The stories in Midnight All Day show a contemporary master at the top of
his form, acclaimed by one reviewer for his depiction of 'a lost generation
of men: those shaped by the sixties, disoriented by the eighties and bereft
of a personal and political map in the nineties'.We are unerring in our
choice of lovers, particularly when we require the wrong person. There is
an instinct, magnet or aerial which seeks the unsuitable. The wrong person
is, of course, right for something - to punish, bully, or humiliate us, let
us down, leave us for dead, or, worst of all, give us the impression that
they are not inappropriate, but almost right, thus hanging us in love's
limbo. Not just anyone can do this.In this astonishing collection of
stories, Hanif Kureishi confirms his reputation as Britain's foremost
chronicler of the loveless, the lost and the dispossessed. The characters
in Midnight All Day are familiar to all of us: frustrated and intoxicated,
melancholic and sensitive, yet capable of great cruelty, and, if necessary,
willing to break the constraints of an old life to make way for the new.

Hanif Kureishi—Midnight All Day

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