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The Long Night of Clement C. Craggogre Paperback – November 25, 2004

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About the Author

Bob Comenole is the author of Bushel & Lamp, a collection of essays and short stories. A winner of the Sinclair Award for Prose, and the Harmon Award for Fiction, Comenole has also written twenty children's books, including The Glassblower's Daughter, and The Silversmith of Marblehead. Comenole has taught writing, rhetoric and literature at Miami University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and SUNY Geneseo. Currently he teaches at the State University of New York at Cortland.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Three Hermits Press; 1st edition (November 25, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975390600
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975390603
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,885,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Benjamin J. Siragusa on December 17, 2004
Format: Paperback
Some while ago I was fortunate enough to have gotten hold of a "First Edition" of Comenole's Christmas flavored treat, "The Long Night of Clement C. Craggogre," and have been waiting to find the book in its published form ever since. Thank you Amazon.Com !! This book is a heartwarming and uniquely told story of the spirit of Christmas, and a man's awakening to all that is good in life, to all that has somehow passed him by:

all, that is, until one special Christmas Eve.

I find it too much a cliché to compare this book's story line to all the other Christmas classics, such as "A Christmas Carol" and others, because it is not a rendition of these classics. Comenole's book both contributes to those traditions and departs from them, with innovative characters and plot twists. It is my guess that those who purchase this book will find the sights, sounds and even the smells of Christmases gone by right there in the pages of this book. We all come from small towns and big cities, filled with people from many different cultures; the characters in this book mirror that diversity, and readers will certainly find themselves reflected in this interesting assortment of characters.

We all live in a world of human emotions and in this book you will experience your very own. For myself... well, I found the characters so diverse and well described that they were all brought to life in my mind's eye. One poor unfortunate in this story was so vividly brought to life it put me in mind of an old and very dear friend from my childhood. I smiled when I thought of the fun things we shared years ago, and as I read on my eyes filled when I remembered his demise.
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It's been half an hour since I finished the last pages of this book, and I haven't stopped weeping. Maybe because the characters and the tragic plot twists reminded me of so many precious people in my past. Maybe, too, because I have also made mistakes and wanted to be redeemed. This is an outstanding book, that really is more a poetic fable than a novel. The descriptions are magical, and the atmosphere created is just drenched with humanity. It shows us the depth of human suffering and human kindness, without being sentimental (the writer almost apologizes in the Preface for writing a sentimental book, but i don't think it is sentimental at all..)

I can see reading this book over and over, every Christmas season, for years and years to come; it has so many layers of meaning that it would be impossible to capture them all the first time through. I especially enjoyed the textures of immagrant life and the 19th century flavor. The book is realistic and supernatural at the same time. It's about far more than Christmas, but it definitely will put you in a merry and contemplative mood--it'll also motivate you to round up all your friends and family and embrace them as if they'd been lost at sea, but rescued....

I can't recomend this book enough. It was awesome!
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I think this book is quite good. I'm not much of a reviewer--but am an avid reader--and I can tell you that this work of fiction meets all my standards for a great book: good plot, interesting and deep characters, lyrical writing, a touch of mysticism, and a highly focused theme that doesn't get preachy. Yes, there is a mesage here, but it is NOT the one you most expect, and the writer accomplishes it in a rather clever and subtle way.... I agree with all the other aspects, such as what Honey and Benjamin also reported on. Two thumbs up!
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