The Story of the Night

The Story of the Night

A Novel

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
Richard Garay, a closeted young gay man living in Argentina with his mother and working at job he despises, begins an increasingly nightmarish love affair as the Falkland Islands War brings changes to his country

Blackwell North Amer
The streets are empty at night, and people notice nothing because they have trained themselves not to see. It is Argentina in the time of the generals. Richard Garay lives alone with his mother, hiding his sexuality from her and from the world. Stifled by a job he despises, he is willing to take chances, both sexual and professional. But the Falklands War enables him to discard the Britishness he has inherited from his mother, and the arrival of two American diplomats offer him new hope and the prospect of making his fortune.
Argentina is changing, and as his country slowly makes its peace with the outside world, Richard tentatively begins a love affair. The relationship deepens, but Richard realizes the experience is gradually becoming a nightmare, and he tells his picaresque story with a mixture of confessional guilt and awestruck wonder.

& Taylor

Set in Argentina during the time of generals and the Falklands War, Richard Garay is forced to hide his sexuality and professional desires, yet as things in his country begin to settle, he starts taking greater risks to find his own happiness.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1997.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780805052114
Branch Call Number: TOI
Characteristics: 324 p. ; 22 cm.


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May 12, 2016

Superb story giving convincing insight into civilian life under the Argentinian Military Junta. To the main character Richard, survival depends on being dispassionate and ignorant of the "disappeared" even when he learns they are fellow University students. The story follows the British retaking of the Falkland Islands and the ramifications and opportunities in business for Richard with the involvement of a US couple (read CIA) in a nascent democracy. There is a compelling and passionate love story between Richard and Pablo who lived in the San Francisco during the 80's.
The last part of the book deals with the trauma and devastation of AIDS on their lives. Highly recommended Colm Toibin is the AUTHOR.


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