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Eight White Nights: A Novel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2010

    Beautiful read for people interested in emotional subtext

    I rarely review books online, but after seeing how negatively this wonderful book was characterized, I felt that I had to chime in. It's true: this book is short on dialogue and most of its beautiful prose is spent dissecting the emotional life of the main character - a character that you grow to know intimately, and only after several hundred pages realize that you don't even know his name. Anyone who's ever been in love knows that the feelings and thoughts that accompany the sensation are all-encompassing: put simply, even the most steady of us begin to second guess ourselves and our choices. We lie awake or sit at bars wondering about the feelings we're experiencing and the "what ifs" that appear as an endless parade. We then take whatever we learn from these introspective journeys and apply them to our life...leading to success or abject failure. The narrator in this book has experienced both, and thus he approaches his love interest with caution and extreme care, contemplating every choice before committing. This book explores (in depth) the inner monologue of a cloistered man falling in love. That's it. There's no "excitement," no "action," but there's plenty of gorgeous, relatable and heart-wrenching plot to go around. I can't imagine that this book is for everyone - but if you're fascinated by how the heart connects to the brain, then you'll love this piece.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Nursery

    The Nursery is a large, hollowed out tree stump. A bramble bush lays over the opening, to keep unwanted cats out. The nests are lined with cotton and wool from the moorlands beyond the territory, to help the queens and youngsters sleep better. Here, the kits will play until their sixth moon- a very special day!

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  • Posted May 21, 2010

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    The words are nice, but the book is boring

    A character utters a short sentence. Then follows paragraph after paragraph after paragraph of an inner monologue dissecting the possible meanings of those very few words. At first this was an interesting conceit but, ultimately, just makes for an incredibly boring read. Editorial reviews were practically ecstatic about the skill of the Aciman (comparing him to some mighty fine heavyweight authors), so I was very excited to purchase and read the book. I actually found any volume of Richard Taruskin's magisterial Oxford History of Music a far more interesting and entertaining read than this pile of sludge. If there is a plot, it is so buried in the endless navel-gazing by the protagonist that it is relegated to navel fuzz. It's like trying to watch a dvd by pressing the 'pause' button. Do not waste your money or your time.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

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    NOT FOR ME!!!

    Good money was paid for this book, therefore I am reading it. It is very difficult to try to determine the plot or purpose of this book. I am almost through and will celebrate when I finish. I think he is going to commit suicide. It appears to be about a guy thinking. Or maybe he is dreaming this. Whatever - it is not my cup of tea. Andre may be a noted writer, but I believe he was just trying to show his knowledge of words. Get a life!!!

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    Posted November 5, 2010

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