The Story of the Night by Colm Tóibín

There were six of us at tonight’s meeting where we discussed The Story of the Night by Colm Tóibín.  As is often the way, there were mixed opinions on the book (it would be boring if we all felt the same).  The book had three parts, which felt at times like three different books.  There didn’t seem to be a traditional plot, instead there were various strands and events, some of which seemed to go nowhere.  Some of us enjoyed that and felt it made it more real, while others were disappointed with as it didn’t make to most of its opportunities.  We discussed, what we felt were some of the themes and key points of the book.  These included Richards relationship with his mother, his relationships in general, how he seemed to be an outsider looking in, how he can be oblivious to what’s happening around him and how the lack of plot makes it feel like a fictional autobiography. Our averaged out score was 6 out of 10.


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