0 thoughts on “The Night Climbers

  1. theres a reason i have a “books claiming to be just like secret history” shelf. and this book is it. its not a bad book; the story is engaging and fast-paced, but at every turn there are too many parallels to one of the best novels ever written without the effortless grace of tartt. it just makes me want to reread secret history. like, right now.

  2. Like most modern books, this is a search for meaning in actions done to the characters, not in their own moral evolution.

    This book combines cliches from the modern success stories, and by that I mean general story ideas that were successful, patching in bits of Dan Brown, Fight Club, Bret Easton Ellis, Donna Tartt, even your bog-standard postmodern novel in the style of David Foster-Wallace (think David Mitchell).

    The underlying story however is pure dime store novel: the characters do not evolve

  3. The Night Climbers wears its influences on its sleeve so clearly that the sole quote displayed on the cover proclaims: ‘Lapped up The Secret History? Then this one’s for you.’ Obviously, I had to read it as soon as possible. However, now I’ve finished it I’m wondering about that context of that quote, and whether the reviewer who wrote it meant it as a compliment.

    It’s ironic that a significant element of the plot involves the protagonist forging a copy of a valuable work of art, because this boo

  4. (My full review of this book is much longer than GoodReads’ word-count limitations. Find the entire essay at the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter.com].)

    As regular readers know, when it comes to many topics in the arts, I like to do things a little differently here at CCLaP than at many other organizations; to cite one example, as a book reviewer I deliberately try to learn as little “industry” information about the publishing world as possible, even to the extent of pur

  5. A couple weeks ago I mentioned Donna Tartt’s novel The Secret History, a book I read almost 20 years ago. If you haven’t already read it, I can highly recommend it as a compelling novel about art and literature, particularly from the Greek period. But even if this isn’t your thing, The Secret History tells an intriguing tale of friendships made and destroyed on a college campus. It’s a book that has stayed with me all these years and one I should really re-read.

    Ivo Stourton’s novel The Night Cli

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