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The Light of Day

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Review-A-Day

"The Light of Day takes up many of the same questions as Swift's earlier work. Do people die for love, and if so what are the consequences for those whom they leave behind? Can we choose to fall in and out of love, or are we inevitably overcome by forces beyond our control? But the book restricts itself to a much more shallow scope, and so it seems to strain for the sort of operatic intensity that once was natural." Ruth Franklin, The New Republic (read the entire New Republic review)

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

On the anniversary of a life-shattering event, George Webb, a former policeman turned private detective, revisits the catastrophes of his past and reaffirms the extraordinary direction of his future. Two years before, an assignment to follow a strayed husband and his mistress appeared simple enough, but this routine job left George a transformed man.

Suspenseful, moving, and hailed by critics as a detective story unlike any other, The Light of Day is a gripping tale of murder and redemption, as well as a bold exploration of love and self-discovery. This powerful novel signals yet another groundbreaking achievement from Graham Swift, the author of the Booker Prize-winning novel Last Orders.

Review:

"Swift is at the height of his powers. In this quite dazzling meditation, Swift makes the reader believe anew in the power of love." Chicago Tribune

Review:

"An intense meditation on love and murder....Graham Swift distills emotion and incident into a hypnotic elixir. He is simply one of the most sure-handed, savvy and remarkable writers now at work." The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"Revelatory....Swift paints a potent tale of suspense, sex, betrayal and redmption. A poignant meditation on the give and take of love." Seattle Times

Review:

"Takes the conventions of the mystery thriller and turns them inside out." Chicago Sun-Times

Review:

"A masterful, first-person narrative about love's sudden revelations and its retributions....Swift delivers another remarkable piece of fiction — one that sticks with you and gnaws on the soul." St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Review:

"Affirms the shifting nature of human connections, and uses the mundane details of a single day to explore the broad scopes of love and passion, venality and benevolence." The Los Angeles Times

Review:

"Luminous....This taut thriller gradually becomes a fine-tuned investigation of how even our simplest, most personal choices can spiral uncontrollably outward." People

Review:

"Filled with intelligent meditations." The New Yorker

Review:

"Swift generates remarkable tension, using the very dailiness of Webb's memories...to bring a powerful immediacy to the events of his past and his dreams of the future....A remarkable feat of storytelling by one of our most accomplished novelists." Bill Ott, Booklist

Review:

"[R]eads not like a hard-boiled detective tale but like a — well, like a Graham Swift novel....The mood and tone of the book are decidedly Larkinesque: a fog of disappointment and regret wafts over the characters, muffling their actions and suffocating their dreams." Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times

Review:

"With The Light of Day, Graham Swift distills emotion and incident into a hypnotic elixir. He is simply one of the most sure-handed, savvy and remarkable writers now at work....He is a writer of immense gifts." The Washington Post

Review:

"[I]ntricate and absorbing....[A]n elegant and gripping text: a virtuoso fusion of noir-drenched mystery and psychological analysis reminiscent of similar recent works by Kazuo Ishiguro and Paul Auster." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Though perhaps not at the level of Last Orders, this beautifully written novel is a worthwhile addition to the Swift canon." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"A virtuosic display of narrative skill." Philadelphia Inquirer

Review:

"Swift's hypnotic, elliptical style neatly showcases his characters' psychological depths, yielding a noir-ish stunner shot through with a brutal clarity." Vanity Fair

Review:

"Swift has shaped his meditation on fate and chance with a craftsman's hand. From first to last it's a story of patterns disrupted, expectations overturned." San Francisco Chronicle

Review:

"Like Swift's previous novels...one must learn how to read The Light of Day in order to enjoy it. The novel can be choppy and jarring. Most of its sentences are not sentences at all, but fragments — shards, really — of a man's shattered thought processes." Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Synopsis:

Ordinary lives are transformed through extraordinary storytelling as Swift combines a powerful love story and a narrative of intense suspense into a brilliant and tender novel about what drives people to extremes of emotion.

About the Author

Graham Swift was born in 1949 in London, where he still lives and works. He is the author of six novels: The Sweet-Shop Owner; Shuttlecock, which received the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize; Waterland, which was short-listed for the Booker Prize and won the Guardian Fiction Award, the Winifred Holtby Memorial Prize, and the Italian Premio Grinzane Cavour; Out of This World; Ever After, which won the French Prix du Meilleur Livre Etranger; and Last Orders, which was awarded the Booker Prize. He is also the author of Learning to Swim, a collection of short stories. His work has been translated into more than twenty-five languages.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400032211
Author:
Swift, Graham
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Private investigators
Subject:
Love stories
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
August 10, 2004
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
8.06x5.22x.73 in. .56 lbs.

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Product details 336 pages Vintage Books USA - English 9781400032211 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "The Light of Day takes up many of the same questions as Swift's earlier work. Do people die for love, and if so what are the consequences for those whom they leave behind? Can we choose to fall in and out of love, or are we inevitably overcome by forces beyond our control? But the book restricts itself to a much more shallow scope, and so it seems to strain for the sort of operatic intensity that once was natural." (read the entire New Republic review)
"Review" by , "Swift is at the height of his powers. In this quite dazzling meditation, Swift makes the reader believe anew in the power of love."
"Review" by , "An intense meditation on love and murder....Graham Swift distills emotion and incident into a hypnotic elixir. He is simply one of the most sure-handed, savvy and remarkable writers now at work."
"Review" by , "Revelatory....Swift paints a potent tale of suspense, sex, betrayal and redmption. A poignant meditation on the give and take of love."
"Review" by , "Takes the conventions of the mystery thriller and turns them inside out."
"Review" by , "A masterful, first-person narrative about love's sudden revelations and its retributions....Swift delivers another remarkable piece of fiction — one that sticks with you and gnaws on the soul."
"Review" by , "Affirms the shifting nature of human connections, and uses the mundane details of a single day to explore the broad scopes of love and passion, venality and benevolence."
"Review" by , "Luminous....This taut thriller gradually becomes a fine-tuned investigation of how even our simplest, most personal choices can spiral uncontrollably outward."
"Review" by , "Filled with intelligent meditations."
"Review" by , "Swift generates remarkable tension, using the very dailiness of Webb's memories...to bring a powerful immediacy to the events of his past and his dreams of the future....A remarkable feat of storytelling by one of our most accomplished novelists."
"Review" by , "[R]eads not like a hard-boiled detective tale but like a — well, like a Graham Swift novel....The mood and tone of the book are decidedly Larkinesque: a fog of disappointment and regret wafts over the characters, muffling their actions and suffocating their dreams."
"Review" by , "With The Light of Day, Graham Swift distills emotion and incident into a hypnotic elixir. He is simply one of the most sure-handed, savvy and remarkable writers now at work....He is a writer of immense gifts."
"Review" by , "[I]ntricate and absorbing....[A]n elegant and gripping text: a virtuoso fusion of noir-drenched mystery and psychological analysis reminiscent of similar recent works by Kazuo Ishiguro and Paul Auster."
"Review" by , "Though perhaps not at the level of Last Orders, this beautifully written novel is a worthwhile addition to the Swift canon."
"Review" by , "A virtuosic display of narrative skill."
"Review" by , "Swift's hypnotic, elliptical style neatly showcases his characters' psychological depths, yielding a noir-ish stunner shot through with a brutal clarity."
"Review" by , "Swift has shaped his meditation on fate and chance with a craftsman's hand. From first to last it's a story of patterns disrupted, expectations overturned."
"Review" by , "Like Swift's previous novels...one must learn how to read The Light of Day in order to enjoy it. The novel can be choppy and jarring. Most of its sentences are not sentences at all, but fragments — shards, really — of a man's shattered thought processes."
"Synopsis" by , Ordinary lives are transformed through extraordinary storytelling as Swift combines a powerful love story and a narrative of intense suspense into a brilliant and tender novel about what drives people to extremes of emotion.
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