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By Nightfall | [Michael Cunningham]

By Nightfall

The whole course of one’s life really can change in an instant. Peter is 44, prosperous, childless, the owner of a big New York apartment, a player in the NY contemporary art dealing scene. He has been married to Rebecca for close on 20 years. Their marriage is sound, in the way marriages are. Peter might even describe himself to be happy. But when Mizzy, Rebecca’s much younger brother, comes to stay, his world is turned upside down.
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The whole course of one’s life really can change in an instant.

Peter is 44, prosperous, childless, the owner of a big New York apartment, a player in the NY contemporary art dealing scene. He has been married to Rebecca for close on 20 years. Their marriage is sound, in the way marriages are. Peter might even describe himself to be happy. But when Mizzy, Rebecca’s much younger brother, comes to stay, his world is turned upside down. Returning to their New York flat after work one day, Peter sees the outline of Rebecca in the shower. But when he opens the shower door, it is Mizzy he comes face to face with. From that moment on, Mizzy who occupies all of Peter’s thoughts. His fascination with him is erotic but not exactly sexual. Without ever really falling out of love with his wife, he tumbles into love with her brother, and is encouraged that way by the young man.

With traces of the tensions that ripple through Death in Venice, this new novel from Michael Cuningham brilliantly examines the quest for unattainable, and temporal, beauty.

©2011 Michael Cunningham (P)2011 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-01-12
    antonio genthod, Switzerland 06-01-12 Member Since 2011

    A reviewer's got to do what a reviewer's got to do

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    "Sad,almost desperate, but beatifully written..."
    What did you love best about By Nightfall?

    Michael Cunningham is truly a great writer that can give a deep insight into the souls of his characters


    Would you be willing to try another book from Michael Cunningham? Why or why not?

    These books are not "entertaining" , so one needs to be in a special mood ; but yes i will indeed read one more book from Cunnigngham


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The end is beautifully written and very moving


    Who was the most memorable character of By Nightfall and why?

    The story revolves arounf three characters ; they are equally interesting


    Any additional comments?

    nope

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  • amirmehdi
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    12/23/12
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    "Delicate but not as deep as the Hours"

    The narrative is wonderful, beautifully performed and once Michael told me in a book signing session that Hugh Dancy is a friend of him. The story you would like to follow till the end and there are some unforgettable moments but on the whole it's not as good as his Hours.

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