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Midnight All Day

3.38  ·  Rating details ·  683 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
The stories in Midnight All Day show a contemporary master at the top of his form, acclaimed by one reviewer for his depiction of 'a lost generation of men: those shaped by the sixties, disoriented by the eighties and bereft of a personal and political map in the nineties'.

We are unerring in our choice of lovers, particularly when we require the wrong person. There is an i
Published September 4th 2000 by Faber Faber (first published 1999)
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Jan 12, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
All the stories in this collection were shit except for the last one called The penis.

A porn star loses his dick one day and runs around town looking for it. It took him till evening when he came upon his dick in a cafe and has a conversation with it in which the dick expresses its desire to go solo. The dick wants to make more serious films and play characters like Hamlet.

The dick says he'll only be prepared to go back under the porn stars management if he is attached to his face where the nos
Jan 27, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
Interesting, I think it's a pity he revolves so obsessively around divorce, affairs, children being involved - the same old material but with slightly different storylines. They say write about what you know, and it's pretty obvious this is what Kureishi does.

I must say that I enjoyed 'Intimacy' more, it was more powerful, fierce even. All his work creeps me out a little because I'm wondering at just how much is based on fact, and whether he's trying to get back at his wife/ other people who hav
Sep 21, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was super boring :|
Jul 30, 2011 rated it it was ok
As Kureshi is well known, I thought I would give this book a try as a sampling of his writing. I find that short stories usually contain the best of a writer's abilities, as they are intense and contain the essence of the characters.

To begin with, I was not disappointed. Kureshi is able to distill the essence of emotions and situations into short stories incredibly well. However, two things irritated me, even though I read the whole book.

The first is that many of the actual plots are tiersomel
Mar 18, 2008 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: shortstories
I loved the movie Venus, so I decided to pick up this short story collection by author Hanif Kureishi. Very disappointing. The writing is stiff and keeps the reader feeling distanced from the characters, who are mostly aging, successful, male artists having affairs. Autobiographical or no, I have no desire to read about the stale exploits of weak, yet egotistical people.
Dec 30, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A brilliant chronicle of the lost, the lonely and the darkest parts of ourselves that we don't want to face. Overflowing with honesty and authenticity, this collection of short stories is consistently and uncomfortably believable.
Salman Uppal
Dec 05, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Was hoping the stories to be a lot more interesting since they were about affairs, adultery and separations. Unfortunately I found them pretty dull with no grip. Sucking stones was probably the one that I liked the most. By the end I was completely exhausted reading it.
Dec 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
I so enjoyed these stories and chomped them up. Hanif Kureishi is the writer I wish I could be. I only wish the stories would have gone on longer!
Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Τι να πω για τον Χανίφ. Οι θεωρείες περί Ερωτος ειναι καταιγιστικές. Θα πιω το κώνιο τελικά, με επεισε.

(5 αστέρια)και λίγα είναι
Venkat Narayanan
A really charming cover.

This is one of those books: a writer writing about a writer writing.

Burst of poignant prose at the epiphanous moments, but mostly middle-aged penis crooning.
منى كريم
you can't read much hanif after buddha of suburbia
Damien Evans
This was ok. Some short stories struck more of a chord than others but overall I couldn't recommend it.
Nick Phillips
Nov 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Midnight All Day is collection of short stories by the author of My Beautiful Laundrette and The Buddha of Suburbia, though to call it simply a collection of short stories is to mis-sell it rather. The book reads like an epic in the theatrical sense of the word, like Brecht at his most disjointed, but it's not so much Fear and Misery of the Third Reich as fear and misery of the third relationship. Every character is either having an affair, embarking on a new relationship as the result of an aff ...more
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kohati väga hektilise raamatuna, suutis see siiski väga hästi kujutada inimeste sügavamaid tumedamaid mõtteid, soove ja hirme ning jättes ruumi ka mõnetisele optimismile.
Raamatu ainus miinus oli lihtsalt kohutav tõlke ja/või toimetustöö.
May 04, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Kureishi lives up to his legendary reputation as a misogynist in this book of short stories. He works a repetitive theme of rich, middle-aged men with bitter, hysterical ex-wives and demanding, clingy (often pregnant) new girlfriends. His males wander around London or Paris, drinking in cafés or taking mind-altering drugs, dwelling endlessly on the meaning of Life - or more correctly, just THEIR life, as these characters are so self-obsessed, they barely seem to know there is a world beyond them ...more
Aug 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this collection: most stories were incisively written tales of difficulties in love, amusing in places, beautifully written in others; but the last story is hilarious. Entitled "The Penis", it's a story of a porn star whose penis becomes detached. Amazing. (view spoiler) ...more
May 27, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 09, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read some of the previous reviews, I have to strongly disagree with some of the conclusions delivered. I wonder whether some of the other reviewers have actually read the book.

There is certainly, in exception of 'The Penis' a strong theme of marital disharmony and infidelity. While none of the stories are action packed thrillers, they convey wonderfully the relentless mundanity and futility of daily life. Kureishi is unafraid to articulate the understandable fears of people as they settl
Eszter Faatima Sabiq
Loved it all the way, it was an inspiration. Kind of reminded me of Moravia though I read Moravia a long, long time ago so I cannot say for sure. Also brought Bergman to my mind. There is not too much action in the stories but then again I wrote my thesis about boredom, so I do not need much action to enjoy a book. The piece everyone seems to like the most- The Penis- I liked the least. Not that I have any problems with the subject, but I have just found it entirely forced and not fitting in the ...more
I've found the short stories in this book to be quite similar and repetitive. The narrative threads are partner betrayals and clandestine love relations. However, the character's considerations and actions are a way too much similar and there are not particular differences within the characters themselves. This could be explained with the author intention to write about his own biographical experience, though, I would have then preferred him to write a single long novel rather than many short on ...more
May 14, 2016 rated it did not like it
After having been so underwhelmed with one of his previous novels, I'm still not quite sure why I picked up this collection of Kureishi's short fiction. His continual return to two-dimensional characters and obsession with extra-marital affairs inevitably involving neurotic women and their cool middle age male counterparts, is both laughably transparent and baffling.
The final story in this collection was the only one even remotely worth spending time on; for all its incontiuity, as it is both ge
Jul 27, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
"the penis" is by far the jewel in this collection and in my opinion the one story that really gets the point across. the rest are too vague and homogeneous, as if Kureishi didn't bother to broaden his horizon before writing this collection. another minus point is that his 'voice' was too overshadowing in every story. the characters didn't completely seem their own as they all had more or less the same language.

that being said, it's still an okay read for people interested in postmodernism, albe
Vitor Capela
Aug 05, 2010 rated it it was ok
Occasionally good style, but feels very repetitive and made me take longer than I normally would to read it. Most of the protagonists are cheating husbands and read as the same character to me. His intent perhaps was to carve the world around them differently, painting the adulterer as one single person in order to talk about the wreck he creates or the wrecked people who push them that way.
"Sucking Stones" ended up standing out because it talks about being cheated in a non-sexual way. Otherwise
Lorenzo Berardi
Dec 29, 2007 marked it as to-read
Shelves: british
I've just begun it. I'm looking forward for longer nights to read it more carefully as this book deserves.

The interesting thing in Kureishi's way of writing short stories is that you can read them like a theater script. Of course this peculiar ability depends on the fact that Kureishi wrote so much and successfully for theater.

Sentences are essential. Dialogues are crafted in a perfect and realistic way. Characters personalities are well drawn. You have the impression to be on stage while readin
Apr 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved most of this book. Kureishi is an insightful yet separate and somewhat condemning observer of people, relationships, power, motivation, lust, and aging.

The final comedic story, The Penis, seemed an odd counterpoint to the rest of these short stories with their dramatic and emotional meditations on beginnings, endings and transition. It was so bizarre it almost overshadowed the whole book like being slapped with an upbeat commercial after watching a proper film.
Lee Kofman
Apr 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved, loved, loved this slim short story collection. As per usual, Kureishi is immensely readable yet not at the expense of depth. All his stories here are about love, divorced parents and love again, yet they don’t repeat themselves. I love his faith in love, and the pace of the stories is just perfect – no tedious passages whatsoever.
Sep 24, 2007 added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anybody smart
Shelves: terrificbooks
Kureshi writes about the generational conflict of muslim fundamendalism among the sons of immigrants in England. Sounds serious, but he's always (usually) great, except for his midlife crisis novel Intimacy. I also suggest The Buddha of Suburbia and a couple of others I'll try to find on Amazon now. Love him. Oh, Gabriel's Gift, that's another one.
Apr 06, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
So disappointing. The stories were all too much alike and almost exclusively populated by unsympathetic characters. Rather than being short stories in their own right, many of the pieces felt like scenes simply lifted from longer works and, therefore, they lacked a satisfying arc. Not my cup of tea at all...
May 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I usually don't really like short stories, since you don't get the chance to become attached to the characters, but this collection was actually pretty good. It might have something to do with my love of Kureishi and his ability to put every single feeling onto paper, though.
Sarah Churchill
A good collection of short stories about love and passion in many forms. I'm not normally one for short stories - I just start to 'get into' a story, and then it ends. But, nevertheless, I did enjoy these.
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Hanif Kureishi is the author of novels (including The Buddha of Suburbia, The Black Album and Intimacy), story collections (Love in a Blue Time, Midnight All Day, The Body), plays (including Outskirts, Borderline and Sleep With Me), and screenplays (including My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic and Venus). Among his other publications are the collection of essays Dreaming and Scheming, The ...more
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