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As always with RT Stevens a good read, set in the years just before the Russian revolution and then during it. Features various members of the Russian aristocracy and includes the Czar and his family as well as an intrepid Englishman. Rolls along nicely, not too much thinking but an enjoyable read of a world in summertime. If you know the Romanoffs you'll also know then ending is sad.
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on 6 April 2016
A tremendously enjoyable book which I first read decades ago, and re read recently after asking myself why I was so deeply moved by it the first time. I was pleased to see it was still in print and promptly ordered it through amazon. But even now after all these years I find that
I cannot do it justice without rising to the facility with words that this author achieves himself, something which I can't do! So although words fail me, they don't fail the author of The Summer Day Is Done. Insightful, humourous, captivating, full of historical information, with great character development, a balanced presentation of all of these and done with a consistent light touch. This is, I think, the best of Stevens' novels amongst his many others. How did he gain the insight he had into the factors which influenced Europe and its leaders inbetween the two World Wars, not to mention his familiarity with on ground experiences? one does wonder whether he may have worked for the government in some rather private capacity ....
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