- Unknown Binding: 9 pages
- Publisher: Women's International Resource Exchange (1991)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0006DIMB0
- Average Customer Review: 42 customer reviews
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Women at war: Peru's shining path Unknown Binding – 1991
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In the past decade Colm Tóibín has garnered international fame for his fiction, reporting, and travel writing. Now, in his new novel, The Story of Night, he breaks new emotional ground with the story of a gay man coming of age in Argentina during the Falklands War. Tóibín weds his two themes--the ongoing Argentinean struggle toward democracy and the personal journey of a man coming out--with intellectual deftness and literary agility. Written with grace and understatement The Story of Night is Tóibín's best work yet. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Toibin (The Heather Blazing, LJ 2/1/93) lives in Ireland, but his newest novel successfully re-creates the turmoil and confusion of the postmilitary regime in Argentina in the early 1980s as if he had been witness. Richard Garay is an Argentinean, bored by his job as an English tutor and frustrated by his hidden homosexuality. His fluency with language attracts the attention of Claudio Canetto, who hires him as a liaison to foreign investors in his campaign for president of Argentina. Though the campaing is unsuccessful, it draws Garay into an uneasy alliance with a pair of powerful Americans who hope to influence the next election. Toibin flirts with the exploration of a tainted political process, but the heart of the book details the secret relationship between Garay and Canetto's son Pablo; as the country recovers from the Falklands War and the oppression of military leadership, their pairing grows from lust to love as the new threat of AIDS looms. Toibin's simple but eloquent telling of this personal story is sometimes explicit, often moving, and always vivid in its portrayal of Argentina and its people. Highly recommended.?Marc A. Kloszewski, Indiana Free Lib., Indiana, Pa.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
While I had nothing in common with the subject, by the time I finished this book, it opened a new path
of varied interests to me. I went to Amazon to get another of Toibin's books. I may be hooked. A
wonderful read so well presented. Thank you Sir Toibin! rfw
In many senses, we see this evolution with the two main figures of the novel. Just as the nation had to move out of night and the dream like qualities of its past, so to do these individuals.
Not only the coming out of a man but also the coming out of a country from the obscure dictatorship years.
It's a polarizing book, but I have to say that I thought it was beautiful at times in its cool-eyed assessment of how people might react under various forms of stress. I also liked the novel for the quasi-redemption that comes at its conclusion.