- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: AmazonCrossing; Translation edition (1 Dec. 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 154204975X
- ISBN-13: 978-1542049757
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Average Customer Review: 46 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,053,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Night of the Moths Paperback – 1 Dec 2017
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About the Author
Riccardo Bruni is an Italian journalist who writes for newspapers, magazines, webzines, and blogs. The Night of the Moths is his second novel translated into English, following The Lion and the Rose. La stagione del biancospino (The Hawthorne Season) will be his next translated work. He is also the author of the novels La lunga notte dell’Iguana, Nessun dolore, and Zona d’ombra. For more information, please visit www.riccardobruni.com.
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The characters are believable. Some are even likeable. Yet the author employs clumsy techniques to portray them. Then, as if concerned that the reader won't know what he meant by it, Bruni will come out and qualify it.
So. Many. References. I really don't care to know the name of every song a character hears, or the exact scenes from movies they enjoy. It wasn't useful information since, for thee most part, you'd have to know the song/film to appreciate its mention.
Obviously, the author would prefer to work in TV/cinema. The use of the present tense can lend a book a "cinematic" feel, and that can be wonderful. However, Bruni applies tricks best left to the screen. Tactics of storytelling that work visually but completely bomb when placed in written word.
I'm not sure whether the language can be criticised fully, as this is translated. Perhaps some areas flow better when written in Italian. It could be certain unnatural sentences are the product of "lost in translation".
This isn't the worst book I've read. It could have been better, the slightly underwhelming "twist" notwithstanding. There was potential. Give it a go if you find it free or on sale.
Initially, some of the dialogue did seem stilted and rather fatuous, making me wonder if I shouldn't have heeded the advice which I had sought, but the story line was still interesting. I also felt that, on occasion, the translation was a bit contrived and unnatural, though most of the time it didn't feel like as if I was reading a translation, which is always a good sign. As I continued, the plot got much more of a hold on me, but I was still a bit disappointed with most of the characterisation, Chiara being the exception; what a totally believable teenager Riccardo Bruni has created! I loved her!
By the final revelation, I had forgiven Bruni the lack of depth to his characters. In fact, my overall view had changed quite radically and I am pleased to say that I found this a well-crafted book!
As for the plot, the less you know before you start, the more you will enjoy it.
I can happily follow a book that bounces back and forth in terms of time but this was a little baffling and disjointed.
The characterisation was awful, I'm sorry, its harsh but they were cold, stiff and aloof and it just made you work against them as a reader.
I found that I just did not care about who was killed or why and I didn' care much to who did it either.
The author holds back 'secrets' way too much and that was a bore because the characters were hard to like.
All that said don't let this put you off. It is a good story - just not the best book I've read.
The ending us surprising but oddly satisfying.
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It had lots of red herrings, and it kept the reader guessing right up to the end.