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The Great Night by Chris Adrian
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Jun 01, 2011

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Despite a pedantic problem with the narrative, I did really enjoy these intertwined stories of grieving individuals in San Francisco on one night of magic. The author uses the characters of Titania, Puck and the fairies to illustrate the universality of loss and the damage that families can do to one another. It's also a rather charming love letter to the city, which I always enjoy.

The problem I had was that the author appears to conflate Puck with Caliban in a seriously incorrect way, which, I guess, shouldn't matter too much but began to chafe after a while. If you're going to use some other story's characters, shouldn't you at least try to keep them consonant with the original text?

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