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The Great Night 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 , 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 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 interestin 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 parody nor pleasingly original and so on.The 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 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 This book takes place here My parents used to take me to this park as a kid not often, it was farther away than the Panhandle As a little urban child I thought it was like the real forest And it is the real forest, in The Great Night, the forest that is endless, and dangerous, and beautiful, the forest where you lose your way and find yourself or a horde of crazy fairies, or some bums putting on a play of Soylent Green, or some other heartbroken souls lost on their ways to a party none o This book takes place here My parents used to take me to this park as a kid not often, it was farther away than the Panhandle As a little urban child I thought it was like the real forest And it is the real forest, in The Great Night, the forest that is endless, and dangerous, and beautiful, the forest where you lose your way and find yourself or a horde of crazy fairies, or some bums putting on a play of Soylent Green, or some other heartbroken souls lost on their ways to a party none of you wanted to go to 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 hisnonsen 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 hisnonsensical 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 apparent.I hope that the current discussion in the 21st Century Literature group will help to clarify my thoughts, and perhaps even change my mind 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 quee 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 resonatewith 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, continues to soak his books with the magical and the medical In Gob s Grief, a man, with the help of Walt Whitman, tries to construct a machine that will bring back his dead brother along with all the Civil War dead the sprawling Children s Hospital includes a modern retelling of Noah s ark, set in the structure of the title, and is replete with angels and children and medicine and the impossible In this latest novel, the death of Titania and Oberon s changeling child starts the story s fantastical chain of events The faerie queen and king, now residing in a hill in a San Francisco park along with all manner of faeries, often had stolen mortal children, unbeknownst to their glamoured parents But Boy sickened and died in a San Francisco hospital while the two faeries watched Boy s death planted a wedge between Titania and Oberon, who disappeared, and in a fit of grief, Titania frees the fool Puck from his restraints Puck, who has a grudge against Titania, is set on using his considerable powers for vengeance Three grief stricken and broken people become trapped in Buena Vista Park by Titania s magics, and are caught up in the swirl as faerie creatures of every description, from a treelike being to a boy with the bottom half of a bunny, flee from the Beast Puck These mortals are Molly, a woman with a troubled family past and a dark guilt, whose boyfriend killed himself Will, an arborist who once had a relationship with Carolina, the sister of Molly s dead boyfriend and Henry, a gay man who works at a hospital and who recently broke up with his boyfriend, and who had a haunted, lost youth scarred by an abduction he doesn t remember Then there are the five determined to put on their own version of the movie Soylent Green people as food as a warning, convinced that the mayor of San Francisco has hatched an evil plot a song goes People People who eat people are the loneliest people in the worldAdrian weaves in flashbacks from the pasts of Molly, Will and Henry with their experiences in the faerie world encountering strange creatures and fleeing the Beast, who appears to each person as he or she whom they most fear or are most haunted by We re very much in Alice in Wonderland territory during these scenes, and I wonder whether a labeling of this book as a fantasy though it doesn t really deserve it would lead to aprepared reading public and higher ratings here I guess I d call the book a mixture of Alice, Shakespeare and, for its occasional oddness and sexuality, John Irving I might add that my knowledge limited to a little perusal of Cliff s Notes would make me assess The Great Night as less of a modern retelling of Midsummer Night s than a novel that takes its jumping off point from some of the characters in it, though the Soylent Green players are obvious echoes of the mechanicals of the play Adrian s flashbacks often bleed into each other it can be tough at times to see where one time period ends and another begins, though the book as a whole is not difficult The first half of the book is not as strong as its conclusion, and it takes time to build up momentum as Adrian hops from the story of the faerie king and queen to the mortals trapped in the park and their backstories The Great Night is filled with wonders, depravity, humor, weirdness, warmth and sadness, blending delightful hijinks among the faeries with stories of heartbreak Adrian s earlier books had been populated by people wanting to beat overcome death there is not as much of a weight of mortality, here, though it includes the death of people and the death of dreams, as well as dreams of happiness Adrian s story doesn t always flow seamlessly, but his way with words is, as expected, thrilling I won t spoil the story by telling the point at which everything comes together and the novel turns from merely quite good to astonishing, but it encompasses the book s final third Adrian brings everything home with a brilliance that at times is staggering If we get there in sometimes choppy steps, the destination is well worth it Adrian, one of The New Yorker s 20 under 40, which spotlights our best young writers, continues to prove that he is, in fact, one of our most talented storytellers His humanity, his unusual odd, if you will scenarios and approaches, his startlingly beautiful observations and turns of phrase, make him, three novels in, one of my very favorites

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