it's finished, and I just don't feel happy when it is missing from the bookshelf.
I would of liked to have had my suspicions confirmed for me at the end, and to have been able to sit down with Manuel (one of the three main characters) and discuss the complexities, instead I'm left forever wondering and always wanting more, but hey...that's the makings of a great book right?

Please note: I actually gave this book 4/5 stars. I don't know how it ended up with 5/5 !!
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When reading books, many readers try to associate themselves with a character. There's often an emotional connection where the reader can relate with the main protagonists - albeit sharing a same life experience, visited a particular place, or other similarities in their lives. Most readers would prefer characters to have mild-mannered, sweet or lovable traits in their personalities - so that they can be accepted and understood. Likewise, most people like a good old story that travels a journey of some kind. We're all rather partial to sentimentalities of `boy wins heart of girl' or `discovers their hidden desires and embarks on a new meaning of life etc etc' stories. We all love an uplifting tale that suits to our own circumstances. It's comfortable reading.

......however, this book is not and it seems to have the adverse effect in my eyes - I'm not sure if this is the deliberate intention by the writer. If so, he's a damn good writer. If its not, he's a truly awful writer. There is nothing gentle about this book. It's blunt, bland and has a sharp taste to it throughout. This book kicks sand in your face during a sunny afternoon. It's that type of `rough & tough', butch, masculinity book.

It should also be re-iterated that there are no chapters in this book, so it's one long portion of around 200 pages. As a result, you cannot tell your other half "I'll just finish this chapter' before going to sleep or doing a chore - they just might get very irritated with you!!

Only the writer's passion for its core subject, his seductive prose, and the book's rather rapid pace has rescued the book from the dark depths of complete vulgarity. It's been a challenge to read, grating against my personal preset comfort zones.
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This is a twisted tale of a best friend suicide which has far reaching impacts on the narrators life and relationships, as well as the fallout from a twisted love triangle. The book is a page turner but has problems. The translation is patchy in places and the main characters are hard to care about. Some of the actions of the characters are inconsistent and verge on the unbelievable. However the depictions of mental illness and its ramifications are insightful.
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Boring, contrived and badly written, with characters I couldn't give a damn about. When will Sceptre hire a decent proof reader? At least 3 mistakes which shouldn't have got through. Gets one star for Gregorio, the only mildly interesting character and he is dead anyway. Don't waste your time.
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