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The Great Night Sometimes a book makes me feel utterly inadequate as a reader, and this was one of them It is undoubtedly 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 hosp Epub The Great Night Chris Adrian Petrasrobert.eu 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 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 Up In The Wake Of The Death Of Her Adopted Son, Titania Has Set Loose An Ancient Menace, And The 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. 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 trees.Well, I see that you re kerflummoxed as to why I gave this book a lowly three stars Truthfully, I was thinking two until 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 I admit I was a little worried that The Great Night wouldn t be in the same league with Chris Adrian s other two novels, Gob s Grief nearly great and The Children s Hospital stone cold great Tepid ratings on Goodreads, for instance, coupled with what seemed to me to be a plot description fraught with potential peril gave me pause Here s the pitch a modern day re imagining of Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream, set in San Francisco, featuring faeries from the play, faerie queen Titania having unleashed an ancient menace and three mortals trapped in Buena Vista Park by Titania s actions along with a group of homeless actors putting on a production of Soylent Green I needn t have fretted The Great Night is excellent no Children s Hospital, to be sure, but enjoyable even to those who aren t that into Shakespeare I count myself as not being all that knowledgable or especially nuts about the Bard dodging your slings and arrows now , but I plunked down 2 at my favorite local used bookseller for a Midsummer Night s Cliff s Notes horrors and, with a quick read of the synopsis, did just fine It s likely to resonate with Shakespeare freaks than with those who are not The Great Night isn t as different from Adrian s other works as I had supposed Adrian, a pediatric oncologist, continu Jesus, this took me forever I have my reasons, but the upshot 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 Midsum I give the fuck up I strongly disliked the book as a whole, but the whole cougar teenage boy salad tossing queefing scene made me want to throw my Kindle across the room This book is dreary and tedious as fuck The scenes with Titania and her court were by far the most interesting parts I even liked Demon Puck The humans are just horrible and their stories were so dull and repetitive I get the sense that Adrian, in an attempt to make this a truly unique spin on Shakespeare, confused spin with subversion What you get is not really subversive it s a weak attempt at what Adrian thinks might be inflammatory Molly rebelling against her wacko Christian family by falsely accusing her black foster brother of rape is not so much creatively subversive as it is out and out offensive The aforementioned queefing scene and the descriptions of marshmallow genitalia were just stupid.Moll Basically, Chris Adrian ranks in my personal pantheon of author rockstars I love people who write this way both beautifully, on a sentence by sentence level, and with elements of the unreal incorporated in the text I had about ten years of reading books set exclusively in naturalistic universes, and honestly, I ve come to the conclusion that the universe, even the one we know and see and accept as unmagical, IS rich and strange and unlikely I appreciate Adrian s work, because he seems to feel this way too Amazing things open up out of the ordinary in his books Great Night is a riff on Midsummer Night s Dream, set in San Francisco It s not a direct riff as in, it s not a contemporized version of Shakespeare s story but it has character overlap Puck, Titania, Oberon And some lovers, parallel ish to the lovers in the original I read a chapter of this book as a freestanding short story in the New Yorker a few years ago, and was totally blown away That chapter involves Titania and Oberon, and their changeling b 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 ruthless Queen 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 subsequent departure of Oberon She unleashes a malevolent force of magic by removing the controlling constraints of Puck, thereby allowing his demonic urges to run rampant through the park Meanwhile, three he The Great Night is one of those rare books that I m impossibly grateful to have found A modern reworking of Shakespeare s A Midsummer Night s Dream, it is conceptually daring, stylistically exciting and presents a view of humanity that is stark and powerful and unlike anything I ve read before.It is Midsummer s Eve in San Francisco s Buena Vista Park, where Oberon, Titania and their faerie kingdom have set up court But the Great Night celebrations do not go quite as planned Unable to deal with the all too human feelings of grief and loss that have assailed her on the death of their adopted son and subsequent failing of her marriage, Titania sets free an ancient menace that threatens to bring an end mortal and immortal life alike.It is on this night, just after dark, that Henry, Molly, and Will separately walk into that same park and find themselves utterly lost Like Titania, they are each struggling and failing to overcome romantic losses Henry, kidnapped as a child and now paralysingly obsessive compulsive has driven away Bobby, the one person he s ever loved Molly is rebelling against her extreme upbringing but unable to Chris 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 quite put my finger on why it completely doesn t work The intersecting backstories of the three characters particularly Molly, who grew up in a large family of Jesus freak musicians and is haunted by a brief sexual encounter with her black foster brother Peabo are fairly interesting, and Titania 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

About the Author: Chris Adrian

Chris Adrian was born in Washington D.C A graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop, he attended Harvard Divinity School, and is currently a pediatric fellow at UCSF He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2009 In 2010, he was chosen as one of the 20 best writers under 40 by The New Yorker.

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