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By Nightfall

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Brilliant insights to the human condition-A challenging subject matter-

Peter and Rebecca, a middle aged New York City couple, a grown daughter off to Boston, and Rebecca's younger brother coming to visit are the main characters. News of Rebecca's brother's visit brings apprehension and concern. Still, he arrives, straight from somewhere in...
Peter and Rebecca, a middle aged New York City couple, a grown daughter off to Boston, and Rebecca's younger brother coming to visit are the main characters. News of Rebecca's brother's visit brings apprehension and concern. Still, he arrives, straight from somewhere in the Far East. His arrival affects both, but not more than Peter, who is surprisingly finding himself drawn to the young lad after a couple of mistaken encounters that allow Peter to see him for the first time. They live in upper-class Soho, modern-day Manhattan, and the appearance of Ethan tests the couple's relationship in ways none of them ever would have seen coming. The author has brilliant insights into the human condition and gets it across beautifully in his writing technique dealing with a challenging subject matter.

posted by GEORGIAMOON on December 21, 2010

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Not My Cup of Tea

It's never a good sign when you struggle to finish a book. Since the writer is unquestionably skilled and intelligent, perhaps the point of it all was simply beyond me. It was meandering and made me feel I'd wasted my time and money reading it. I didn't care about the c...
It's never a good sign when you struggle to finish a book. Since the writer is unquestionably skilled and intelligent, perhaps the point of it all was simply beyond me. It was meandering and made me feel I'd wasted my time and money reading it. I didn't care about the characters or their incredibly charmed lives and the story just didn't grab me. I couldn't decide whether it felt more like therapy or like homework. To that point, it seems well-suited for book club discussion...

posted by Kiki-Travels on March 8, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2011

    lack of attribution is disappointing

    I have been a Cunningham fan through all of his books to date. However, I am extrememly disappointed that in "By Nightfall" he makes repeated reference to the line from "Madame Bovary" about human language failing to move the stars to pity and nowhere does he give credit to Flaubert. He either assumed noone will make the connection, or to the contrary, everyone will recognize the concept as originating with Flaubert and, therefore, no need to give attribution. When Graham Greene used this quote he did give proper credit. It seems to me that is the least that Cunningham should have done.

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