The Night Swimmer Paperback – 7 Aug 2012
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"The Night Swimmer," it seems to me, is best approached -- andappreciated -- as a tone poem, evocative and often lyrical in its descriptionsof Ireland's landscape, lore, cadences and character." --"San Francisco Chronicle"
"Mr.Bondurant skillfully conjuresthe elemental world his characters inhabit." -"New York Times "
""The Night Swimmer" is intriguing, seductive, treacherous, and frightening. His writing is so beautiful, poignant, and poetic, that the book is worth a second read." --Lynne Cox, author of "Swimming to Antarctica "and "Grayson"
"Before you plunge into "The Night Swimmer", be forewarned: there will be ghosts (and goats), and Gaelic spells cast by black waves of invisible power. But mostly you will be dazzled by the sheer force of Matt Bondurant's storytelling. In prose as rugged as Ireland's coastline and just as enchanting, Bondurant has offered up a breathtaking story of what happens when dreams come true and hearts are unbridled." --Betsy Carter, author of "Swim to Me "and "The Puzzle King "
"Bondurant uses the forbidding landscape of thesouthern Irish coast, blasted by wind and rain and always in the grip ofthe ocean, 'a kingdom of darkness and cold, ' to generate remarkable tension, both psychological and somehow atmospheric..." -Booklist
"Lush, brutal, and otherworldly, "The Night Swimmer" is completely transporting. This darkly beautiful love story
--set in Bondurant's distinctively captivating and merciless coastal Ireland--will pull you under." --Julianna Baggott, author of "Girl Talk"
"But when Bondurant explores what it is like to push yourself to the brink, whether with physical activity, drugs and alcohol, or lust, he captures an intensity of experience the reader won't soon forget."
A powerful book .Cheever by way of Mario Puzo and Jorge Luis Borges. New York Times Book Review"
Bondurant has written another nervy, robust and suspenseful novel. Austin American-Statesman"
A "powerful book....Cheever by way of Mario Puzo and Jorge Luis Borges." --New York Times Book Review
"Bondurant has given us a group of characters full of life and danger....This is a story that will stay with you." --Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Bondurant has written another nervy, robust and suspenseful novel." --Austin American-Statesman
About the Author
Matt Bondurant's second novel The Wettest County in the World was a New York Times Editor's Pick, one of the San Francisco Chronicle's Best 50 Books of the Year, and has been made into a major motion picture retitled Lawless, to be released in August 2012. His first novel The Third Translation was an international bestseller, translated into fourteen languages worldwide. He currently lives in Texas.
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on 3 February 2014
A well researched and skilfully written book, (probably) accurately depicting life for incomers in a small town in Ireland (or, in fact, any small town or village in the UK). Sad, depressing and frustrating for the reader. The story took forever to develop and only became slightly interesting at the very end. Being a cold water swimmer myself I found it odd to read about the heroine doing things that no cold water swimmer would ever do. Mostly I found this book rather boring and ultimately depressing and couldn't honestly recommend it to anyone
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on 13 April 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
I loved the Irish setting and Bondurant's descriptions of the city of Baltimore and island of Clear were vivid and almost made me feel I was there. This is a dark story about a young couple's lucky win of a bar in Ireland and their ill fated attempts to fit into a hostile environment, as well as their struggles to find themselves and define their marriage. The story is suffused with a frightening, magical element and a sense of predestination pervades. Bondurant's descriptions of swimming in the harsh, frigid sea and the physical and mental effects of hypothermia were realistic to the point of being painful. A love story, coming of age story and a gruesome fairy tale all in one.
Just couldnt get into it
on 27 February 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
I dont know what im missing here. Lots of highly rated reviews for a book that in my opinion went down hill after chapter 1 when you witness a fantasticly funny back story scene with his crazy father coming to visit. Then it got annoying, self indulgent and boring. I have no attachment to any characters in the book. Im not even dreaming about what should be an amazing country side in Ireland. I dont see how the main character is spending all her time going to some island and swimming every day while her husband tries to run a bar. Maybe thats the point of this book. Sorry Matt, i just couldnt stay interested.
on 12 March 2015 - Published on Amazon.com
Enjoyed the twists and turns, the magical realism. The couple is very tortured and self-destructive, some insights into the disintegration of a couple of childlike adults with substance abuse issues, troubled childhoods incapable of dealing with the difficulties of adulthood. Their escape attempts are unusual and ultimately sad, but the book doesn't feel as traumatic perhaps because the setting and the prose is so beautiful.
2 people found this helpful.
Compelling last third
on 30 April 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I found the last third of the book much more compelling than the first 2/3, but I was left with a number of questions, not the lease of which was why?
One person found this helpful.
on 24 October 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I give this book two stars only because I was able to finish it. In my efforts to get to the end I kept believing that it would all come together. It didn't.
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