The Story of the Night, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Richard Garay lives alone with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and from those around him.

Stifled by a job he despises, he finds himself willing to take considerable risks.

Set in Argentina in a time of great change, The Story of the Night is a powerful and moving novel about a man who, as the Falklands War is fought and lost, finds his own way to emerge into the world.




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Well written and very moving story.

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The Story of the Night is actually two stories, running parallel and intertwined. It is the poignant coming-out tale of Anglo-Argentinian Richard Garay, a reclusive and frustrated young man exploring new professional and sexual opportunities. And, it is the story of an oppressive political regime losing its stranglehold on power. Toibin explores the messiness wrought by change and upheaval in typically elegant style.I found this book almost impossible to put down, due to its sympathetic protagonist and its beautiful prose. Prudish readers will note that The Story of the Night is sexually frank; more overtly a gay story than is typical of Toibin. But to dismiss it on that basis is to miss out on a great reading experience.

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