For me an almost perfect read. I had never heard of this Irish author before but he has won many prizes for his novels, and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Rightfully so. Love and Summer is beautifully written, and - partial spoiler alert - has what I consider to be an excellent ending. There's just enough suspense to keep you reading and not enough to raise your blood pressure too much. The characters, while appealing, are so eccentric that it's a little hard to get a handle on them occasionally. The husband of the heroine is an exception - I felt as though I truly understood him. Beautiful detail of the way the countryside looks, feels and smells. Maybe it's juvenile but I would have liked a map drawn of the villages.
"Love and Summer was the fifth of the Irish author's novels to be nominated for the Booker Prize; The New York Times calls it a "work of art."" Fiction A to Z December 2012 newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=580458
An old-fashioned, sweet Irish story, set in the 1950s.
A beautiful small novel, that is a real gem. It is about a secret summer romance in a small Irish village and the people that are involved and changed as a result. I highly, highly recommend.
What a sad , sweet tale - I loved it ! William Trevor , you are a master , and to think you published this at age 81 !
Small towns and circumscribed lives are this book subjects, the setting Ireland sometime mid century. Ellie and Florian are the central characters, but Trevor writes in a whole town of people with unrealized hopes and dreams.
Trevor is a master storyteller; this one is no different than all the wonderful ones read before. The book is a quiet little gem; great for a reading moment in summer.
It's amazing how much of the human condition is revealed with so few words. Booker Prize Longlist 2009
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