Set in Nicaragua in 1984, The Stars at Noon is a story of passion, fear, and betrayal told in the voice of an American woman whose mission in Central America is as shadowy as her surroundings. Is she a reporter for an American magazine as she sometimes claims, or a contact person for Eyes of Peace? And who is the rough English businessman with whom she becomes involved? As...more
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- Something different for DJ - a first person female voice.
- The New Yorker has a recent article about today's Nicaragua. Sounds pretty much the same.
- DJ's books REALLY tend to focus on max losers. These people have serious problems. A lot of them tied to substance and behavior(prostit ...more
This novel is sunstroke on paper. If Cormac McCarty’s Suttree is captured drunkenness, which I would argue this novel has that going for it too, then The Stars at Noon is the dried tongue, manic mindset of a desert wander twenty minutes before her brain stops functioning. If Graham Greene had ever shot heroine and gone on South American bender with in a Volkswagen, he would have written The Stars at Noon, the 1995 novel by Denis Jonson, which takes pl ...more
A number of lines from the book have been excerpted ...more
Maybe U.S. authors shouldn't write books about Central America because they're always tempted to describe everything in a frustrated tone. They seem to be drawn to these places for all the wrong reasons.