Programming in Objective C uE three heartbroken people with doleful memories of forsaken loved ones are lost and trapped in the park on their way to a summer solstice party The tangled backstoriesnleash the bitter coils of pain and loss and the mortals and immortals eventually interlock with loose springs Molly grew Beyond Band of Brothers up in a pious gospel singing family fuel fornresolved trauma that preys on her like a ghost and she remains stuck and heartsick over the suicide of her lover Ryan Will is a tree surgeon who was dumped by Carolina the only woman he has ever loved Henry has a black past with memory holes he was abducted as a child and has forgotten the terror of those years Meanwhile his obsessive cleaning and hand washing *WHICH SERVES HIM WELL AS A *serves him well as a has cost him a relationship with pediatrician Bobby the man of his dreams and now ex boyfriendAdrian flashes backward into the lives of the mortal three and alternates that with the captivity at the park and the faerie kingdom tale There were shades of John Crowley s LITTLE BIG as both books The Water Of Life use some similarnrealistic elements and fantasy to enhance the realistic elements and emotional heft However Crowley s faeries are subtle
and subconscious and don t violate the moral codes of humanity as wickedly as Adrian s subconscious and don t violate
*the moral codes *moral codes humanity as wickedly as Adrian s also combines a Carrollian and Dickensian wit and artistry that would have been welcome in Adrian s story The essential problem I had with this book is that the fantastic elements were crowded with too much symbolism and I had difficulty getting a purchase on the concepts The visual surrealism rather than taking me seamlessly to a deeper consciousness and serving as a metaphor or counterpoint began to pile The Year of Living Biblically up and distract me I was often bewildered with the action and commotion of the faeries Rather than surrendering to the story I had a cerebral and exhausting experience I lost control of the narrative or did Adrian I was taken with his scuttling energy and the peering furtive faces I felt the oppressive weight of the shadowed victims But I was also dizzy blindfolded and drugged by too much screwball humor adjacent to tragedy and the clarity I was seeking was etherized Adrian s prose is rich and layered with raucous ribald wit and multiple motifs It was eventually difficult to identify the core of the story The fate of Molly Will and Henry was subverted by an anticlimactic ending amid black humor and zany twists of immortal madcap magic and erotic mayhem However the story resonated with me at many turns There is a bizarre and churlish glee to the prose and a willingness to take the reader tonknown zones of scary emotional wilderness Despite the novel s flabby focus I shall inevitably look for of. Trapped in San Francisco’s Buena Vista Park the secret home of Titania Oberon and their court On this night something awful is happening in the faerie kingdom in a fit of sadness over the end of her marriage which broke p in the wake of the death of her adopted son Titania has set loose an ancient menace and the. This esteemed 20 nder 40 writer s works in the future He captured me with his perversely baroue and insane merriment Jesus this took me forever I have my reasons but the pshot is that it was really hard for me to keep this all together because it s a crazy sprawl I m not sure how much of it was my general distractedness but honestly I think he was trying to do way way way too much here with too many characters and too much backstory especially since it was all scrimmed over with fantastical and evil faeries and a retooling of Midsummer
s Dream I didn t dislike it but I got lost a lot with who was sleeping with whom and whose brother died and who had a silver barked tree and who was in which orgy Like you do I guess This book is literally a clusterfuck as in people and faeries are clustered together Fucking They are also masturbating having sex with trees spying on people masturbating and spying on people masturbating on treesWell I see that you re kerflummoxed as to why I gave this book a lowly three stars Truthfully I was thinking two ntil the tree sex scene So anyway what is going on in this beautiful disaster of a mind f ing A bunch of heartbroken lonely ass people stumble into Buena Vista Park in San Franciscosome of them are doing a homeless person remake of Soylent Green others are getting drunk off faerie wine and others arerunning around having sex with Titania who s mourning the loss ofcrap who caresI m going to go see if anyone in the bum park outside my apartment is remaking Soylent Green or having sex with a tree I suggest you do something similar instead of reading this book "Sometimes A Book Makes Me "a book makes me tterly inadeuateNight S Dream I Didn T Dislike It But I
As A Reader And This Was One Of Them Ita reader and this was one of them It ndoubtedly clever imaginative and original but for me much of it made little sense perhaps because I have never studied A Midsummer Night s Dream and knew nothing whatsoever about the dystopian fantasy film Soylent Green which is another major influence and is discussed several times Perhaps the problem is that without the grounding in Shakespeare any attempt to transplant one of his nonsensical plots into a modern setting in this case San Francisco in the near future is bound to be difficult to follow even without the layers of alternative realities and the long dense paragraphs The best part of the book was the first part which centres on a surreal fantasy in which Titania and Oberon have a child in hospital dying of leukemia and in this section the traumas associated with Adrian s day job are most apparentI hope that the current discussion in the 21st Century Literature group will help to clarify my thoughts and perhaps even change my mind. Chaos that ensues will threaten the lives of immortals and mortals alike Selected by The New Yorker as one the best young writers in America Adrian has created a singularly playful heartbreaking and humorous novel a story that charts the borders between reality and dreams love and magic and mortality and immortality.
Download The Great NightChris Adrian had a great premise take A Midsummer Night s Dream and transplant it to San Francisco s Buena Vista Park people it with three heartbroken losers and a host of fairies and see what happens I can t Scary Stories 3 uite put my finger on why it completely doesn t work The intersecting backstories of the three characters particularly Molly who grewp in a large family of Jesus
freak musicians and is haunted by a brief sexual encountermusicians and is haunted by a brief sexual encounter with her black foster brother Peabo are fairly interesting and is intriguingly reimagined as the grieving mother of an adopted son who died of leukaemia But the novel is a weird jumble of past and present horrific reality and harmless dreaming innocent play and distasteful sexual indulgence He gets the balance all wrong such that it s neither one thing nor the other neither fantasy novel nor realist novel neither clever Shakespearean parody nor pleasingly original and so onThe best part of the novel was the first few chapters when Titania and Oberon in the guise of ordinary redneck Americans endure hospital treatment with their Boy Adrian is a doctor himself specializing in child leukaemia so he hits this realistic section spot on It gives one hopes for his previous novel The Children s Hospital about a floating paediatric care The Penguin Atlas of Endangered Species unit that survives the Apocalypse and yet judging from Goodreads comments it seems that it may be another case of a brilliant idea let down by poor execution In this phantasmagorical tale Chris Adrian reshaped A Midsummer Night s Dream into a mammoth messy tilted erotic meandering reimagining of Shakespeare s comedy into an elaborate feast of faeries and monsters Lilliputians and giants demons and derelicts heart broken humans and a group of outspoken homeless people who are staging a musical reenactment of SOYLENT GREEN And that is just a segment of the odd and atavistic population of characters that you will meet in this multiple narrative tale of loss love and exile As you enter San Francisco s Buena Vista Park during this millennial summer solstice the moon shines eerie and luminous over creatures large and small and a thick wall of fog sluggishly spreads its fingers during the celebration known to the faerie kingdom as the Great Night Adrian s visionary epic expands on his short story A Tiny Feast centering on King Oberon and the ruthlesseen Titania and their changeling son Boy who suffered from leukemia At the start of this novel Titania is inconsolable after the death of Boy and the subseuent departure of Oberon She The Bartender unleashes a malevolent force of magic by removing the controlling constraints of Puck thereby allowing his demonicrges to run rampant through the park Meanwhil. Acclaimed as a “gifted courageous writer” The New York Times Chris Adrian brings all his extraordinary talents to bear in The Great Night a brilliant and mesmerizing retelling of Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”On Midsummer Eve 2008 three people each on the run from a failed relationship become.*with her black *her black brother Peabo are fairly interesting and