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Love and Summer: A Novel

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  • Posted October 14, 2009

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    I just don't know....

    I must respectfully disagree with the professional reviews of this novel. All other reviews state how wonderfully written, unforgettable and heart breaking this story is...sorry, I didn't get that. I trudged through the first 100 pages waiting for anything interesting to happen simply because of all the great reviews this novel received. Maybe the Irish language is a bit too different, or maybe it was simply because the way this author described everything seemed a bit vague and detached, but I never connected to any of the characters or felt any emotion toward them at all. I did finish the book only because I had read so much of it I figured I'd keep going. I was holding out hope that the ending would somehow magically make the rest of the book great. It did not. I'm sorry to say I wouldn't recommend this book to anyone. The only reason I gave this book one star was because it was a short and quick read so therefor didn't waste much of my time.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 13, 2010

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    Trevor. Enough said.

    William Trevor is a magnificent writer of the short story. He is also a fine writer of novels. This is one of the latter, and probably not his best, but it is head and shoulders above the dreck that poses as literary fiction these days.
    His grasp of the nuanced phrase, the sense of quirkiness of the characters in play, his economy...these are the talents of a master in play. Read him, read as much of him as you can. He is not going to be simply replaced when he is gone.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 9, 2010

    A gentle Irish tale

    The story revolves around a small Irish town in which a bunch of hopelessly muddled people muddle through a summer with very little for which to hope. It's gentle in that the villains actually think they're doing what they're doing for the best reasons, and it's just because they're Irish that what happens does indeed happen. It's a very pleasant read, as long as you don't expect any of the characters to be noble or behave rationally.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 28, 2009

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    William Trevor is the best friend the English Language has ever had. Perfection!

    I've just finished this perfect gem of a novel by masterful author William Trevor. It's impossible to come up with anything coherent that could convey why he is the greatest writer writing in the English language.

    William Trevor's work is subtle, poetic, humorous, truthful and heartbreaking. Always. I tip my hat to Mr. Trevor's genius once again. And I thank him for his illustrious unparalleled career.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 29, 2013

    A good read with a sensible ending

    William Trevor portrays many characters that experience hardships during the Irish Revolution. His descriptive language of the Irish terrain enriches the tale as well as the fate of its people.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 16, 2010

    Don't expect a shred of wit, passion, or romance in Love and Summer.

    Love and Summer was my book club's recent choice. I found it to be a miserable and uninspiring love story. The flatness of the unremarkable characters left them completely forgettable. I am an avid reader but I struggled to get through this dreary book. It didn't become remotely interesting until I was half way through it. My next choice for Book Club: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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