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Evening Paperback – September 7, 1999
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Something stole into her as she walked in the dark, a dream she'd had long ago. The air was so black she was unable to see her arms, it was a warm summer night. Above her she could make out the dark line of the tops of spruce trees and a sky lit with stars. She felt the warm tar through the soles of her shoes. The boy beside her took her hand.In the porous world between conscious and unconscious the protagonist of Evening revisits the great passions of her life, along with its considerable disappointments. The boy in the dark remains the fixed point--not so much because he is the most important man in her life, but because of the untapped possibilities he represents. Meanwhile, friends and relations come to sit by Ann Lord's side as she veers between clarity and feverish recollection.
In her third novel, Susan Minot takes some new risks--her narrative spanning seven decades of memory and her style ranging from Stegneresque particularity to the exquisite abstraction Virginia Woolf perfected in To the Lighthouse. Equal parts memory and desire, fiction and poetry, Evening is a seductive story made more so by the measured pace of details emerging, one by one, like stars. --Cristina Del Sesto --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I am guessing that those who gave the book low reviews are young. You must be "of a certain age" to connect with this book. I content you must be old enough to have grown children, to remember another simpler era of your youth, and to have fond and not-so-fond memories of special people who came into and out of your life. I'm close to 60 and found Ann's age (65) unnerving, as I thought of my own mortality.
There are books that touch us because we are close to them, and some that we're not ready to read yet. For those who didn't like the book, wait a few years and try again.
That said, I withhold two stars for the traits that hold this novel back. First, Minot has chosen to tread familiar turf-- the lives and loves of charming, drunken, clannish, wealthy New Englanders. The characters are largely as wispy and as WASPy as her Monkeys crowd. In fact, aside from Ann Grant and her one true love, Harris Arden, we are treated to a razor thin two-dimensionality. In the first 75 pages Minot introduces a bewildering array of Lilas and Margies and Buddys and Lizzies and Gigis and on and on, some dead, some alive, all dating and marrying and cavorting their vapid lives away. And though the types may be Cheeveresque, Minot's inability here to hook the reader on this overstock of characters is not. Indeed, by the time one of these boys dies two hundred pages in--in one of the novel's Central Events--I could care less.
Conversely, the blandness of these characters makes it relatively easy for Minot to build up her towering central "love" story. But *is* it a love story? Through all the minutiae of the relationship Minot dredges from Grant's mind I was struck that it is far more a story of lust than love. We are treated to a very physical description of what is essentially a weekend fling. Ann and Harris barely talk; they are too busy catching one another's eye and getting it on.Read more ›
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I found the book difficult to enjoy and read as it lacked focus and contained too many disjointed run on sentences. Sadly the story was lost due to the writing style.Published 1 hour ago by ShoppedOut
I loved this book. I read it slowly to savor all the nuances. I underlined things, I talked about it to my children, and it made me see my own mothers' death in a different way.Published 5 months ago by K-K-K-KATY
I bought this because I like the movie and wanted to get some more background on the characters. But I was not impressed. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Ella Lopez
This was my book club selection last month and I really liked it. It made for some interesting discussion among the group members aprticularly across generations.Published 14 months ago by Robin
Susan Minot's writing is graceful, and her attempt at capturing the mindset of someone transitioning out of this life is moving. Read morePublished 19 months ago by L. Lodovi
As Ann Lord lies on her deathbed, her daughter delivers a balsam pillow from the attic. Read more
A magnificent story which I found made me look back on my life constantly while reading it. I love books that will make you think and add a dimension that you have not considered... Read morePublished 24 months ago by mareander mare'
Interesting. I wonder if that's how any of us will feel when we are suffering a lingering death? Maybe this is from the horses mouth!Published on June 5, 2014 by Kathryn J. Byerly
I didn't particularly enjoy this book. While the writing style was somewhat unique, in the sense that it was not very coherent (it's not supposed to be since it's the ramblings of... Read morePublished on April 29, 2014 by em04