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The Story of the Night
The Story of the Night: A Novel | Colm Toibin
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From the award-winning author of Brooklyn and The Master, a powerful, brave, and moving novel set in Argentina. In Argentina, in the time of the Generals, the streets are empty at night, and people have trained themselves not to see. Richard Garay lives with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and from society. Stifled by his job, Richard is willing to take chances, both sexually and professionally. But Argentina is changing, and as his country edges toward peace, Richard tentatively begins a love affair. The result is a powerful, brave, and poignant novel of sex, death, and the diffculties of connecting one's inner life with the outside world.
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Olivia306
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The storytelling is brilliant, it did pull me under its spell. But there's smth about the MC - the detachment, the self-entitlement at times, the feeling that smth is missing while accompanying MC on his journey. The third part of the novel is way better and there's smth melancholic and terribly real about the pain and the fear exposed. A good story about weakness & selfishness but also about love, courage and incredible loss.

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charl08
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When I meet an AIDS doctor who's rude, I'll know this plague is over.

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charl08
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Toibin's character reflects on the power of nationalism as the attack on the Malvinas/Falklands (temporarily) brings people together.

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bookwrm526
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So...apparently this is a huge hole in my reading! These are the only two I could find set in South America in the last three years (since I started keeping track of setting). I could add more if I included Central America and the Caribbean...and one more by an AUTHOR from SA but set in Germany. Need to get reading! #booktober

RealLifeReading Mine too 3y
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Mrtreads

The first part of the book is a mess, boring and narcissistic. the political elements don't seem to gel with the love story. And the story isn't cohesive. But I got slowly sucked in by the sex scenes, which are ethereal, and the ending is divine, if a tad predictable and mushy.

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KVanRead
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#Recommendsday These pics have nothing to do with what happens in The Story of Night, but they have everything to do with what happens when you become totally absorbed in a book while your toddlers are finger painting. Before you judge me, just know it's an amazing book! Fascinating, thrilling, suspenseful and masterfully written. Toìbin is one of the best craftsmen writing today. As for these two they're teens now who love art and books ???

LauraBeth Lol 😀 3y
SusanInTiburon "Get dirty! Make mistakes!" Ms. Frizzle would be so proud! 3y
KVanRead @SusanInTiburon Yay! ❤️Ms Frizzle! 3y
britt_brooke 😍😂 3y
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Onioons
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I've started both copies and gotten distracted each time. But I'm determined to finish because Colm Toibin is so great.... #severalcoverssunday

shawnmooney The cover on the left is very very sexy! :-) I read this novel when it first came out, 20 years ago now? I enjoyed it. Didn't love it, but enjoyed it very much. 4y
Onioons @shawnmooney got the copy on the left in NY & the other in Dublin. Which might explain that 😄 must try reading this again... 4y
quirkyreader I think I have this book in one of my piles somewhere with yet another cover. Or it could be another tittle. 4y
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