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Great book for lousy sleepers. Read this a long time ago, but it really stuck with me. It's an adventure story about two couples who live in the suburbs of San Francisco and decide to start taking walks in the middle of the night. They have adventures that get wilder and wilder, although nothing mean-spirited. It's a book about boredom, and about looking at things in new ways. Light-hearted, but genuinely fun. It reminded me of when I was a kid and would walk out in my back yard in the middle of...
The book starts out with some excitement, however, there is little substance that follows. There is well developed characters however there is no real motive for anything that ensues. In reading other reviews, perhaps this is how books were written in the time, which is why I will give it the benefit of the doubt.
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Found the story about two mischievous couples too long, dull at times, and completely implausible. The first half of the book meanders along with some relatively high points, barely enough to keep my attention. The story picks up toward the end but the long, drawn out climax just wasn't as rewarding as I hoped it would be. After just finishing "Marion's Wall", this was a letdown.
Boring! Too long by about 50 pages. I didn't enjoy it at all!
Finney is one of my most favorite novelists, for clever and crazy plots and occasional gleams of brilliance in his writing. The Night People is not great literature but it is great fun.
Unfortunately, I don't have many positive things to say about this book, since it's one of the worst that I've plowed through in a long time. It's not a new book, but really manages to feel extremely dated. Not just in the references and surroundings, but even the overall lameness of the characters and their dialogue. The main four characters do have personality, but it's irrational and inconsistent from scene to scene. I don't feel like I really understood any of them. The plot of experiencing
Not his best. I'm not truly sure what he was going for with this one. Still good Finney. I think I had hoped/expected something else.
This book was interesting and a nice quick read. Seems like these people in the story were quite bored with life and looked for various ways to spice up their lives. It was a less drastic measure psychologically than wife-swapping/key parties which were popular in the time the book was written, but alas a more dangerous one in the physical aspect because of their brushes with the law. I found it a nice thought provoking book that makes one ponder what will one do to escape the boredom of everyda...
Loved this story, my mother told me to read it years ago. It made me want to do what they did, on a warm summer night.
about 2/3 great- starts out a little edgy but ends up as a comedy.
clearly written as a movie. One of thse sad pointless ones that were so popular in the late sixties. For me the don't hold up, and neither does this.
A fun read.