I won't spoil any plot details by telling you that there is a scene of childhood memory toward the end of the novel in which our hero remembers being a child and another child taunting him by stealing and destroying his favorite book. It is an agony to read. I wanted revenge on his behalf. Finally, I think that was Cox's larger point - creating a meaningful story about the cost of having an enemy. The desire for revenge can rule one's life - and the very act that proports to assuage one's anger may only stoke the fire. Or as Cox's book is fond of quoting Donne:
Honour not the malice of thine enemy so much, as to say, thy misery comes from him...This is a vastly entertaining read, thanks Katherine. Here are my other posts on The Meaning of Night 1, 2, 3.
Thanks for the shout-out! This is still one of the best books I've read this year.
Ok, ok. I have had this one on my MP3 player for almost a year. Now I'll make sure I listen to it soon. I have no clue why I keep passing over it.
Beth - I hope you enjoy it. If you drive while listening, don't listen to the last hundred pages that way, it's too suspenseful and I think I might drive off the road.
I have just finished "The Meaning of Night" although circumstance has (unusually) meant that it has taken me several months, and I have read other books while leaving Michael Cox's book unfinished. All in all, I would recommend the book despite the heavy Victorian style, and I am eager to search out his sequel "The Glass of Time".
Judy - It looks like I was a little more entertained by this one than you were.
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