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A Day And A Night And A Day

3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  270 Ratings  ·  47 Reviews
How does a lost love lead an unlikely terrorist into the near-fatal embrace of his torturer? This is the story of Augustus Rose - half African-American, half Italian, lover, restaurateur, unlikely terrorist - and his interrogator, Harper, a Grand Inquisitor armed with cruelty, clarity and charisma.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2009)
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James Murphy
Jun 18, 2009 James Murphy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Day and a Night and a Day is a novel about espionage and torture. It's also a novel about love. Augustus Rose is a man involved in intelligence work who's tortured for what he knows. Interwoven in the narrative of how his adversaries extract the information Rose holds is the story of his life, particularly his love for a woman to whom he was once married. The novel contrasts a day and a night and a day of torture with a day and a night and a day of love. I don't read many novels I'd characteri ...more
Mar 02, 2009 A rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
Breathtaking and absolutely devastating. So much to think about. A thriller/potboiler that is also so profound, intricate, and beautifully written (all in the most breathtakingly subtle way), you tear through it only to realize at the end you could have sat and chewed on each and every sentence for at least the titular time frame.
Jun 04, 2009 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: not-in-library
So...this book. Hm. It was definitely NOT what I expected. I read about it in my library's monthly "new book expo" newsletter, and it sounded like an intriguing suspense/thriller about someone who lives through torture. Sounds kind of macabre, but I remember thinking it sounded interesting, so I wrote it down in my little "I wanna read..." notebook that I keep in my briefcase (this was pre-Goodreads, of course).

So this was much more than just your typical suspense novel. First of all, Glen Dunc
May 16, 2010 Phil rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book. It was very dark and quite different to other books I have read.
In short it is the story of Augustus – a black man from New York (growing up with racial conflict) who falls in love turn terrorist. From the outset you know he has been captured and is being tortured for information and through a third weaving story, that he survives the torture to live out his life as best he can.
The telling of a prolonged torture scene without graphic description was excellent. The author real
John Wiltshire
Oct 09, 2015 John Wiltshire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: given-up-on
I thought I would like this. I came to it via another Glen Duncan book The Killing Lessons, which he wrote under the name Saul Black. I enjoyed that so much I felt sure this would be a winner. I should have read the blurb more closely. I was expecting a tightly written story of a man alone with his torturer over a day and a night. What I got was actually a lifetime, loosely told in rambling narrative. I have a suspicion that this book was in fact an excuse for the author to rant a little. During ...more
Apr 03, 2010 Bibliophile rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, fiction
Glen Duncan's A Day and a Night and a Day is a thinly disguised essay about terrorism and extraordinary rendition dressed up with tattered characterization, florid metaphor and a plot that barely hangs together. The main female character is a compendium of traits that don't add up to an actual person, and the ways in which Duncan chooses to make the main character sympathetic are so blatantly obvious that I reacted contrarily by despising him. I was going to give this one one star, but I remembe ...more
Mar 13, 2014 Ria rated it it was amazing
A thought provoking book with complex plot turns.
Augustus Rose is a mixed race restaurateur who turns to terrorism after a tragic episode in his life. The book opens with him being slowly tortured by an interrogator in a Moroccan cell.
The story is told in retrospective flashes, from Augustus' childhood onwards and relates the circumstances that brought him to this point in his life.
The pivotal point is the novel's name, the torture and degradations he is forced to enudre lasts for "a day and a n
Naomi V
Dec 18, 2009 Naomi V rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody who likes good writing
what keeps you living when you wish you could die?

the thing about Duncan is that his books always contain religion, sadism, and sex. not subjects i generally seek out (okay, maybe sex) but everything of his that i've read was so well written that i'm able to not only bear the rest, but to relish it. in spite of some of the other comments about the torture, i think he does a brilliant job of telling you a little, but then turning aside from the gory details (a bit like Tarantino turning away from
Feb 07, 2009 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
Learn to use a *#! comma! "One of the guards stretches his legs and his foot nudges the canvas bag." At first I read this that the guard was stretching his legs and his foot, but NO. In thirty pages, there were so many of these disconnects that I am giving up. There is no excuse for sloppy punctuation, and if it's for some sort of "effect," I can't imagine that annoying your reader is the outcome you were hoping for.
Jun 13, 2009 Meg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009books
This was an amazing book full of insight into our 21st century minds. It might not be anything that you will agree with, but it will certainly get you thinking! Duncan's writing style is unique; I'm interested to see if it is particular to this book or if is present in all of his. Great story, great writing.
Apr 17, 2016 Sandra rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
If I could give this book five times five stars I would. It's a breathtaking, breathholding, exquisite torture of a novel, so rich I had to stop reading just to let it all soak in. Intelligent beyond my intelligence (I'll re-read it within the year) and beautifully told. Glen Duncan, thank you.
Karenbike Patterson
Be ready to focus when you read this. It is a bewildering challenge for the first third. The author loves big words and wandering between ideas, action, the past and the present. The chief librarian said it was his favorite book last year. Makes me wonder about him.
Jun 18, 2016 Matt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Feb 19, 2009 Frances rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In his novel “A Day A Night and A Day” Glen Duncan bookends a fiery love affair with two equally combustible eras. Selina and Augustus, the enticing protagonists, fall in love in the heat of the 1960s. Their relations are startling and carnal. The sight of them together in public turns heads; Augustus is half black and Selina is a white woman of wealth. The duo alarms its audience and the couple is very aware of this effect and its power has a channel in their relationship.

Duncan situates the re
Dec 18, 2008 Lori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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"Go out, go out, quite go out."
"The world's not what we thought it was, the world's what it's always been."
"Either God speaks continuously or is nothing but silence."

Ever wondered where God was when you needed him most? Ever call out for a sign, any sign, that he was there, and paying attention? Ever promise to believe in him should he let you know he was there?

Glen Duncan does an amazing job addressing religion, a recurring theme for him, in his latest novel. Our tormented, t
Apr 20, 2012 Josh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, favorites, read_2013
Three distinct plot threads diversified by time are entwined at the height of torture. Augustus Rose is a terrorist - his interrogator, Harper, a master of the brutal art of inflicting pain for purpose. Together they form an unlikely bond as the questions flow thick and slow mimicking Augustus' steadily dripping blood on the floor of the interrogation room.

A DAY AND A NIGHT AND A DAY is a complex read that's confronting, emotional, and devilishly smart.

Author Glen Duncan is renowned for his div
May 07, 2009 Djrmel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
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Oct 28, 2012 Dave rated it liked it
The three stories intertwine very well and the central themes are engrossing. I very much enjoyed the pace and just as one timeline was beginning to lose it's impact, the book visited one of the others. As with "The Last Werewolf", the main character is very introspective and it's not a story you feel particularly happy when you've finished.
Some of the moral concepts touched upon are very interesting but, probably as a result, few of the characters are particularly likeable. It's still worth a r
Aug 31, 2014 Rosie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, while well written, was a pain to read, it took about six months for me too read, and I read fast, my issue was that I had too keep re-reading paragraphs (as there are no chapters) to keep up, and with the constant changes in tense was confusing because it could be ages before the same plot line was discussed again and I found myself jumping back to see were the plot was left. That being said, I write in the same way, jumpy and erratic, but every page of this book was beautifully. wri ...more
Jul 26, 2013 Tahira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is definitely not what I expected but nevertheless turned out to be an engrossing read. I couldn't put it down frankly. The Glen Duncan prose and fluidity is definitely there and really no one can make it flow like him (I will say it again, I do love him.) Great engagement of characters - my favorite being between the tortured and the torturer. In the end it is a love story wrapped around the darkness of torture and rendition.
this book depends entirely on the ending. it's easy to get frustrated early on, as the story revolves around an episode of torture provoked by who knows what until the last 20 pages or so. but the payoff is worth it, and the book is full of painful, insightful moments in a relationship that guided the rest of the protagonist's life choices. it's a scary love story.
Mar 05, 2015 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've not read Duncan before, and initially I had a hard time getting into this story where the only separation of past, present and future was a blank line between paragraphs. But as the story unfolded I was surprised to find myself engrossed. It's dark, kind of appalling, and yet incredibly tender. Well done.
Levi Boorer
Jun 10, 2012 Levi Boorer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

A very good book that asks some interesting questions. All the ingredients of a Glen Duncan novel are thrown together brilliantly. Deep connectable emotional characters, thick story lines, trauma, pain, victory, loss and great badies.

Another rewarding book with the feeling of Odyssey about it.
May 28, 2012 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though I love Glen Duncan's writing, this is one of his weaker novels. There are some moments of brilliance, but they are few and far between. I also thought the plot, or at the very least, the structure, was very similar to his earlier work, Love Remains. If you want to read one or more of his truly wonderful novels, read I, Lucifer, Hope, or the Last Werewolf.
Mar 17, 2009 Liz rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh jesus I need to stop reading books with horrible, graphic scenes of violence and torture. Anyway, this was a very interesting, fictional take on the post-Abu Ghraib world... complete with aforementioned torture scenes and a reference to Britney Spears, for good measure. I've never read anything by Duncan before; his writing style is a bit difficult at first, but I liked it a lot.
Aug 19, 2009 Jami rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I ultimately liked the book, but came very close to putting it down during the first 50 pages. I had a hard time with the lack of punctuation - just made it very frustrating to read. Content itself, very moving. The torture scenes were pretty awful, but really, you're supposed to think torture is awful, no?
Angie Lisle
There's some lovely examples of prose and it's affect on a scene, but I hard a hard time getting into and staying in this book - not because of the violence, but because I kept predicting the plot threads.

May 28, 2012 Jan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not his best book, but still really well written. It pulls you along, and there are some interesting ideas, but at times you can see him thinking too hard and trying to show off his research too much. I also thought the ending was quite weak for him.
Mar 05, 2013 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Yeah, that was different. I don't know; it was...I don't know. There are a lot of books I would recommend over this one, but it's worth the read. If you like Glen Duncan, you know...this has his characteristic poetry, incest, and liberal application of the word "cunt."
Sep 03, 2014 Loran rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A definite good read, makes one think. The issues of torture and which side you are on in the shadowy world of today's politics is sharply defined. How does one go on when physical pain is beyond understanding?
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Glen Duncan is a British author born in 1965 in Bolton, Lancashire, England to an Anglo-Indian family. He studied philosophy and literature at the universities of Lancaster and Exeter. In 1990 Duncan moved to London, where he worked as a bookseller for four years, writing in his spare time. In 1994 he visited India with his father (part roots odyssey, part research for a later work,
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“Like her, he didn't buy the Nietzschean line that whatever didn't kill you made you stronger. Sometimes whatever didn't kill you disfigured and debilitated you for the rest of your life instead of killing you. Mere survival was neither here nor there. It was the manner of survival, what you did with whatever it was that didn't kill you.” 5 likes
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