William Trevor, an award-winning author with many awards, is one of the best authors from Ireland. Most critics call him the best observer out there, and I think they are quite right about it. Love and Summer is an excellent novel if you are looking for a short and tranquil book.
I always loved reading books with a long and hot summer, so I knew I’d like this. Although it is very slow and nothing much happens, I couldn’t put it down and kept reading. It made me think a lot about relationships, the hidden feelings and faith.
If you ever left people behind or felt abandoned, this book may surface most of the feelings that are long forgotten. It may hurt a little but you’ll understand that everything happens for a reason.
To sum up, consider reading this book at the end of summer. You’ll be transported to a small Irish town, with all its unique Irishness, moreover, the heat would help you to get in the mood. Enjoy!
It is summer and a stranger has come to quiet Rathmoye. He is noticed by Ellie, the young convent girl, who is married to Dillahan, a farmer still mourning his first wife. Over the long and warm days, Ellie and the stranger form an illicit attachment. And those in the town can only watch, so holding their tongues, as passion, love and fate take their inevitable course.
Readers of The Story of Lucy Gault and Felicia’s Journey will adore Love and Summer. It will also be cherished by readers of Colm Toibin and William Boyd.
William Trevor KBE was an Irish novelist, playwright and short-story writer. One of the elder statesmen of the Irish literary world, he was so widely regarded as one of the greatest contemporary writers of short stories in the English language.
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