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
This is a novel about being trapped out in the open; one American woman's paranoid escape attempt from a corrupt country while she tries to stem the erosion of both her sanity and soul. Set in Nicaragua in the 1980s, we experience the story through the main character as she is allowed to exi ...more
Best decision I could have made. I started ...more
- 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.