Love and Summer - a remarkable, heart-rending novel by acclaimed writer William Trevor 'Lingers in the memory as a beautiful meditation on love, belonging and the impossibility of escape' Observer 'Unbearably moving' Spectator 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, holding their tongues, as passion, love and fate take their inevitable course. 'A portrait of a brackish rural backwater, complete with family tragedy, sexual scandal, a repressed spinster and a half-crazed ancient retainer ...delicate, elegiac, written with all Trevor's trademark compassion and understanding' Daily Mail 'A series of wrenching human dramas, which Trevor depicts with kindness and beautiful delicacy' Sunday Telegraph 'Brilliant.
Trevor is the ultimate Old Master' Evening Standard 'Beautiful.
A flawless work of art' Independent on Sunday 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 was born in Mitchelstown, County Cork.
He has written eighteen novels and novellas, and hundreds of short stories, for which he has won a number of prizes including the Hawthornden Prize, the Yorkshire Post Book of the Year Award, the Whitbread Book of the Year Award and the David Cohen Literature Prize in recognition of a lifetime's literary achievement.
In 2002 he was knighted for his services to literature.
His books in Penguin are: After Rain; A Bit on the Side; Bodily Secrets; Cheating at Canasta; The Children of Dynmouth; The Collected Stories (Volumes One and Two); Death in Summer; Felicia's Journey; Fools of Fortune; The Hill Bachelors; Love and Summer; The Mark-2 Wife; Selected Stories; The Story of Lucy Gault and Two Lives.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 224 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 29/04/2010
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780141042190
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Review by dmsteyn
Review by yooperprof
I don't like to give that 5th star very often - this is the first "5 star" novel that I've read this year. But from my perspective, William Trevor deserves the highest accolade for absolutely "getting" the time and place of his tender love story: rural Ireland around 1960. Here he skillfully delineates one of the classic "Trevorian tropes": the decaying Anglo-Irish gentry and their ruined "great house". There's also the sweet, pure Irish lass who is the embodiment of traditional love. Maybe if you've never read him before, this shouldn't be your first William Trevor novel. But if you have, you can be certain that in "Love and Summer" you will find the wistful wry humor and the seriously fine prose style that has made him one of the best Irish writers of our times.
Review by Luli81
"Love and summer" is an ordinary story of common people set in the Ireland of the fifties, when women weren't able to choose and lives were spent working and doing your duty without thinking too much about what could have been.Ellie is a young married woman, whose husband is a farmer, a widower much older than she. He is a good person, he treats her alright, meaning he doesn't abuse her. After having tried for some years to have children and not being able to, Ellie has accepted her fate and she is sort of contented with her ordinary life in the farm.Everything changes when she meets a young photographer, Florian, with whom she falls in love almost at first sight. As the illicit affair develops, and she gets more and more tangled, Florian continues with his own plans of abandoning Ireland for good, wanting to leave his past and Ellie behind.A sad and unromantic story, a cross of paths which don't leave track, lacking chemistry and imagination. The dialogues were rather dull and slow and the characters were only described on the surface, I felt as I didn't know them well enough to judge.The book fell too short from my expectations, I wouldn't recommend it as a good reading, not even for a boring Sunday evening.