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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.
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 24 days 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 18 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 19 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 22 months ago 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 23 months ago 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
I'm giving this novel 3 stars on ambition alone.
The reason I picked up this book is that I heard someone trustworthy say on NPR, talking about novels that should have... Read more
It was weird but I loved it anyway. I read very fast and I think this is meant to be read fast as it runs along pell mell and crazy through the night with wild faerie creatures... Read morePublished on June 21, 2012 by J. Miller