The Great Concert of the Night by Jonathan Buckley - Book Review

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ISBN: 9781681373959
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Published: New York Review Books - January 14th, 2020

What an accomplishment this novel is! Taking the form of brief passages that David has begun to write in a diary, Jonathan Buckley somehow shapes an entire life. I feel like I know David like I know Leopold Bloom or Proust’s narrator. Buckley creates a private, personal intellectual life for his creation. What does David do? He works at a small museum of curiosities, he reads, he thinks, and he remembers. He remembers his relationship with Imogen, an actress in arty French films. Buckley orchestrates these little fragments, fluidly moving through time as David thinks, remembers, and experiences. A whole life comes into focus as you read. ~ Reviewed by Dafydd Wood

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