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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 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. 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 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 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 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

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