The Great Night

The Great Night

[a Novel]

Book - 2011
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Acclaimed as a "gifted, courageous writer"( The New York Times), Chris Adrian brings all his extraordinary talents to bear in The Great Night --a brilliant and mesmerizing retelling of Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream."

On Midsummer Eve 2008, three people, each on the run from a failed relationship, become trapped in San Francisco's Buena Vista Park, the secret home of Titania, Oberon, and their court. On this night, something awful is happening in the faerie kingdom: in a fit of sadness over the end of her marriage, which broke up in the wake of the death of her adopted son, Titania has set loose an ancient menace, and the chaos that ensues will threaten the lives of immortals and mortals alike.

Selected by The New Yorker as one the best young writers in America, Adrian has created a singularly playful, heartbreaking, and humorous novel--a story that charts the borders between reality and dreams, love and magic, and mortality and immortality.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374166410
Branch Call Number: ADRI
Characteristics: 292 p. ; 24 cm

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Unless you like to read about other people's nightmares, this is not a charming tale. I was not able to get past the first 50 pages and when I skipped to the end I was glad I had not extended my artistic curisiosity to wade through to the denouement. I am glad to see some of the previous reviewers found it to their taste.

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mam958
Jun 28, 2012

A strange and interesting story. Although I certainly had no trouble getting through it, at the end I wondered what the point was.

debwalker May 28, 2011

"In Chris Adrian's magical third novel, the unbearable heaviness of being finds both expression and relief in the supernatural world of faeries and beasts. Based loosely on Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, The Great Night interweaves fantasy, mythology, enchantment and bawdiness to revisit several of this dazzling, deeply humane writer's pet themes: grief over failed relationships and dead brothers, the intolerable fact of childhood cancer and the frequent disconnects between love and happiness."
Heller McAlpin
NPR

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