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“A wild ride—I found [The Great Night] almost viscerally thrilling, especially the experience of moving through [Adrian’s] prose as it crackles and purrs . . . the most brilliant and profound reimagining in Adrian’s vision isn’t the way he magics the humans but the way he humanifies Shakespeare’s fairies . . . Reading The Great Night was an extraordinary experience. When I finished it, I started it over again.”—Alexandra Mullen, The Barnes and Noble Review
“Adrian has demonstrated a vast imagination in his earlier books, particularly The Children’s Hospital, a tale of doctors and patients and angels (yes, angels) in a post-apocalyptic hospital that has become the world’s new ark. He is a fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology and a graduate student at Harvard Divinity School, and his work indeed suggests a profound interest in where life meets death and how we make sense of that great undiscovered country . . . The Great Night is no exception . . . Adrian once again left me feeling both meditative and moved.”—Chris Bohjalian, The Boston Globe
“Himself a pediatric oncologist, Adrian has always written with depth and compassion about grief, but I can’t recall anything in his two prior novels or collection of stories that matches that chapters in [The Great Night] describing what it’s like to be a mother experiencing the loss of a child . . . Rather than Pyramus and Thisbe, we’re treated to a musical version of “Soylent Green,” the 1973 dystopian thriller starring Charlton Heston, in which there isn’t enough to eat, and the Soylent Corp. makes its money by secretly turning people into food. The humor is—well—delicious. But it also makes a joyous, life-affirming point, echoing Shakespeare’s own insistence that lovers must eventually return to everyday life in Athens.”—Mike Fischer, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
Chris Adrian is the author of Gob’s Grief, The Children’s Hospital, and A Better Angel. Selected by The New Yorker as one of their “20 Under 40,” he lives in San Francisco, where he is a fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology.
This might have been a great novella - maybe two - but not a novel.
At times it feels like Adrian is trying to do too much, which is perhaps not surprising, given the number of characters and plots and intrigues going on here.
It's yet another discordant thread -- perhaps intentional, but it didn't particularly serve the story.
I greatly looked forward to reading this book because of Chris Adrian's short story "A Tiny Feast", which was published in The New Yorker, and is contained in the book as one... Read morePublished 2 days ago by sonnetgirl7
I don't really know what this book was. It can be interpreted on so many levels...none of them literal. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Bookwoody
The reviews have done an admirable job of outlining the peaks and valleys of this rather amazing book. I found it charmingly inventive with a truly astounding use of language. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Leapin' Literary Lurkers
Original, engaging and quirky, this book doesn't disappointment. Beautifully drawn characters, vivid imagery, and a perspective that is completely unique.Published 21 months ago by JBA
The concept for this book really pulled me in. I wanted so much to fall in love with this story, as I thought the premise was simply fantastical genius and was something right up... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Karen Adrian
I wanted to like this book. I wanted to like it so much! I have always been a Shakespeare fan, and I have always loved the comedy of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by RebeccaRae
Loved, loved, loved this book. I wasn't sure if I would like it- I find that a lot of books by "literary" writers are short on story, and retellings of classical literature as... Read morePublished on October 27, 2012 by Kindle Customer
Sometimes a book has a beautiful story at its core, but the thread tends to get lost in overcomplication. Read morePublished on July 31, 2012 by Larry Hoffer