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[read The Color of Night] Ebook AUTHOR Madison Smartt Bell

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Ble abuse of her drift into a cult that committed the most shocking crime of the '60s of her life since then as a feral and wary outsider caught in a swirl of events at once personal political mythic. a dark dream no make that a surreal nightmare protagonist mae works in a vegas casino roams the desert at night with a shotgun and eats beef jerky for breakfast so of course I was all over this rife with graphic scenes of incest murder drug fueled orgies and rape the writing was nonetheless gorgeous poetic a study in noir I was especially interested in how it was crafted weaving past and present incorporating acid trips fantasies and flashbacks of a range of horrors from 911 to the manson murders NOT a book for pussies spare us your shock and horror and simply don t read it not that I m all that much of a badass but I loved it Homewrecker rife with graphic scenes of incest murder drug fueled orgies and Make your own model forts & castles rape the writing was nonetheless gorgeous poetic a study in noir I was especially interested in how it was crafted weaving past and present incorporating acid trips fantasies and flashbacks of a Tremors of Fury (The Days of Ash and Fury range of horrors from 911 to the manson murders NOT a book for pussies spare us your shock and horror and simply don t How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim read it not that I m all that much of a badass but I loved it

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The Color of Night

Mae a blackjack dealer in a Las Vegas casino spends her free time wandering the desert with a rifle or sitting in her trailer obsessively watching replays of an old lover escaping the wreckage of 911. Based on the other reviews here I kept plugging away at this book waiting for the story to get better but it bored me nearly to death I disliked the main character Mae so strongly that I wanted to read about her abuse but just kept feeling disappointed as every bad thing that happened to her was glossed over so we could get to the next scene of her walking in the desert doing nothing The parallel story about Mae s lost love was as thin as bible paper and just as easy to see through The Greek myth conceptual metaphor was poorly realized read Donna Tartt s The Secret History to see how that s really done and tying it to Manson and his band of empty headed hippies is laughably cliched Other reviews mention that they were put off by the extreme violence in the book Perhaps I m jaded but the violence was as flat and lacking conseuence as Mae s strolls in the desert Everything I like about nihilistic po mo literature is missing here The author bills this as his best work so it s a pretty sure thing I ll never pick up something by him again

review The Color of Night

What she sees in those images is different from what the rest of us would see She revels in the pure anarchy thrills at the destruction These images recall memories of a childhood marked by unthinka. The Color of Night is a beautiful haunting and disturbing story which I found fascinating I see it as a character study about a girl s transformation from victim to predator Madison Smartt Bell charts Mae s evolution through flashbacks that describe her sexual abuse at the hands of her brother with excruciating psychological verity Mae says of Terrell He never forced He persuaded thereby making her complicit in her own abuse Mae s brother is the trigger that unleashes the animal inside her along with the voices and the lure of painLater D leader of The Family will pick up where Terrell left off honing Mae s predatory instincts while using her as a tool to serve his own needs D orchestrates the invasion of arousal willing or no turning Mae s body against her and against others as wellThe miracle in all of this is that despite the devastation inflicted upon her body and mind Mae is still able to fiercely and tenderly love At turns both jealous and protective she ruthlessly avenges her lover even as she actively participates in her destruction And so not only is this a novel of violence and brutality it is a love story as well Bell s language is gorgeous and darkly erotic He weaves luscious myth throughout the narrative that deepens and enriches the story Bell writes about our blackest nightmares in a beautiful seductive and detached manner just as Mae is seductive and detached herself The reader is pulled in mesmerized and repulsed by the violence yet unable to look away Bell seduces the reader just as Terrell and D have seduced MaeAlthough The Color of Night is a violent novel there is a point to the violence The novel illustrates how we as humans transmit our pain from one person to another keeping it alive feeding it as it expands and spreads throughout the world Mae expresses this when referring to one of her victims It stays with me her dying look how finally how absolutely she accepted Ate the suffering passed on to her through me If only we could eat our own pain contain it within ourselves instead of passing it on to others then perhaps the damage could be somewhat contained


10 thoughts on “The Color of Night

  1. says:

    In case you were wondering the colour of night is DARK Just like this book Dark is a weak word for this novel though this novel that flashes be

  2. says:

    In Bell's early acks he states that his muses are daemons and that this story is proof He writes that this is the most vicious and appalling story ever to pass through my hand so inevitably some people will hate it I did not hate it

  3. says:

    Based on the other reviews here I kept plugging away at this book waiting for the story to get better but it bored me nearly to death I disliked the main character Mae so strongly that I wanted to read about her abuse but just kept feeling disappointed as every bad thing that happened to her was glossed over so we could get to th

  4. says:

    In lieu of reviewing this book I think I’ll simply repost this exchange about it à la Siskel and Ebert that I’ve lifted from a literary message board elsewhere on the Internet It’s far thorough than anything I might attempt on my own COMMENTATOR #1 The Color of Night shares the name of a Bruce Willis movie which is telling since the book proved to be pulp dressed up in fancy pants language and heavy handed symbolism taken f

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    Latter Day BacchaeLas Vegas September 11 2001 Mae is a fifty something blackjack dealer in a minor Las Vegas casino It was a sort of fifth rate hell and I a minor demon posted to it A succubus too indifferent to suck Watching coverage of the flight from Ground Zero she catches sight of her former lover Laurel kneeling on the sidewalk her head thrown back her hands stretched out with the fingers crooked as weapons or in praise B

  6. says:

    The Color of Night is a beautiful haunting and disturbing story which I found fascinating I see it as a character study about a girl's transf

  7. says:

    a dark dream no make that a surreal nightmare protagonist mae works in a vegas casino roams the desert at night with a shotgun and eats beef jerky for breakfast so of course I was all over this rife with graphic scenes of incest mu

  8. says:

    There is no way to compare this one to other books of its ilk books told from the point of view of people whose masochistic and sadistic tenden

  9. says:

    Wondering around the desert at night with a rifle being possessed by pagan gods ritual sex murder ya’ know feel good summer time stuff I knew this book was up my alley The Color of Night is actually a sophisticated and literate Wh

  10. says:

    One of those inexcusable books poorly written and even poorly conceived and the author clearly feels he is being so IN YOUR FACE Deserves zero stars Three hours of my life I will never ever get back

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