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The Story of the Night by Colm Tóibín
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Jan 17, 12

Read in January, 2012

I do love Colm Toibin. He's one of my favourite authors but this early novel is not one of my favourites. It follows a lost gay Argentinian/English teacher who lives with his mother until her death, when he is forced to go out in the world and participate in it. He lucks into a better job, friends and money and eventually love, all of which make a good storyline but I found his style in this book a bit undeveloped. He goes into full detail of some conversations and not others and it just seems quite aimless in parts. Still, it's better than many other novels and interesting in terms of Toibin's own development as a writer. Good, but not one of his best.
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