The Night Ocean

The Night Ocean

From the award-winning author and New Yorker contributor, a riveting novel about secrets and scandals, psychiatry and pulp fiction, inspired by the lives of H.P. Lovecraft and his circle. Marina Willett, M.D., has a problem. Her husband, Charlie, has become obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft, in particular with one episode in the legendary horror writer's life: In the summer of...

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Title:The Night Ocean
Author:Paul La Farge
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ISBN:1101981083
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:389 pages

The Night Ocean Reviews

  • Faith
    Feb 08, 2017
    Reinvention, reincarnation, delusions or just flat out lies (sometimes known as alternative facts) - you can never be sure exactly what you are dealing with in this book, but it was certainly different and fascinating. The story is told by Marina, a psychotherapist married to Charlie a nonfiction wr...
  • Ionia
    Dec 13, 2016
    After some inner turmoil, I decided to go down the middle with a three star rating for this book. I hated the beginning of it and that persisted until nearly the halfway point in the story, where I began to see the rest of the tale, and the point in the story emerge. Whilst I tend to love literary t...
  • The Haunted Reading Room 2017 - Year of Lovecraft
    Jan 17, 2017
    Review: THE NIGHT OCEAN by Paul LaFargeA stunning and complex novel. THE NIGHT OCEAN is an extraordinary literary contribution to fiction focusing on the life of Weird Fiction icon H. P. Lovecraft. It has impacted me as powerfully as did Jacqueline Baker' s THE BROKEN HOUR, published in April 2016. ...
  • Quirkyreader
    Feb 01, 2017
    All I can say is Wow! LaFarge crams a lot into his story. You have Lovecraft and his circle, World War II, Mexican History, William S. Burroughs and so much more.I don't want to spoil the massive page turner that this was. As soon as it becomes available try and find a copy....
  • Bandit
    Jan 29, 2017
    Wow. Just wow. The sheer insanity of reading his behemoth in one day actually kind of goes along with the sheer awesomeness of this book. And to think I was merely expecting a bibliomystery. Night Ocean is so much more, it's the stacking doll of storytelling, where the inventions are weaved into rea...
  • Dan Schwent
    Feb 13, 2017
    When Charlie Willet disappears, apparently commits suicide, his wife Marina explores the last couple years of his life, looking for reasons to believe he's still alive. Did Charlie's obsession with the Erotonomicon, the purported story of HP Lovecraft's affair with Robert Barlow, and the web of lies...
  • Tony
    Feb 28, 2017
    Sometimes – okay, fairly often – I will get an encouraging message from Goodreads dba Amazon, something like this: Based on your I-hated-this-book-so-much-I-wanted-to-slash-my-throat shelf, we’d like to recommend . . . . As if they could get rid of me with just one more bodice-ripper...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    Mar 14, 2017
    4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum https://bibliosanctum.com/2017/03/27/...The Night Ocean is not my usual genre, I confess, but its subject matter was simply too enticing to resist. While it’s true that I’ve always been drawn to books inspired by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft, perhaps jus...
  • Doug H
    Mar 04, 2017
    The first 100 pages or so held my interest, but it was mostly prurient interest. In retrospect, I should have dropped it when I felt the urge shortly after that. The entire middle section with Barlow and Burroughs in Mexico bored me to tears and it didn't get much better after that. Also, I currentl...
  • Paul
    Apr 10, 2017
    Paul La Farge's THE NIGHT OCEAN is a flat out brilliant imagining of the Lovecraft real life literary world of the 20th and 21st centuries. Funny, infuriating, melancholy, just a joy to read....