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Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1986, A Summons to Memphis is "a delicious novel . . . funny, touching."--Newsweek. After two phone calls from his sisters, Philip Carver reluctantly leaves his Manhattan home and returns to Memphis . . . and into his own past as well.
Posted June 30, 2009
I have had this book on my shelf since the late 90s. I started the book on multiple occassions only to get side-tracked or to lose interest. A native Memphian, I was always intrigued by this set up of opposites: Memphis and Nashville. I always liked to think Memphis far superior...so I was disappointed to find that the place, as frequently as it was referred to, was not really all that important to the story, other than the author's transplantation there becomes his chief, life-long obstacle. Anyway, spoiler alert...he lives in NY, stays in NY and imagines himself eventally dissolving there. I guess the story is realistic, but in a very banal, unimaginative way that doesn't really make it worth being on the other end as reader. I found A Summons to Memphis redundant so much so that you expect when approaching the climax of the book for there to be a stark revelation. Indeed there was not.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 21, 2005
Book was more of an inspection of the mores of a controlling father and his times and culture and the attempts at intervention by his two daughters. My only reason for giving it only 4 stars is because it took 50-60 pages to 'get into it'.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.