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The Story of the Night: A Novel Paperback – May 3, 2005

4.2 out of 5 stars 104 ratings

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Editorial Reviews

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"An impressive, beautifully modulated, affecting book."
-- Jeffrey Eugenides, author of Middlesex

"A mesmerizing, dark, powerful novel."
-- The Times (U.K.)

"A fine novel, remarkable for the purity of its ambitions."
--The Washington Post Book World

"Tóibín's genius is that he makes it impossible for us to walk away."
-- The New Yorker

"This is my favourite of Tóibín’s works. Set in the early eighties, Argentina is controlled by oil-rich Americans and power-hungry Generals. A young English professor has been living in the shadow of his mother and hiding his sexual desires. When he is liberated by her death, both he and the country around him are set into a period of enlightenment and upheaval. The loss and grief in the third act left me reeling for days."
--Douglas Stuart, author of Shuggie Bain

From the Back Cover

The streets of Buenos Aires are empty at night, and people notice nothing because they have trained themselves not to see. This is Argentina in the time of the generals. Richard Garay lives alone with his mother, hiding his homosexuality from her and from the world. Stifled by a job he despises, he finds himself willing to take chances, both sexual and professional. But in the aftermath of the Falklands War, new freedoms seem possible, and the arrival of two American diplomats offer him hope and the prospect of making his fortune. As his country slowly makes its peace with the outside world, Richard tentatively begins a love affair - but the Faustian bargain he has made with experience gradually darkens. "The Story of the Night is a powerful and moving mix of politics, passion, and intrigue that confirms Tiibin as one of the finest writers of his generation.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Scribner; Reprint edition (May 3, 2005)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0743272714
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0743272711
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 9.4 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 1 x 8 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.2 out of 5 stars 104 ratings

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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written fiction
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3.0 out of 5 stars The night is blind
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