The Story of the Night

The Story of the Night

A Novel

Book - 1997
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A daring and deeply moving novel set in Argentina in the time of the Generals--a time when the streets are empty at night, and people have trained themselves not to see. Richard Garay lives with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and from society. Stifled by his job, Richard is willing to take chances, both sexually and professionally. But Argentina is changing, and as his country edges toward peace, Richard tentatively begins a love affair. The result is a powerful, brave, and poignant novel of sex, death, and the diffculties of connecting one's inner life with the outside world.
Publisher: New York :, Henry Holt and Co.,, 1997.
Edition: First American edition.
ISBN: 9780805052114
Branch Call Number: FIC TOIB
Characteristics: 324 pages ; 22 cm


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May 12, 2016

Superb story giving convincing insight into civilian life under the Argentinian Military Junta. To the main character Richard, survival depends on being dispassionate and ignorant of the "disappeared" even when he learns they are fellow University students. The story follows the British retaking of the Falkland Islands and the ramifications and opportunities in business for Richard with the involvement of a US couple (read CIA) in a nascent democracy. There is a compelling and passionate love story between Richard and Pablo who lived in the San Francisco during the 80's.
The last part of the book deals with the trauma and devastation of AIDS on their lives. Highly recommended Colm Toibin is the AUTHOR.


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