The Night Stages

The Night Stages

Book - 2015
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Set mainly in a remote and beautiful part of County Kerry, Ireland, in the 50s and earlier, partly in England before WWII and at Gander Airport, this novel tells the interconnected stories of Tamara, a former pilot in the war, her married lover, Niall, a charismatic Irishman and meteorologist, and his troubled younger brother Kieran, who, at age 11, is separated from his family and fostered in a mountain home by a maternal countrywoman.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2015
ISBN: 9780771094422
Branch Call Number: URQ
Characteristics: 396 p. ; 22 cm


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Feb 02, 2019

This was not a good read and is not characteristic of Jane Urquhart (who in the past has produced marvellous reads). It wandered all over the place, with seemingly random twists and turns that either didn't go anyway or were unsatisfactorily resolved. The only redeeming elements of the book are its descriptions of place.

Apr 29, 2016

I just put this down. Loved it. As I have been to that part of Ireland, perhaps that helped me relate to the book better than some of those who have been less than complimentary. The writing is like a flowing stream somehow, the narrative relaxing yet loaded with mystery. I really enjoyed this book. The part describing the race was particularly gripping and one felt "right there".

brianreynolds Dec 19, 2015

Perhaps on the heels of Enright's amazing The Green Road, I'd overdosed on enviable writing or Ireland itself. I may have under-appreciated both. Or I may have simply been underwhelmed by the rather long and unrelated pean to artist Kennth Lockheed, the less than sympathetic narrator/ POV characters (Tam and Niall) and their situation, and the seemingly never-ending journey to a bit of plot or compelling narrative. Not my fav Urquhart novel. But who am I to say? A different appetizer, a change in weather? It might well have been a hit.

Nov 21, 2015

I generally love Jane's books but I had difficulty with this novel. I got to page 35 and gave up - too sad/too depressing, etc. Not a fun read!

Oct 29, 2015

While I enjoyed this book, I was disappointed that the ending left the story without a conclusion as to what happens with the main characters. Does Tamara find Kieran? What does she do when she finds him? Will Niall look for Tamara or even notice that she left for a few days? Will Kieran seek out Niall's wife and will their romance be re-kindled?

May 07, 2015

this goes on my shelf right next to The Stone Carvers - loved them both. my favourites from Urquhart.

often I have difficulty relating to books that take place in Ireland but this one sang to me all the way through.

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