The Story of the Night Paperback – 7 Mar 2008
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"An impressive, beautifully modulated, affecting book."-- Jeffrey Eugenides, author of "Middlesex"
‘A brave and remarkable novel, the impact of which no reader will shed’ Dermot Bolger, Sunday IndependentSee all Product Description
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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.
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.
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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Set during the junta in Argentina. Quite dark in some places, and NOT a happy ending. Though it reads quite well.Published 8 months ago by Capt Jack
Published in 1996, Colm Tóibín’s third novel is set in Barcelona and, mainly, Argentine, a country that the author visited in the mid-1980s to cover the trial of... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Dr R
Bought this for a friend who l said it was one of the best books he'd ever read.Published 23 months ago by D. Laidlaw