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Tony & Susan

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Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. Now, she's enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor's wife, when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he says.

As Susan reads, she is drawn into t
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 1st 2011 (first published 1993)
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this is the new big hoopla book - previously published in the early nineties, then out of print, then recently republished in england to much acclaim, now revived and reintroduced to america. an exhausting journey for one little book.

fortunately, it is interesting enough to withstand such rough treatment.there is a lot i liked about this book, even though had it been written these days, it would have needed a little updating. a well-placed cellphone would have changed the trajectory of the novel

This is not a thriller. Bookstores and libraries can shelve it as a thriller, and Saul Bellow can endorse it by calling it “a story of blood and revenge,” but it’s not thrilling. It’s not a mystery or literary fiction either. It belongs to no category. It’s a discombobulated, terrible something-or-other.

Austin Wright structured Tony and Susan as a story within a story. It concerns the Susan of the title and focuses on her domestic life, with soporific flashbacks to her flawed f
David Corbett
Apr 28, 2015 David Corbett rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The most gripping, unusual, elegantly written fiction I’ve read in some time. Though “postmodern mysteries” too often trend toward the over-precious and self-absorbed, this one delivers in a very fundamental, even insidious way. Ex-husband Edward, after twenty years of separation, sends remarried ex-wife his manuscript about a man whose wife and daughter are abducted, raped, and murdered along an empty stretch of Pennsylvania freeway, after which he stumbles into something akin to revenge. The b ...more
J.M. Cornwell
A story within a story that fails to deliver more than passing interest.

Edward, Susan’s first husband, has sent her his novel, Nocturnal Animals, to read before he comes to visit. Susan, a little at loose ends with her husband in New York at a conference, reads the manuscript and is caught up in Tony’s dilemma. Is there more to the story or is Susan reading too much into it?

In what seems to be a treatise on modern marriage and selfishness, Austin Wright’s Tony and Susan is a study in contrast an
Aug 06, 2011 Lalitha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Incredibly disappointed by this book--Susan is reading a novel(Nocturnal Animals) sent to her by her ex-husband, Edward. For some reason, she feels that the manuscript is some sort of veiled threat from Edward (why she thinks this, I don't know--it really doesn't make sense. Susan is just neurotic). Tony, the main character in Edward's novel, is aggravating to the point where you just want to scream. I found myself wanting to just put down this book because I could not stomach the idiocy of Tony ...more
Marc Nash
May 18, 2015 Marc Nash rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved the conceit at the heart of this book - you the reader are reading 'along with' the main character Susan who is reading a manuscript of her ex-husband's novel. So when we react to the drama or the tension as a reader, so is she. But she is involved directly, because this is her ex-husband's work. So we also see the struggle when she has to put the manuscript down to do the daily chores or to consider her current marriage or her previous one. It's also a book about revenge - revenge is at t ...more
Mar 28, 2016 Akai rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
[El título en español es "Tres noches"]


Si no le pongo menos puntuación es porque reservo el "1 estrella" para libros que despiertan en mí un odio profundo.
En este caso no siento odio: solo decepción y aburrimiento.
Pero tampoco merece del todo las dos estrellas, así que lo dejo en 1,5.

Os resumo el libro en una frase: la protagonista lee un libro que ha escrito su ex-marido.
Cuando empecé a leer, creí que sería un thriller y que las dos historias (la de la protagonista y la del libro que lee) s
Mariano Hortal
Thriller muy interesante y por lo que veo bastante olvidado, entraría perfectamente en la línea de Salamandra Black (fijaos en Observada de Renee Knight); la premisa de partida promete un juego doble enigmático; por un lado tenemos a la protagonista que recibe la novela de su exmarido, quiere su opinión crítica; para ello escoge tres noches seguidas para leerla; por el otro lado la propia novela, un historia muy negra que narra las desgracias de una familia y lo que se desencadenará a través de ...more
Julia Alvarez
Jan 15, 2015 Julia Alvarez rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Que desilusión !!! Prometía tanto !!!! Los primeros capítulos presenta la lectura que hace Susan propuesto por su ex marido. El relato es crudo, realista y atrapante. Pero a mediada que se va desarrollando la novela que lee nuestra protagonista, pierde credibilidad cuando interviene la policía, donde no se aplica la lógica de una investigación policial, es surrealista y no es lo que propone el autor ( Tony ) , por lo que se pierde el interés. Los capítulos del presente de Susan, están intercalad ...more
Muy buen inicio. La historia dentro de una historia, que termina por hacer al lector parte de la trama, como un tercer expectador. Es una idea muy bien jugada. Lo he leído siguiendo la premisa de las tres noches. La primera parte atrapa rapidamente, una historia intensa que lleva al lector a desear saber el desenlance. En la segunda se empiezan a dibujar cuestiones éticas y filosóficas que entremezclan ambas historias. Pero lo que parece estar a punto de llegar al climax decae bastante en la ter ...more
Feb 02, 2015 Alistair rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a remarkable thriller; out of the blue Susan receives a manuscript from her ex-husband, Edward, with whom she has had no contact for 20 years.One of the reasons Susan and Edward's marriage disintegrated was that Edward felt that Susan belittled his blinding ambition to be a writer. With some reluctance Susan embarks on her reading of the manuscript; interestingly she does so whilst her husband Arnold is away at a weekend conference; and as she is quickly swept up by the drama, so are we, ...more
Janette Fleming
Stories within stories are nothing new in literature but seldom have they worked as well as they have here.

Susan is a middle aged/middle class wife and mother who receives in the post a manuscript written by her ex husband Edward. Their marriage had been brief and one of the causes of the breakdown of the marriage was her husband’s urge to write. Susan felt resentful as she would have to support both of them, and as a teacher of English Literature, she should have had the literary aspirations.

Victoria Watson
Aug 27, 2011 Victoria Watson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apparently this novel was first released in 1993 but is being given a second crack at success. And rightfully so.

This is an intelligent story within a story – Susan is a middle-aged housewife who lives in her second husband Arnold’s shadow. She receives a manuscript from her ex-husband Edward and the reader gets to enjoy Edward’s novel along with Susan’s reactions to the narrative. The reader also is privy to the resurgence of Susan’s memories which are provoked by Edward’s sudden reappearance i
David James
Oct 07, 2012 David James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
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Tony& Susan
First published in 1993 and then forgotten for nearly two decades, Austin Wright’s posthumously acclaimed novel-within-a novel is a fascinating read. For once, the ecstatic praise given to the book, by pundits such as Ian McEwan and Ruth Rendell, is almost justified. The first section dealing with the kidnapping, rape and murder of a middle-class mother and daughter – and the attempted murder of Tony, husband of Laura and father of teenage Helen, is a triumph of spa
Mar 03, 2015 Piglet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It was a total waste of time and natural resources. The thriller part was thrilling to begin with, but the love story was just boring. I couldn' t care less about the protagonists and their sorry love lives. And i couldn't see any meaning in intertwining the two stories. Was the thriller supposed to cast some light on their failed marriage? If so, it didn't do it for me. Even the thriller got too complicated and lost its momentum after a few chapters.
I read in one rewiev that Susan thought the
Christopher McQuain
Torn between ***1/2 and **** There are many beautifully written passages and real frisson between the bluntness of its novel-within-the-novel and the (too?) subtle ripple effects in the mediating story. There is a built-in defense/autocritique (I'm not sure how effective or meaningful) against what might seem to be an overall imbalance toward the authorially sadistic. Announced to be adaptive-writer/director Tom Ford's followup to his 2009 Isherwood adaptation, A SINGLE MAN.
Marta Català
Es un libro ambicioso y no es de extrañar su buen prestigio entre la critica. Plantea reflexiones en varios niveles (en el argumental: la civilización nos protege del mal? de hacernos nosotros seres malvados si se dan las circunstancias? (por citar solo una) y en su ejercicio de metaficción (cómo nos afecta le lectura; relación entre lector y escritor; procesos de identificación, etc). Todo ello muy bien escrito y creando interés desde el principio.
En fin, Tres Noches es mucho más que un thrill
Niya B
Jul 18, 2015 Niya B rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Confession: I read this because it inspired the script of Tom Ford's next film. My reading was skewed by my challenges in imagining how a lot of the internal conflict will play out on screen. For a novel, the pacing could be better since the characters are engaging but the narration seems podding at times.
On the whole, not a terrible summer read, but perhaps a bit too dark for the beach.
Oscar Torrado
Empezó tan bien y uno arranca tan rápido que el estrellón al final del libro es muy fuerte, lastimosamente me quedé esperando sorpresas que no llegaron y desarrollo de personajes que nunca hubo.

Espero que la película, por lo menos, sea mejor que este libro.
Geschafft. Endlich.
Für mich eines der schlechtesten Bücher, die ich je gelesen habe.
Von Anfang an war mir nicht klar, was genau Susan an Edwards Buch so aufgeregt hat. Auch das klärende Ende konnte daran nichts ändern.
Es ist und bleibt mir unbegreiflich was dieser langweilig vor sich hinplätschernde - von der wenigen Spannung am Ende einmal abgesehen - Roman in Susan ausgelöst haben will und wo sie die angeblichen Parallelen zu sich und ihrem Leben sieht.
Ich kann es nicht weiterempfehlen und kan
Doris Jean
Interesting book. I have never read a book quite like this. The author is an English professor and he does literary acrobatics to write this book. First, his sentences do not rigidly follow normal rules of writing, but they do work well to communicate. Next, "Tony and Susan" is really two books. Wright has Susan reading a book her ex-husband has mailed to her to read. Wright's book tells about Susan and her life and then has Susan reading chapters about the story of Tony and his life, back-and-f ...more
Fifteen years ago, Susan Morrow left her first husband Edward Sheffield, an unpublished writer. (Edward had actually lived with her family when he was 15) Now, she's enduring middle class suburbia as a doctor's wife, (she suspects Arnold is still having an affair with Marion and now wants to move the family to Washington) when out of the blue she receives a package containing the manuscript of her ex-husband's first novel. He writes asking her to read the book; she was always his best critic, he ...more
Esta novela se llama originalmente Tom & Susan, como se llaman los protagonistas de las dos historias que cuenta: 1) la que tiene en su centro a Tony en la novela "Animales nocturnos"; y 2) la de la lectura de esta novela que hace Susan, académica burguesa con tres hijos y un esposo médico exitoso, quien recibe el manuscrito de su anterior marido, Edward.

La lectura inicial lleva a preguntarse quién es Tony, el profesor de matemáticas que se ve envuelto en una cruel historia, en la que asesi
Michelle Moore
This is a book originally published in 1993, but this time around it seems to have caught the attention of reviewers. The new hardback cover certainly has an eye catching simplicity about it.

The story itself is quite unusual, Susan receives a manuscript from her ex husband, which he asks her to read, stating she was always his best critic. Susan is a keen reader, and she chooses a time when her husband is away, thus reading it in three sittings.

In this way, we get to read Edward’s story for ours
Apr 17, 2016 jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
I actually sought out this book because I had just matinee'd "Demolition" on my lonesome and walked out of the theatre thinking, "Jake Gyllenhaal is getting typecast--or selecting roles--in a really good way. Based on Nightcrawler and this, he is my new go-to for a steady kind of darkness that lasts all 90-120 minutes of my theatre experience, but lets in some light of humanity. It's those eyes."

I IMBD'd this beloved celeb and came up with the coming-soon "Nocturnal Animals" (the embedded novel
Rod  Norman
I really loved the first half of this one & I liked most of the second half. At times his dialouge is hard to follow & you really had to focus. However, it is a pretty deep look into crime & punishment and overall it was a satisfying read and thought provoking. I would advise my friends to read & it has just been re-issued after being out of print for awhile.
J.J. Ward
Feb 10, 2014 J.J. Ward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very enjoyable book, clearly and effectively written. Rather like JM Coetzee’s Disgrace (1999) or Ian McEwan’s Saturday (2005), both of which it predates, in that it deals with an ordinary family hit suddenly, violently by criminals, and the effect of that.

It contains two stories – one about Tony, a fictional character, the protagonist in a novel called Nocturnal Animals, by Susan’s first husband – and Susan, the non-fictional (obviously still fictional from our point of view) character who i
Carolyn Mck
An unusual novel written by an elderly American professor of literature. It operates on two levels: Susan reflecting on her reading and her life; and the manuscript her ex-husband has sent her, about Tony and the ordeals he encounters when he and his family are threatened and then captured by a group of hoodlums on the interstate highway. The manuscript is a thriller but we are always distanced by Susan’s reactions as she reads it. Nevertheless, the first part of the story within the story is gr ...more
story within a story set up. Susan reads novel sent to her by ex husband and feels he is sending her a message about her life now making her look at her marriage. the novel is disturbing, about a family abducted, although they seem to obey the thugs out of politeness and fear of antagonising them further. helplessness of Tony - father in the novel, unable to find his family's killers at the start and then sucked into rather mad policeman' s desperate plot to bring summary justice to them. ends r ...more
Sep 11, 2015 Bob rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most oddly formed books I've read in awhile. Containing a novel within the novel, it reflected the reactions of the reader in the book of the book inside the book. Got that? Susan is sent a novel from her first husband with the request to read it and provide her thoughts. The novel called "Nocturnal Animals" is gripping to say the least, and it starts Susan on a reverie and re-consideration of her relationship with her ex husband and her current husband. I never QUITE got the ...more
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Austin McGiffert Wright was a novelist, literary critic and professor emeritus of English at the University of Cincinnati.
He grew up in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, son of the geographer John Kirtland Wright and Katharine McGiffert Wright, and namesake of his uncle, Austin Tappan Wright, writer of the utopian novel, Islandia. He graduated from Harvard University in 1943. He served in the Army (19
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