The Great Night (2020)

The Great Night A brilliant and mesmerizing retelling of Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream On Midsummer Eve three people each on the run from a failed relationship become trapped in San Francisco s Buen
  • Title: The Great Night
  • Author: Chris Adrian
  • ISBN: 9780374166410
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 herA 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.
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    1. This book takes place here My parents used to take me to this park as a kid not often, it was farther away than the Panhandle As a little urban child I thought it was like the real forest And it is the real forest, in The Great Night, the forest that is endless, and dangerous, and beautiful, the forest where you lose your way and find yourself or a horde of crazy fairies, or some bums putting on a play of Soylent Green, or some other heartbroken souls lost on their ways to a party none of you wa [...]

    2. This book is literally a clusterfuck as in, people and faeries are clustered together Fucking They are also masturbating, having sex with trees, spying on people masturbating, and spying on people masturbating on trees.Well, I see that you re kerflummoxed as to why I gave this book a lowly three stars Truthfully, I was thinking two until the tree sex scene So anyway, what is going on in this beautiful disaster of a mind f ing A bunch of heartbroken, lonely ass people stumble into Buena Vista Par [...]

    3. I admit I was a little worried that The Great Night wouldn t be in the same league with Chris Adrian s other two novels, Gob s Grief nearly great and The Children s Hospital stone cold great Tepid ratings on , for instance, coupled with what seemed to me to be a plot description fraught with potential peril gave me pause Here s the pitch a modern day re imagining of Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream, set in San Francisco, featuring faeries from the play, faerie queen Titania having unleash [...]

    4. Jesus, this took me forever I have my reasons, but the upshot is that it was really hard for me to keep this all together, because it s a crazy sprawl I m not sure how much of it was my general distractedness, but honestly I think he was trying to do way way way too much here, with too many characters and too much backstory, especially since it was all scrimmed over with fantastical and evil faeries and a retooling of Midsummer Night s Dream I didn t dislike it, but I definitely got lost a lot w [...]

    5. Basically, Chris Adrian ranks in my personal pantheon of author rockstars I love people who write this way both beautifully, on a sentence by sentence level, and with elements of the unreal incorporated in the text I had about ten years of reading books set exclusively in naturalistic universes, and honestly, I ve come to the conclusion that the universe, even the one we know and see and accept as unmagical, IS rich and strange and unlikely I appreciate Adrian s work, because he seems to feel th [...]

    6. I give the fuck up I strongly disliked the book as a whole, but the whole cougar teenage boy salad tossing queefing scene made me want to throw my Kindle across the room This book is dreary and tedious as fuck The scenes with Titania and her court were by far the most interesting parts I even liked Demon Puck The humans are just horrible and their stories were so dull and repetitive I get the sense that Adrian, in an attempt to make this a truly unique spin on Shakespeare, confused spin with sub [...]

    7. In this phantasmagorical tale, Chris Adrian reshaped A Midsummer Night s Dream, into a mammoth, messy, tilted, erotic, meandering reimagining of Shakespeare s comedy into an elaborate feast of faeries and monsters, Lilliputians and giants, demons and derelicts, heart broken humans and a group of outspoken homeless people who are staging a musical reenactment of SOYLENT GREEN And that is just a segment of the odd and atavistic population of characters that you will meet in this multiple narrative [...]

    8. The Great Night is one of those rare books that I m impossibly grateful to have found A modern reworking of Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream, it is conceptually daring, stylistically exciting and presents a view of humanity that is stark and powerful and unlike anything I ve read before.It is Midsummer s Eve in San Francisco s Buena Vista Park, where Oberon, Titania and their faerie kingdom have set up court But the Great Night celebrations do not go quite as planned Unable to deal with t [...]

    9. For this review and others, visit the EditorialEyes Blog 4 out of 5Something is gloriously, tragically amiss in San Francisco s Buena Vista Park In fact, to mix my Shakespeare quotes, something wicked this way comes It s also something strange and chaotic and deeply human.In Chris Adrian s The Great Night, the faerie court of Titania and Oberon are celebrating another Midsummer Night, many moons after the events of Shakespeare s play though celebrating is not exactly the right word After the can [...]

    10. Sometimes a book has a beautiful story at its core, but the thread tends to get lost in overcomplication That s the way I felt about Chris Adrian s The Great Night, a well written book that meshes the emotional, relationship driven crises of three San Franciscans with characters from A Midsummer Night s Dream, with mixed results It s Midsummer Eve in 2008 Three strangers, each dealing with the wreckage of a relationship, enter Balboa Park, headed to the same party But unbeknownst to them, Titani [...]

    11. This book is one of the best I ve read this year The ending is a little hazy and confusing, but overall I loved it The third chapter was published in the New Yorker a year or so ago, and I still think that it can stand alone as a beautiful story It s about Titania and Oberon and the changeling boy they ve come to love as their own and his struggle with cancer.Really the scenes with Titania and Oberon and their struggles with death and mortality and human sadness are the most moving parts of the [...]

    12. The Great Night is a wonderfully strange trip of a novel Though it is drenched in magic and the fantastic it is often pulled down into the mundane world where it becomes another enthralling but ultimately useless curiosity and distraction Frequently startling and dark in equal measure it draws the reader into its world for one night through offering a glimpse into the range of characters who are grounded and familiar but still somewhat surreal While the fantastic and magic are the elements that [...]

    13. The Great Night is another Midsummer Night s Dream with Titania playing the greater role along with three mortals who get trapped in the garden with her and a bunch of fairies just after she s released Puck from being bound Each of the mortals brings his her own issues One was taken in as a boy and thrown out again without memory of it It s an interesting retelling, one that was hard for me to track for a good bit of it because the story switches from one or other of the main characters to anoth [...]

    14. I really can t resist a mostly realist book with supernatural elements After finishing a book like this, I walk around for days wishing it was real I have a long history of secretly desiring magical explanations for the most mundane of things Don t you want to live in a world where, instead of casually explaining to people that the reason you are humming Call Me Maybe is because you must have heard it in the background somewhere, the real reason is because the Bird Prince of the Hills needed to [...]

    15. This was one weird book It is advertised as a re telling of Shakespeare s Midsummer Night s Dream in contemporary San Francisco There are some elements that are the same young people wandering confused in the woods, poor people practicing a play, and faeries always spelled that way in the book being faeries But this book is a good deal darker, and has details that are so bizarre it makes you wonder what the author was smoking when he wrote it It s funny, too, though The Great Night is Midsummer [...]

    16. This book is a sort of retelling of A Midsummer Night s Dream by that perennial favorite Billy Shakespeare But whereas the play, as far as memory serves, focuses mainly on the relationships between the confused lovers lost in the wood, this one spends just as much time, if not , talking about things from the Faeries point of view, which I totally dig Have you read Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell If not, GET ON IT Amazing I mean, there are lots of things about changelings and magic and how dealin [...]

    17. A startlingly strange, rich novel that has repeatedly been described as a retelling of A Midsummer Night s Dream, but is something interesting an original story that borrows some of the characters and a couple of plot twists This is top flight literary fantasy, a Neil Gaiman esque story about myths and magic and how they intersect with the real world The prose is lyrical and beautiful, and the scenarios Adrian comes up with to background his mortal characters a woman whose family formed a Chris [...]

    18. Did not enjoy, alas Interesting idea Titania and Oberon are separated, and bored Titania frees Puck while at a feast under a tree in a SF public park Four interesting SF residents are caught up in the subsequent action However, the novel isn t about the action or resolving the situation, the situation is a premise by which to explore the messed up humans and their backstory The story is told in long three or four part sentences, which have a rhythm and excitement of their own, but between this s [...]

    19. I really wanted to like this book I loved the premise, and the first half of the book was really promising I was especially interested in the story line of Titania and Oberon and their experience of mortal loss in the death of their adopted changeling child.But overall I was quite disappointed with this book It just failed to tie the stories together in a meaningful way, and the final twists were frustrating than surprising or exciting I didn t care much for any of the characterswhich was proba [...]

    20. To my mind, The Great Night is a mix of genius and insanity, but unfortunately the scales tip over too far into madness Adrian has the potential to be a mindblowingly great writer, but this book is just too much I loved the back stories of the three lost characters in the park, and Titania and Oberon s loss of their Boy, but ultimately the fairie stuff was too hard to follow and at times just too darn annoying and distracting The references to Shakespeare are nicely done, and the characters inte [...]

    21. I liked the concept of this book a retelling of Midsummer Night s Dream where mortals are trapped in a park in San Francisco facing destruction by the unleashing of a malevolent force The writing allowed me to see the story in my head I loved the backstory of Oberon, Titania and Boy, which reflected the author s background in pediatric oncology What I didn t like was that this story was just too darn hard to follow I couldn t keep all the backstories of the mortals straight, and those backstorie [...]

    22. 2.75 The prose is well made and often beautiful, but as a whole this book was simultaneously too much and too little for me The too many characters were given overly equitable, confusingly similar back stories and the end was unbalancingly abrupt I m not sure this is quite readable if one is unfamiliar with A Midsummer Night s Dream, and if one is this book is unnecessary Worth it for Titania.

    23. I m still at a loss as to how to describe this book other than weird One of the oddest things I ve read in a while Really, that s about it Well written, definitely, but not sure I really liked it Or disliked it I m very ambivalent It s a retelling of A Midsummer Night s Dream with a contemporary, non fantasy like feeling It s justodd I m pretty sure my favorite character was Huff a homeless guy who was convinced that the mayor of San Francisco was eating his fellow homeless peers Very entertaini [...]

    24. Somehow I got the idea this book might be appropriate for my Literary Society to read That idea is wrong The book is lyrically written and presents an interesting modern spin on A Midsummer Night s Dream It is, also, confusing and far reaching in ways which did not advance the story I am not putting it in my Do Not Read category but am considering initiating a Guarded Recommendation category on its behalf.

    25. A perfect example of great literary snippets lost in something that just doesn t quite hang together This retelling of a Midsummer Nights Dream at first had me caring about each character and liking how they meshed, but eventually it just meandered into this long guitar solo and it was a slog to the end Which is too bad because he writes some amazing sentences I think he needs a strong heavy handed editor.

    26. While I found this book a big strange, and at time difficult to follow ultimately I found it to be well written and quite imaginative The many flawed and deranged character s development, told through flashbacks weaved together well for a good fantasy story.

    27. I remember reading the changeling story in the New Yorker, featuring Oberon and Titania and thinking I want of this, always More to come Beyond excited.

    28. A total and delightful surprise A contemporary take on _A Midsummer Night s Dream_ that is extraordinarily original, darkly comic read Loved it.

    29. Here s my review of The Great Night washingtonindependentrevieThe Great NightChris AdrianFarrar, Straus and Giroux304 pp.Reviewed by Martha TollWho remembers Titania s boy, stolen from an Indian king Puck informs us that Queen Titania never had so sweet a changeling The boy sparks King Oberon s jealous wrath in Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream an offstage but essential catalyst for all that follows Even so, we tend to forget about him as we get ensnared in the ensuing drama.Not so in Chri [...]

    30. In a nutshell, this is a modern take on Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream Similar layout to Shakespeare s story as far as heartbroken, bitter fairies and such but here Chris Adrian places it all in 2008 in San Francisco s Buena Vista Park My opinion, in a nutshell, is that this was tedious af to read I was sure I was going to love this book, since it was taking cues from one of my favorites of Shakespeare s works, but maaan this had NONE of the magic of the original for me Instead I m wadi [...]

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