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The Stones of Summer

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Stones of Summer

As a reader, a reviewer and a writer, I know well how rare the occasion that I've composed or come across a review which begins with the edict: 'If you read nothing else this year...' and yet, here is such a find. The Stones of Summer is a literary force of nature so r...
As a reader, a reviewer and a writer, I know well how rare the occasion that I've composed or come across a review which begins with the edict: 'If you read nothing else this year...' and yet, here is such a find. The Stones of Summer is a literary force of nature so rare in creation and scope that it simply should not be missed. At once lyrical and comical, phrased with a narrative that is like a postmodern Faulkner, the story unfolds like a dream. The Stones of Summer is a rare find, a definitive and remarkable work of art brought back for a whole new generation to read as a treat not to be missed! Steven Gillis is the author of WALTER FALLS (barkingman@aol.com)

posted by Anonymous on November 3, 2003

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

Too much hoopla.

There wasn't a single character in this novel to admire, to identify with, to cheer on through whatever struggle arises. I'm putting this book out on the table in my next yard sale.

posted by Anonymous on January 5, 2004

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    Stumbling on your own thoughts

    I'm not sure what kind of social skills the people who wrote positve reviews of this book have because it's obvious the writer has none. Read the first two pages and you become to understand how thinking too much can cause insanity. I don't care how many books you've read you'll never be able to understand this one. I would equate my enjoyment of reading this (only on page 61) to reading the orginial King James version of the Bible. It makes about as much sense and flows about the same way. The night was dark, WE GET THE PICTURE. I don't need your 'bones' and stupid abject words describing nothing to tell me that. Seriously, how is a tree like a bunch of bones and how is it a murderer?!?!? STAY AWAY FROM THIS BOOK.

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Too much hoopla.

    There wasn't a single character in this novel to admire, to identify with, to cheer on through whatever struggle arises. I'm putting this book out on the table in my next yard sale.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    disappointing

    what a dreadful novel. I suspect the first few who read the original publication back in the 1970s were blind if they thought this novel was worth reviving. What a disappointment. Not only am I sorry I spent the money on it, but I am sorry I invested the time and mental effort to read it. Don't waste your time or your money on this one!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2003

    this is a lost novel for a very good reason

    I was very excited when I bought this book - couldn't wait to get home and read it. I tried; I really, really tried to get into it. But, alas, I couldn't even get past 90 pages. The main character is not convincingly realistic. He is crude and vulgar and completely unlike a real 9 or 10 year old boy. To compare this author to J.D. Salinger and Dickens is an insult to those greats and to American literature. I think Dow has potential. But he needs to hone his craft.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    Purple Is His Favorite Color

    Why do all the positive reviews in this forum sound alike? Every page in this book is evidence of an author besotted with his own overblown style. Good writing means revision, craft, thought- -careful constructions of language that build an alternate reality. The Stones of Summer is simply not that. But it does feature a kind of writing that certain types of readers are continually attracted to--those delillo fans across the land who like writing that sounds 'writerly.' The less sense it makes the better, because the more sense it makes, the more fans it will have. And the more fans it has the less special you are for having discovered or rediscovered this 'lost masterpiece.' Oh brother. These are the same readers who don't like Jane Austen. And of course Mr. Mossman's protagonist is disgusted by Pride & Prejudice. That book is everything this one is not--a tightly constructed, well written, charming, witty, and very readable book--one written by a writer who must have been as talented editing her work as Mr. Mossman is not.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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