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#31bookschallenge Number 2:
Midnight All Day, by Hanif Kureishi. “From a certain point of view the world was ashes. You could also convert it to dust by burning away all hope, appetite, desire. But to live was, in some sense, to believe in the future. You couldn’t keep returning to the same dirty place.” A collection of short stories about dysfunctional, cuckolded, trysted, loveless, cheated, obsessive couples.
Each story tends to revolve around one character’s broken relationship, usually a failed or spiteful marriage, and examines what it means to take up a new life with someone else. Kureishi’s prose is sharp, witty, and frequently poetic, and he isn’t shy when it comes to being explicit.
Although a couple of stories dragged for me, Midnight All Day is a searing portrait of modern relationships, and his characters are brilliantly vivid. It is often crushingly sad, too, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading about fairly uneventful days experienced by each couple.