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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Moving and Richly Written

Summer is a fascinating portrayal of human nature, richly descriptive yet brief in dialogue. Hold on for a captivating ride as you experience the change in perspective that comes from the transition from adolescence to adulthood through the eyes of main character Chari...
Summer is a fascinating portrayal of human nature, richly descriptive yet brief in dialogue. Hold on for a captivating ride as you experience the change in perspective that comes from the transition from adolescence to adulthood through the eyes of main character Charity. But there are additional interesting curves in the road involving pivotal transformations and realizations by other central characters as well. The characters in this novel, like its setting North Dormer, are far from perfect. They possess both good and bad qualities. They experience regret and tribulation as well as moments of strength and admiration. They know they can be better -- reach their full potential -- if only they can get out of this dismal place. The grass has to be greener, or so they believe. But, life's realities give them a new perspective. Out of their flaws, they find resolution. While we may not agree with the outcome (possibly because of cultural and societal differences from the time of the novel to now), it no doubt adds mystery and, yes, reality to the story.

posted by Anonymous on October 15, 2003

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Mixed

While I am a huge fan of Edith Wharton's other novels, Summer does not match their standard. It is contrived, and the emotional tenor is unrealistic. While it is well worth reading for those with a deep interest in all of Wharton's writings, readers who are new to Wha...
While I am a huge fan of Edith Wharton's other novels, Summer does not match their standard. It is contrived, and the emotional tenor is unrealistic. While it is well worth reading for those with a deep interest in all of Wharton's writings, readers who are new to Wharton should start with the Age of Innocence or Ethan Frome. I would say this is inferior to the House of Mirth and Custom of the Country as well.

posted by Anonymous on September 24, 2002

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2003

    Moving and Richly Written

    Summer is a fascinating portrayal of human nature, richly descriptive yet brief in dialogue. Hold on for a captivating ride as you experience the change in perspective that comes from the transition from adolescence to adulthood through the eyes of main character Charity. But there are additional interesting curves in the road involving pivotal transformations and realizations by other central characters as well. The characters in this novel, like its setting North Dormer, are far from perfect. They possess both good and bad qualities. They experience regret and tribulation as well as moments of strength and admiration. They know they can be better -- reach their full potential -- if only they can get out of this dismal place. The grass has to be greener, or so they believe. But, life's realities give them a new perspective. Out of their flaws, they find resolution. While we may not agree with the outcome (possibly because of cultural and societal differences from the time of the novel to now), it no doubt adds mystery and, yes, reality to the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2001

    Summer is a sensational novel

    Summer is a novel that shows the passions between a man and a woman. Charity, a woman who should be born in today's world, but tragically stuck in a world where a dowry matters. The passion they feel is unordtodox and they feel no regret over what transpired between them. 'She threw her back proudly.'I ain't ever been sorry-not a minute'' 149 She feels no regret, but pride in the passion that they felt even though society scorns her and tries to break her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2000

    Loved it!!!

    I read this book for a book report in my american lit class, and I loved it. Wharton's writing kept me interested, and I loved the story. Although I was disappointed in the ending(it wasn't what I wanted), I recommend this book to poeple who love romance. The vivid descriptions of the setting made it easy to picture in my mind. Read this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2013

    DEAR GAVE UP:

    Please read something else of Wharton's and try this one again, perhaps a collection of her short stories. I'd hate for you to totally be turned off. Sometimes it is easier to understand something of this magnitude if you take baby steps by gently familiarizing yourself with the author's writing style and voice. Biographical familiarity also helps. I'm used to classics and there are many it took several tries for me to stomach. Recently I read Clara Laughlin's "Children Of Tomorrow." When I got the book I could barely get through the first 3 chapters it was that dull. But one weekend about 3 months ago, my internet went down and I had nothing new to read, so I went back to it and found there was alot more to the story than I was willing to admit at the time. I loved the book so much I started looking for other stuff. I guess what I'm trying to say is don't give up. True fact: It took me 4 times being forced to read The Great Gatsby, forr me to find something redeeming in it. If I can try that hard, you can too..

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