The Story of the Night: A Novel

by Colm Toibin | Gay & Lesbian |
ISBN: 0743272714 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingSqueakyChuwing of Rockville, Maryland USA on 7/19/2018
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Journal Entry 1 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, July 19, 2018
This is one of 32 books I selected in July, 2018, at The Book Thing of Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Thank you very much!

Journal Entry 2 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Thursday, July 19, 2018
I read another copy of this book in 2015. This is what I wrote about it after I read it...

This novel started out slowly for me as I tried to work my way around the theme of governmental instability in Argentina, but it slowly became compulsive reading. Though the author is native Irish, the setting of this book is Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was thrown off somewhat since the book I previously read by this same author was Brooklyn, the story of an Irish immigrant to the United States. The protagonist of this book was Argentinian, the only son of a British mother and an Argentinian father.

The protagonist, a closeted gay man named Richard, finds a new job as translator for an American couple whose task it is to promote democratic ideals, foster a good Argentina-United States relationship, and promote the idea of privatization of the oil industry in Argentina. This sub-plot had me bogged down for a while, but I'd advise skimming over that somewhat because the true beauty of this book is its tight narrative and the psychological make-up of a gay man. Richard's story seems very personal and true-to-life. In fact, I then had to go back to see if the author is gay. He is openly so.

I like the way this novel explores Richard's need to hide his homosexuality, how he chooses to whom to disclose this fact and whom to approach, and how he deals with a culture in which AIDS threatens those members of his own community.

This novel is brilliant. It makes me want to read even more writing by this talented author.

I'm releasing this book for the following challenge:

** The 2018 Tick Tock Challenge hosted by Dragon Goddess. The book title contains the word NIGHT.

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Journal Entry 4 by wingSqueakyChuwing at Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, October 27, 2018
I selected this book from the Little Free Library of Twinbrook (#7720) to travel elsewhere...

Released 3 mos ago (12/16/2018 UTC) at BC-DC Meetup in -- Mail or by hand-rings, RABCK, meetings, etc, Virginia USA

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This book is for release within the Book Buffet at the annual holiday party of BCinDC, my local BookCrossing group, at the home of authorauthor in Alexandria, Virginia. This is always such a fun and festive occasion!

Enjoy this book...whether it be for your personal use or for further travels. Happy holidays!

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Journal Entry 6 by Firegirl at Annandale, Virginia USA on Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Picked up at the annual BCinDC holiday gathering. Thank you for sharing!

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