So far, so good. But somewhere along the way, the fairy dust gets a little thick. Is it the chapter in which the moon goddess ravishes virginal Danny? ("Now she strokes the skin of the sleeping one, now she kisses his eyelids closed in dream, now she stiffens his love-lance with her hand.") Or perhaps the appearance of Pan, "a moon-dancer, a flute-dreamer" making music for the town's children? How about the "Song of the One-Eyed Cuddly Bear" chapter, which reads, in its entirety, "I wuv woo. Does woo wuv me?" The only real danger posed in this wispy novella--"the man with shiny black hair" who stalks Laura in order to add her to his "gallery"--is not actually a threat, we're assured. Millhauser even reduces his bold girl outlaws, with their "pleasure in violation," to sipping midnight lemonade with their victim. And what, really, is magic without danger? Decoration, mostly, though there's nothing particularly wrong with that--just nothing particularly urgent either. None of which is to say that there aren't moments of startling beauty in Enchanted Night. There is no stylist more graceful than Millhauser at his best, and here he writes movingly about the formless yearnings of adolescence and the mortal sweetness of sex. Yet even the prose can't quite animate his novella. In the end, Enchanted Night is a rarefied aesthetic experience that asks for very little back. --Mary Park --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
While this is indeed a short work, it's as luminous & rich as a handful of pearls scattered in the moonlight ... Read morePublished 1 month ago by William Timothy Lukeman
What an inspiring piece of literature, I am so glad we live in an age where a book like this exists.Published 4 months ago by Sean C.
This is a slim, gorgeous, simply enjoyable, startling romantic little book about a smattering of everypeople using the night to entertain their deep desires and hidden longings. Read morePublished on June 21, 2011 by scott89119
A quick read - lots of fun, imagination and quite an atmosphere - not to be missed.Published on August 9, 2010 by Amazon Customer
This is a beautiful exploration of a small Connecticut town on a summer night, but calling it a novella seems a bit of a stretch to me. Verbal snapshots would be more appropriate. Read morePublished on December 27, 2009 by Brianna Cole
a wonderful novella about the strange, surreal goings on in a classic american smalltown one night after dark. beautifully written, as everything by millhauser is. Read morePublished on March 24, 2009 by wordtron
I read it while washing dishes, folding laundry, on my breaks, and even though I didn't want it to end, I couldn't stop reading. Read morePublished on February 22, 2007 by Remmy LeFresne
Poetic, romantic, funny night of lunar longing for the residents of a suburban Connecticut town. One night with a cast of many intersecting entities including (but not limited to)... Read morePublished on February 23, 2006 by A. Wallace
One enchanted night, under a full moon, the loners come out to walk in
the moonlight. The mournful music of a flute calls to children, who
leave their homes... Read more