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  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Emblem Editions (Sept. 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771076274
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771076275
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13.2 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #115,710 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Charlotte Vale-Allen on July 19 2002
Format: Paperback
What I recognize in my second adventure into this author's work is a particular truth--which is that (at least in my Canadian experience) poor communities have a singular commonality. There is a language, both spoken and experiential, about being poor that transcends its environment. In Richards' books, poor in Toronto sounds and feels a lot like poor in New Brunswick. While the physical aspects are very different, the population isn't. And there was something so familiar about some of the characters that I felt as if I'd known them in my childhood.
Poor angry, alienated to the point of sickness Adele; her mother, lovely, determined Rita, making the best of her marriage to alcoholic Joe--who just may be one of the most perfectly rendered characters I've ever encountered. One cannot help but love and feel for Joe, battling his demons and temptations that all reside within bottles; stammering, powerful Joe with his big body and battered, but still functioning heart; Joe the unlikeliest of heroes.
There is such a cast of characters in this book; they have their hopes and miseries and they all intersect at one point or another as time eases away unnoticed and fate makes itself felt in every way in the hushed, shattering beauty of a blizzard.
David Adams Richards is the consummate observer, translating his visions into quiet, apparently effortless prose; placing people before us in all their flawed splendor so that we might view the human condition and reflect upon our similarities and differences.
My highest recommendation.
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By A Customer on Sept. 7 2000
Format: Paperback
Slow going at times, but it wraps up nicely and the reader is feeling as though everything is as it should and always has been.
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By A Customer on Aug. 2 2000
Format: Paperback
Had to read this for an English course. Incidentally, I live in the same town the book is set in. The town or the people in it are not as presented, at least it isn't right now.
Great character development, but that's about all there is. Cared a lot for the chareacters, but nothing really happens to them until the end.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Troy Parfitt TOP 500 REVIEWER on Jan. 30 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you're looking for an introduction to David Adams Richards, Nights Below Station Street ought to do. It's a compelling, prettily written little tale that clocks in at 226 pages. Set in the Miramachi in New Brunswick, Canada, it deals with the lives of Joe and Rita Walsh, their daughters Adele and Milly, and their friends, acquaintances, neighbours, and enemies. Richards shows us the universal through the particular, rural New Brunswick supplying a stage that is just as authentic as Stratford Upon Avon. The characters mightn't be eloquent knights or nobles, but their words, deeds, concerns, and situations resonate as powerfully. This is a stirring little yarn waiting to teleport you to another time and place - and it's got an interesting ending. Nights Below Station Street is part one of what has become known as the Mirimachi Trilogy. Evening Snow Will Bring Such Peace and For Those Who Hunt the Wounded Down make for volumes two and three of that trilogy. Nights Below Station Street is a very nice read.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "cathst" on Nov. 22 2001
Format: Hardcover
You will get to know some members of a small mining town in New Brunswick, all struggling to figure themselves out, find love, and place themselves in a difficult world.
I had some trouble getting used to his unique style of writing - David Adams Richards writes as if observing his characters and describing their actions and thoughts as if he's from another land altogether. This was very distracting for me, and tended to take away my flow of reading. On the other hand, it was also challenging, in that it made me think about the characters and what their words and actions meant.
The last 20-30 pages are by far the best of the entire novel and well worth the read.
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