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 the Hardcover edition.
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 the Hardcover edition.
Wow - this novel is excellent: the authour's writing, the story line, the characters, and the setting in Buenos Aires. Read morePublished 6 months ago by 5amWriterMan
I read it twice... awesome piece and story.
Note to those who know Argentinian political history: When the main character (Richard Garay) explains the transition from... Read more
Argentina in the 1970s and 1980s was a time of change and growth. Richard Garay lives with his ailing mother in Buenos Aires, where he cruises for sex with other men and works at a... Read morePublished on March 31 2002 by "blissengine"
i will confess to be surprised by how good this book was. i did not know much of colm toiban and less of what this book might be about. Read morePublished on Aug. 29 2000 by "buggerer"
Colm Toibin's beautifully crafted story takes us to Argentina as it was in the recent past and conveys us to where the country might be going. Read morePublished on March 20 2000 by Erick Myers
All creeds, sexualities, nationalities, and gender are immaterial for understanding this sublime piece of fiction. Read morePublished on Oct. 20 1999
Toibin's prose is, technically speaking, above reproach, however, the total effect is bloodless and dispassionate. Read morePublished on April 27 1999