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By Michael Malone | Comments: ( 796 ) | Date: ( Nov 19, 2019 )

In the sleepy town of Dingley Falls, Connecticut, something funny is going on Strange forces are pulling together the oddest of couples a mild mannered matron and a lascivious avant garde poet a sleek headmaster and a shy young curate a hippie librarian and the wayward daughter of a local tycoon What s , mailboxes are being stuffed with shockingly violent hate letIn the sleepy town of Dingley Falls, Connecticut, something funny is going on Strange forces are pulling together the oddest of couples a mild mannered matron and a lascivious avant garde poet a sleek headmaster and a shy young curate a hippie librarian and the wayward daughter of a local tycoon What s , mailboxes are being stuffed with shockingly violent hate letters, even as a mysterious ailment takes the lives of perfectly healthy people Not to mention the strange lights flashing in the depths of the forest With a sparkling range of characters who hurtle through an intricate and often hilarious journey, Michael Malone offers a sublime joyride in his classic novel.


  • Title: Dingley Falls
  • Author: Michael Malone
  • ISBN: 9781402200076
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Michael Malone

Michael Malone is the author of ten novels, a collection of short stories, and two works of nonfiction Educated at Carolina and at Harvard, he is now a professor in Theater Studies at Duke University Among his prizes are the Edgar, the O Henry, the Writers Guild Award, and the Emmy He lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina, with his wife.



Comments Dingley Falls

  • Susan

    Terribly unfair of me to review a book midstream, but after the first 200 pages or so, I felt myself asking the question "Is this book adding to my quality of life?" Not a good sign. Mind you, I have only one issue with Malone's writing style; the long list of characters which become more and more confusing as the book progresses (if only the "cast list" in the beginning scared me away then). Also, not a good sign. The premise (character-based, small town, everybody knows each other, gossip, sex [...]


  • Ashley

    I stumbled upon Dingley Falls completely by chance, and within the first chapter or two, it was already pretty high up on my list of favourite books. Every character (and there are many) is more interesting than the last. The author jumps around as he follows the daily life of these suburbanites - some while they engage in affairs, some while they don Nazi uniforms behind closed doors, some while they venture to uncover the mystery of a secret government base on the outskirts of town There is ne [...]


  • Raquel Samson

    The poor guy who wrote this probably thought he created a master piece but what a flop. It is sort of a soap opera and takes about 400 pages to get into it - way too many characters and some of the initial main characters don't even show up again after page 200 you have worked to get to know these initial characters and then you have to refocus SPOILER - the post mistress is the main character.


  • Rosary

    I love Malone's writing, and have read most all of his other works. However, I find that this book feels dated to me, and I cannot get interested in it. I do see the roots of his soap opera writing career here, but alas, I just had to give up on Dingley Falls.


  • She'Davia Williams

    This book is not worth reading. I couldnt even get through the first 150 pages. There were about one or two good parts but besides those the rest was boring, awkwardly phrased, and just a waste of time to read.


  • Jim Leckband

    "Dingley Falls" is Michael Malone's expansive tribute to Matthew Arnold's poem, "Dover Beach" (Dover Beach and Other Poems). Well, that, and a wacky soap opera of a novel concerning: biological warfare, thwarted and forbidden love, vengeance and forgiveness, corrupt and psychopathic government, childhood and the loss of innocence, social immobility and immigrant striving, public facades and private turmoil - in short, this novel published in 1980, is a wonderful, prescient, awing prelude to the [...]


  • Bunny

    Dingley Falls, which I've been assured by one who knows is a truthful version of a small New England town, is full of gossip, scandal, affairs, homosexual ministers, the rich and the poor and the government covertly experimenting with all of their bodies to the townsfolks detriment, not to mention a secretly psycho letter writer who finally goes off his rocker.Really, really good (and amusing) - might even be profound but the writing is so clear and to the point that the reader doesn't notice ho [...]


  • Rod

    I much admire genuinely humorous writing--those books that make you laugh out loud with a clear-eyed yet affectionate look at "the way we are." This book has that. I think it suffers a little toward the end when it becomes plot-driven rather than character-driven (and some of the characters become less believable because of that), but there is some fine writing here, expertly drawn characters, and even some profound musings. My recommendation for a summer vacation: ahead and visit Dingley Falls. [...]


  • Beth

    Don't bother!!


  • Andrea

    I read another book of his and just loved it. I bought this a few years ago and tried to read it and just put it back on my shelf. I tried picking it up again over the past several days and just could not get into it. I didn't like the way it was written. There were too many characters to remember and I only made it through 17 pages This book will be donated.


  • Jan

    Did not care for this at all.


  • Barbara

    Some books are so bad, I have to force myself through them; this is one of those. Dingley Falls is almost 600 pages of drivel, nearly a complete waste of time. I am chagrined that the book received glowing reviews from several newspapers I thought would be honest (Atlanta Journal-Constitution, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and Chicago Tribune). Don't waste your time; don't believe the hype. The characters are caricatures, the author uses stream of consciousness to excess, and loves long lists punctua [...]


  • Deon Stonehouse

    Dingley Falls by Michael Malone is set in Connecticut in 1976. The small town is populated by quirky characters and seems to have escaped all the angst of the sixties. But the quiet, orderly town has a dark undertone, government shenanigans are putting the populace at risk, violence and discontent have found their way in too. Malone’s characters are always memorable, he treats them with empathy and makes the reader care about them. Humor is deftly used to make points on more serious subjects. [...]


  • Zhen Engbrecht

    What I have read I really enjoyed, but I had to send the book back to because some of the pages are blank. I never got a new book from . I was about 2/3 way through and I was a little tired of the endless number of characters, but it was still interesting because the writing was witty and the characters would get into really odd situations. There is a helpful list of the characters in the beginning. I know, when you see that you know you are in for it. At times I felt like I was in a soap opera [...]


  • Lisa

    A friend gave me this book since the author is Michael Malone. Would have to say that if my husband had written this, it would not have been so wordy! So much extra fluff that I thought was unnecessary and boring. Some of the different story lines that were going on seemed to be interesting, but nothing was ever finished at the end of this extremely LONG book! Took me until the middle of the book to even start to get acquainted with all the people and what was happening. Unfortunately, I have an [...]


  • Kristi

    I had high hopes for this. First, I got this book from an unknown neighbor, a product of our neighborhood's "free little library" where people both drop off and check out books at a major intersection of the hood. what a lovely thing for a neighborhood to have! So, the kiddos and I walked to the library with donations and I saw this novel. Impressed by the great reviews on the inside cover and the synopsis which seemed russo- ish, we took it home with us.What a waste of paper. I made it to 300 p [...]


  • Tomi-Ann

    This is quite a book. Kind of Peyton Place meets Charles Dickens meets sci fi thriller. It's a long, delicious read with such a huge number of characters that you get a "cast" list in the front, to refer back to whenever you're confused in the beginning. I didn't much love the ending, although the denouement is quite something. I wish I was still "living" in the little town of Dingley Falls, and I wish I could have saved certain characters by solving the sci fi mystery in the forest for them.


  • Roberta

    This book isn't particularly "smart" -- although there are some interesting and scathing sections describing the absurd and almost existential stupidity of government. But if you're in the mood for a light read that is very well crafted and written and full of many, many interesting and quirky (quirky!) characters and a range of plots and sublots (with a nice sci-fi and government manipulation edge) then I'd have to say this is a really, really awesome book.


  • John

    I started out liking this book. It has good dailogue and some interesting characters. It seemed to be setting up a good story. But it never seemed to come, page after page, just hints. Each character is developed, and then redeveloped. I quit reading half way through still waiting for "it" to start happening whatever it was (will never know now). Maybe the stasis is an allegory on small town life; if so, it did not hold my interest.


  • Heather

    This is an awful book. Presented as a light hearted, whimsical tale of the whacky goings on in a small town. What the book contains is a government sanctified mass murder of citizens of the town, a look at some very unhappy marriages and the brutal rape of a quiet withdrawn woman. The end of the story is inexplicable, I cannot for the life of me explain the glowing reviews of major publications like The New York Times. Don't waste your time on this book.


  • Cara

    A good (if long) choice for a summer reada kicky variety of clearly drawn characters, and things sorting out as you might expect (and would like) them to! Although I do want to know why it seems that the author of every contemporary small town novel that I've read recently feels the need to drop extreme violence in somewhere.


  • Stacey

    Lost 2 days unexpectedly on this one. I am amazed at authors with the capacity to see the world from every possible point of view. This novel convincingly encompasses the inner worlds of an entire community. Quite a ride! Shakesperean in scope. Social satire with genuine feeling--a very rare thing.


  • Eli

    Not my favorite of the Malones I've read. I've read out of order, and he "grew up" a lot between this book andHandling Sin . This one is a bit less focused and hits a bit wide. It's still better than a heck of a lot of other stuff out there, and I'm glad to have read it.


  • Kristy

    Dani's choice for our TSS book group - it got mixed reviews from the other chicas, but I thought it was pretty good. All of the scandal and raciness aside, I thought some of the situations were pretty amusing. The small town was like a whole different bazaar world full of some really quirky characters.


  • Maggie

    This time, Malone takes us up to Connecticut where we meet another town full of strange people and suspicious happenings, and proves to us that small-town craziness doesn't only happen in North Carolina.


  • June

    I liked the humor--especially the parts about the secret government base, but there was something a little creepy about all the sex sceneske the author lives with his mother and secretly writes porn based on his fantasies of what sex would be like. Just a little


  • Shoshana

    I had high expectations because I loved "The Four Corners of the Sky" so much, but for some reason I struggled to get through this. I think part of my problem was there were way too many characters involved.


  • Sarah

    Tale of outrageous characters in a CT town - but large number of characters and details make it a book best read with attention and not in rotation with other books. Funny but not necessarily light reading; also long. Still, very enjoyable.


  • Jennifer Altmiller

    This was my first Michael Malone book. I enjoyed the large cast of quirky characters and the unexpected turns in the book. The ending fell a bit flat, I thought, but it was very entertaining and a fun read. I'll be interested to read more from this author.


  • Eileen

    This was a long book, and almost the whole first half was spent introducing all the characters. But what really struck me is how much of the book still rings true over 30 years after it was first published.


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