The Night Stages

The Night Stages

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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Set mainly in a remote westerly tip of Ireland in the 1940s and '50s, this stunning new novel from one of Canada's bestselling authors is at once intimate and epic in scope.Tam, an Englishwoman, has been living in this harshly beautiful region since shortly after World War II, in which she served as an auxiliary pilot. She is now leaving her lover, Niall, who, like his father before him, is a meteorologist. On her way to New York, the airliner she is traveling on becomes grounded by heavy fog at Gander Airport in Newfoundland. As she waits for the fog to clear, she notices an enigmatic mural that moves her to revisit not only the circumstances that brought her to Ireland but her intense relationship with Niall and his growing despondency over the disappearance of his younger brother, Kieran. We learn of Kieran's troubled childhood and of the tragedy that caused him as a boy to be separated from his family and taken in by a widowed countrywoman who lives in the mountains. There he comes to know the local people, among them a tailor, a fisherman-teacher, and a sheep farmer who is an astonishing philosopher. There is also the jeweler's daughter, a young woman who will come to change the course of several lives.Running parallel is the story of the painter Kenneth Lochhead and his creation of the mural at Gander that is Tam's only companion through three long days and nights.An elegiac novel of unusual emotional depth, The Night Stages explores the meaning of separation, the sorrows of fractured families, and the profound effect of Ireland's wild and elemental landscape on lives shaped by its beauty. It is Jane Urquhart's richest, most rewarding novel to date.
Publisher: 2015
ISBN: 9780374713454
Branch Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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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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