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The Story of the Night (Anglais) Broché – 5 septembre 1997

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Revue de presse

“A beautiful, fascinating novel. It is a thriller, a love story, and much more. Colm Tóibín is an extraordinary writer, daring and precise.”
–Roddy Doyle

“A mesmerizing, dark, powerful novel.…”
The Times (U.K.)

“Tóibín is a fine writer. This novel pulls you in gradually and keeps you guessing.…”
Edmonton Journal

“Tóibín’s genius is that he makes it impossible for us to walk away.”
The New Yorker

“A love story and a political thriller and about being Irish and a coming-out novel.”

“A novel that reads like the most memorable of Camus.…The story – told in restrained, spare, matter-of-fact prose – becomes more immediate and powerful as we are drawn in.…The anger you feel as you read the final pages will remain long after you have closed the book.”
Globe and Mail

“Written in a self-reflective style that rings with honesty, bravely constructing a complex metaphor of sex and death in Argentina.”
New York Times

“This troubling and haunting book is one of shadows and secrets, half-lives and losses, endings and fears.”
Observer (U.K.)

“The intellect which has so conspicuously powered Tóibín’s writing career is fired here with a new ambition and purpose.”
Independent (U.K.)

“A fine novel, remarkable for the purity of its ambitions.”
Washington Post Book World

“A love story of the most serious and difficult kind. [Tóibín] has told it with profound artistry and truth.”
–Tobias Wolff

“Generates the tension of an unstoppable flow.…Haunting.…The Story of the Night is tautly constructed, politically hip, and geographically true.”
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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 Tóibín as one of the finest writers of his generation. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.

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  • Broché: 320 pages
  • Editeur : Picador; Édition : New Ed (5 septembre 1997)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 0330340182
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330340182
  • Dimensions du produit: 13 x 2 x 19,7 cm
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Par HORAK le 16 octobre 2004
Format: Relié
Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the 1980s. Garay is a young Argentinean in his mid twenties of half English descent because of his mother. He teaches English at the Instituto San Martin, a job he profoundly dislikes because of its monotony. He distrusts people and prefers to spend time alone, surprised if anyone likes him or approves of him, often seeing the world as separate from himself. When his mother is at work, he enjoys pretending that he is a woman, putting on her underwear, her skirts and blouses. When his mother dies, Garay's solitude becomes really oppressive. Moreover, it is a period of unrest in Argentina: the Malvinas war, the end of the Allende regime and the political emergence of a cowboy called Carlos Menem.
Garay's life starts changing after he meets Susan and Donald Ford. They offer him a job as a consultant/interpreter/guide for a group of American officials visiting Buenos Aires on business. Being quite successful, Susan and Donald suggest some time later that Garay opens his own office as a consultant. He gladly accepts their proposition and happily leaves his career as a teacher behind him for ever.
Although Garay always believed that he was happier alone, he realises that he is desperate for someone. So meeting Pablo Canetto is a blessing despite the fact that their relationship has to be kept secret for quite some time.
A moving novel and a truly sensitive account of the way the gay community suffered from the outbreak of AIDS in the 1980s.
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19 internautes sur 19 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A Timelessly Important Yet Also A Timely Novel 15 juin 2005
Par Grady Harp - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
2005 and Argentina has just revoked amnesty for those responsible for the brutality and occult treachery of the Dirty War that ended with the overthrow of the military junta with the British defeat of Argentina's forces over the Falkland Islands. And it is during this closure of a long suppressed circle that Colm Toibin's superb 1995 book THE STORY OF THE NIGHT comes back into circulation. By all means read this book now not only to celebrate Toibin's genius but also to gain valuable insight into a political intrigue that has smoldered in Argentina for the past thirty years!

Toibin conjoins the tale of a young lad Richard Garay, the son of a haughty British mother and an Argentine man whose childhood is disrupted by loss of income and instability of social presence, with the general social and political upheaval in Argentina). Richard moves from poverty and the death of his parents to teaching English in Buenos Aires and eventually comes into contact with an American couple Donald and Susan Ford who draw him into their hazy presence in the realm of political coups as an interpreter. Through them he works to gain acceptance of the powerful Canetto family: the father wants to become President of the nascent democracy after the Falklands War has rid the country of the Generals. Richard is a man in conflict: he envies the wealthy, he is gay, and he embodies the state of mind of surviving with a day persona of longing for order and rank which is antagonistic to his night persona of craving passion.

Through a series of twists of fate Richard gradually comes into money by way of the prelude to oil privatization and after unsatisfying attempts at mating he finds love in Pablo Canetto, a handsome man who has likewise hidden his true identity from his family by fleeing to San Francisco's atmosphere. The development of this profound love between Richard and Pablo, threatened as it is by nearly every aspect of life in Buenos Aires, forms the substance of this novel, that substance eloquently exploring the spectrum of love and loss as beautifully as any romance in literature.

Colm Toibin is a master storyteller and one who has obviously scrupulously researched the time frame he has chosen for his novel. Every character is painted well, there being no extraneous moments that are not additive to the story. Toibin's prose is liquid and ravishingly beautiful and he is unafraid to present intimate physical encounters, knowing exactly how much to say without offending the senses of anyone. This richly historic novel ends in a microcosm of a romance: the 'desaparecidos' of the dirty war are mirrored in the equally plangent wake of AIDS.

The story is superb, the introduction to a heretofore vague history of South American coups is fascinatingly related, and above it all is the magic of Toibin's impeccable prose. This is a book to read again and again. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, June 05
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"Sheer Pleasure to Read" 28 mars 2001
Par Joseph J. Hanssen - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
After reading & enjoying Colm Toibin's latest book, "The Blackwater Lightship", I decided I must read his other books. Again, I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed this beautifully written novel as much as "The Blackwater Lightship." Colm's sentences are very long and full of details, and once you get use to his masterful style of writing you just can't stop reading. I think that's what I like most about his writing, that everything is brought to the surface, and no details are left out.
There are actually two main themes here, and they are combined beautifully. It's the story of Argentina during the Falkland Wars and its struggle for democracy & freedom, and the story of a gay man's coming of age who is also struggling to find himself, his place in life & real love. I think Richard Garay & Pablo's love for each other is beautifully developed in a very sensitive true-to life way. Although your heart may break by the end of this story you'll remember these characters long after you finish this book.
If you like a book that can take you away, make you happy, bring tears to your eyes, and teach you a lot about other people & their cultures, this book is definitely worth a read. This book is written with intelligence and was a sheer pleasure to read!
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A Magnificent Profile 6 février 2000
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
It is strange for a non-Argentine to have such an understanding of some the impacts of the Malvinas War on the Argentine national image. In many ways, there was an awaking. First, an awaking that Argentina was no longer a first rate power. Secondly, that Argentina had to move on from its past to a future where it began to compete not as a nation of long gone riches, but as a modern uncorrupt legally responsible nation.
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.
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Stirring, Passionate and eventually Heartbreaking 4 novembre 2000
Par Bert Krus - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
If you like a classic romantic novel which is based on character development caused by repressive surroundings, then you should read this story. Richard, the protagonist with a West-European background but living in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is a highly skilled young gay man. Therefore he is clearly aware of the differences between what he wants in life and what is possible in his country. Especially the impossibility for gays to build up their own gay lifestyle, as he knows if from his education and his North-American friends, worries him constantly.
Richard takes care of his ageing mother just like Lark does in Andrew Holleran's 'The Beauty of Men'. It did not take me by surprise. I've seen it in real life too. What can I say about gay sons caring for their helpless mothers? Anyway, the strong tie seems to keep mother alive by isolating her son from his sexual needs. No wonder de death of Richard's mother is the beginning of his sexual exploration.
When Richard falls in love with the son of an important conservative politician he discovers the impact of leading a double life. The lovers have to spend weekends abroad to get recognition for their loveaffair. Richard's boyfriend is sure he had to spend his college years in the USA because he was caught in the act with a male classmate at home just before his graduation. His parents's unconscious decision in this matter found on the suspicion their son being gay prevented them from even thinking about homosexuality.
Besides the love element Richard also gets involved with politics. He supports the possibilities to establish a democratic government. Working life offers him the opportunity to become a grown up man. For me this aspect functioned quite well as a rolemodeling-thing.
'The Story of the Night' is very detailled and Richard's actions are at the centre. I was so close to him while reading, I felt I was there with him all the way. I love to read reflections on life but I did not miss them here. Richard just experiences things for the first time. Too many things I guess for the sweet guy.
10 internautes sur 12 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Sexy new cover for a great novel 26 avril 2005
Par I. Sondel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Set in Argentina during the night of the Generals (the 1980s), "The Story of the Night" follows a young man as he comes to terms with the loss of his parents (a British mother and an Argentinian father), the acceptance of his homosexuality, and his involvement in international politics and finance. While serving as an English language intertreter, our hero meets and falls in love with the son of a major political family. Their love story is one of the most poignant and beautifully realized I've read in a very long time. This is a brilliant, multi-layered novel, rich in mystery, history and political detail. Twice nominated for the Booker Prize, Colm Toibin is a master storyteller.
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