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The Story of the Night Paperback – 7 Mar 2008

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  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (7 Mar. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330340182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330340182
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"An impressive, beautifully modulated, affecting book."-- Jeffrey Eugenides, author of "Middlesex"

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‘A brave and remarkable novel, the impact of which no reader will shed’ Dermot Bolger, Sunday Independent

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I bought this book by chance, interested in the content and by Toibin's reputation. I never expected to be moved to tears. I read the book in three sittings, something I have never done before, simply because I could not put it down. I think I almost fell in love with Richard Garay and I have only ever once before cried when reaching the end of a novel. The subject matter in the final chapter is particularly close to my heart and I will never forget the emotional journery either in my own life or in the chacters depected here. Thank you for writing this book and portraying real gay characters, not simply laughable, camp shallow characters, and for portraying so poiniantly how two men can fall in love so deeply, the difficulties they can sometimes face coming to terms with their sexuality and the isolation that it can bring. I want to dive back into their lives and share it with them all over again. I am profoundly moved.
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I found this quite by chance and probably wouldn't have bought it if I'd been aware of the content. It deals with the coming of age of a young gay man in the Argentina of the generals in the 1980's.
From the very beginning I was absolutely gripped by Toibin's wonderfully straight-forward and honest narrative. I absolutely love the way his characters say real things, are realistically unable to express outwardly whats going on inside them, though Toibin manages to convey their inner lives to the reader. One thing I've found in all of Toibin's novels that I've subsequently read, is that its impossible to dislike ANY of his characters, because he observes them with a marvelously humane dispassion. I love this writer, he's totally incapable of writing a bad novel.
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By A Customer on 22 Dec. 2005
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A superb novel - the author's style is so pared-down as to be almost minimalist, but he paints vivid pictures and characters through very controlled structures. I found it to be a very erotic novel, in the deepest sense of that word's meaning, and also rather sinister. The last chapter, with its portrayal of tenderness and love, moved me to tears. Definitely not a paperback to throw away - this is one I shall keep and re-read in a year or so's time.
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By A Customer on 25 Nov. 2002
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I read this book completely by chance, and am so glad that I got the opportunity. It was succinct, flowing, and full of accurate imagery. The author does such a good job of capturing the details of life in Buenos Aires, throughout the period that he has chosen to base his novel in. I thought his treatment of the transition period especially in the early 1980's was spot on, and he succeeds in portraying Argentina's national emotions, that vary from intense pride to shame. As a member of that 'Anglo-Argentinean' community that he describes with such detail, I can say that he gets very close, and reflects the lives and attitudes of so many people, it is uncanny at times. If nothing else, this book will help you to understand the recent history of Argentina that we have lived through, and still has a great impact on our lives. Diez puntos, ¡comprálo!
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By A Customer on 3 May 2004
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This book grasps the ever difficult subject of gay fiction and turns it into something very powerful. The subject matter of this book is so intense and well written there is no need for long, drawn out sex scenes or any of the camp humour usually associated with gay novels. From cover to cover the book is filled with an emotional, intelligent insight into gay life behind closed doors.
The main character, Richard Gray, discovers his sexuality at a time of turmoil in Argentina during the reign of the Generals and then, the Falklands war. As he lives with his Patriotic British mother he finds it hard to not only combat prejudice for his upbringing, but he also has to hide his true feelings for the men that surround him. As Richard goes through life he encounters many political and personal hurdles to finally find himself happy and feeling at home.
This is definately a page turner. An intelligent and exciting book to read from a well established author, who is not affraid to see another side to the lives of homosexuals in the 1980's.
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Richard/Ricardo discovers his identity at a time of great unrest in Argentina during the reign of the Generals and the Falklands war and before the AIDS crisis.

Following the death of his staunchly patriotic English mother, Richard finds himself alone and finding solace with men he encounters on streets and in saunas. After quitting his job as an English teacher, his Anglo-Argentinean language skills come in useful as he is introduced into the world of Americans, politics, business men and corruption. This leads him to meet the elusive but alluring Pablo, brother of Jorge - Richard's friend and English student.

Erotic but never vulgar, the story that ensues is predictable but written in a succinct and realistic style, efficiently portraying the fear and desolation that many gay men must have felt during the 80's.

It is important to bear in mind that this title was first published in 1997 so is a relatively old book and, for some, may not have the same impact that it did at the time.

The group was divided with its appraisal but, worryingly, everyone agreed the middle third of the book could have been omitted with little detriment to the overall story! This read may be best suited to someone new to gay fiction who can keep up with the history lesson too.
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