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Tony and Susan Paperback – 1 Jul 2011

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Product details

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books; Main edition (1 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848870221
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848870222
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 48,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`A superb and thrilling novel... extraordinary' --Ian McEwan

`A perfect literary puzzle, an irresistible tale about marriage and murder, both thrilling and moving' --Scott Turow

About the Author

Austin M. Wright was born in New York in 1922. He was a novelist and academic. He lived with his wife and daughters in Cincinnati, and died in 2003 at the age of eighty.

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Susan recieves a manuscript for a book called Nocturnal Animals from her first husband who she divorced 25 years before (mostly because of his failed attempts at becoming a writer). She is now not very happily married to Arnold, a doctor and has 3 children. Susan reads the book whilst Arnold is at a medical conference. The book is about a man called Tony and the shocking consequences of him deciding to drive through the night with his wife and teenage daughter to their holiday home in Maine. We get to read the utterly gripping book interspersed with Susan's musings and daydreams about her current life and past and gradually her story is revealed to us.

This is not the sort of book that would usually appeal to me - modern, a book within a book format and the manuscript a taut psychological drama with cops involved. However, I really, really liked this book. Enjoy is not quite the right word as it isn't a happy or funny book. It is just so well observed, it raises questions about how we all live our lives and how split second choices , the things we hide and our deeds change things forever. I found I really (like Susan with the manuscript) looked forward to finding time to read this book and tried to read it "at the right time", so that I could give it my attention and a good wadge of time.

This edition of the book is very nicely presented - slightly wider paperback on very nice thick papaer and good large font. Great for me as I have started to have trouble reading very small print up close.

Excellent book - so sad it went unrecognised.
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Susan is reading a novel (Nocturnal Animals) about a man named Tony, written by her ex, Edward. The vast majority of the book comprises Nocturnal Animals .... and for me, here's the problem - it's not in fact a very good book. It has an explosive opening, where a 'good' family make a chance night-time encounter on a deserted highway with a bunch of bad guys who try to run them off the road. Immediately we are thrown into a violent thriller where the readers attention is maintained by the danger in which the characters are placed. What Tony and Susan adds to this is that in parallel with the traditional thriller featuring Tony, we have a more subtle thriller involving Susan as she reads the book. Edward is coming to visit and Susan works herself into a lather wondering if the violence in the book is a message to her, whose marriage to Edward ended after she was unfaithful to him.

My hopes were raised by the cover quotation from no lesser writer than Saul Bellow who describes Tony and Susan as being "marvellously written". In parts it is but equally, in parts we get "When that young Susan on Edward's bed saw Arnold Morrow's alarming penis suddenly come into view with swollen purpose, she heard a gong in her head. She heard another soon after, when she decided to let it in" which to my mind puts it in the running for that bad sex writing award that gets dished out every year.

Ultimately, it's not a bad book. Certainly interesting in parts, particularly in its deeper considerations of how we read books and, in part what books mean to their writers. But does it warrant the praise heaped on it by the publishers who have republished it after the initial failure of the book to make any headway describing it as "the most astounding lost masterpiece of American fiction since Revolutionary Road"? That's a big claim, and one that it doesn't, for me, deliver on.
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First I have to say that although I have an eclectic taste in reading, this probably isn't my favorite genre. Also, I only paid 99p as from memory I think it was a Kindle Daily Deal, but I would have been disappointed had I paid full price.

I won't go into the story line as it has a good synopsis as well as lots of varied reviews but it definitely wasn't a classic for me.

I'm not sure even, whether downloading a sample would be of help, because the beginning starts off exceptionally well but for me it goes downhill, probably around the middle, and I only carried on reading in the hope it would pick up. The book within a book didn't work and I found myself becoming bored with Susan's reading excepts, but of course these where crucial to the plot so I had to read them. I found reading it at bedtime soon had me feeling tired (so some good there)!

For me, although the Tony and Susan relationship was thought provoking, the book would have been a very good thriller without it.
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By Moonlit VINE VOICE on 18 Aug. 2011
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Susan, a middle aged woman, receives a package one day which contains the manuscript of a book written by her ex husband Edward. She starts to read it, musing about her failed marriage to him and his attempts at writing which she was very critical about at the time. Tony and Susan contains a book within a book, Nocturnal Animals. We read it at the same time as Susan and are privy to her thoughts about it as well as to insights about her current relationship with her husband Arnold and her past relationship with Edward.

Somewhat to her surprise she finds that what he has written is compelling and she finds herself totally drawn in to it. This starts to make her reappraise what she thought about Edward and his writing. And the story he has written is terrific - very frightening and with real insights into what it is to be civilised and be up against raw brutality. Other reviewers have commented on some bad writing within this part but I think this is cleverly done. It is a manuscript (Edward wants Susan's opinion of it), it hasn't been proof read or edited and I think this adds to the 'reality' of Susan reading it.

I am a writer and this book contains many interesting insights into the process of not only writing but being in the position of being asked to comment about others' writing. I was sad to read that it is only now being lauded in the way it deserves, some time after the author's death.

It strikes me that this would be a really good book for a book group to read as there are so many questions that need to be answered. I would have given it five stars but I wasn't fully convinced by the ending. But I will definitely read it again because it is well worth reading and I highly recommend it. Very original.
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