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- Listening Length: 5 hours and 32 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 9 Jun. 2004
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ6OP4
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If you have ever had a marvellous summer of discovery, or the memories of a gap year, or first year at university, you will surely recognise the emotion that Charity experiences, breaking out of her small world to discover something beyond what she had known before.
This is the story of Charity Royall, a young, bored girl in a backwater town. When a stranger arrives, things start to get more interesting for her. I don't want to write any more than that for fear of spoiling the book, but sufice to say there are some surprises, some home-truths and some pretty tough times in store.
I really liked this book; Wharton delivers some wonderful prose that draws you in to this little world.
Anxious to have some independence so that she can escape, at some point, from the closed society of the village, Charity becomes the town librarian, a part-time job which gives her a small amount of her own money. There she encounters Lucius Harney, the nephew of one of the town's leading citizens, an architect studying some of the old houses in the area. His interest in Charity soon develops into affection and then passion, and the two become lovers, a relationship which quickly develops complications--Charity is starved for affection and yearns to escape the village, while Harney, educated but personally weak, can already come and go as he pleases.
Wharton uses the seasons symbolically to illustrate the development of the relationship between Charity Royall and Lucius Harney from the earliest stirrings of their interest when they meet in early June to the full passion of their love in mid-August. Fall brings reality to Charity, and winter freezes her soul. Throughout the novel references are made to the mountain where Charity was born and to the ignorant people who live there without hope of improving their lives. Charity's own return to visit to her family shows her the desperation of their lives, and her need to grasp whatever escape route is available to her.Read more ›
I found the writing beautiful and poetic. I was very much reminded of Tess of the D'Ubervilles and also Mill on the Floss. The whole situation especially towards the end seems so desperate and loaded against poor Charity who, having come down from the mountain, seems to have had her fate predetermined. However, being an optimist, I like to think that the relationship with Mr Royall will blossom and life for Charity takes a turn for the better.
The heroine, the fierce Charity Royall, is in the tradition even if she hasn't read very much. For this is the story of a Librarian in a one-horse town who doesn't know her books, except for 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' and Longfellow, which are the only ones anyone asks for.
Anyone, that is, except a fresh good-looking young man who has come to North Dormer from the city. "Have you a card catalogue?" he asks. A WHAT ? she retorts.
There are some amusing moments, but one feels it is building up to a certain amount of turmoil, and it would be marvellous to listen to this while driving on a long, lonely journey.
I haven't seen the ending, but am very engaged by the way the story is shaping
Most Recent Customer Reviews
In Edith Wharton's novel 'Summer' we meet the beautiful eighteen-year-old Charity Royall, who lives in the New England town of North Dormer with her guardian, the widowed Lawyer... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Susannah B (Susie B)
I started reading the first pages of this novel sensing that I wasn't going to like it, but as I read on, I began getting into it. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Pola Papa
What a fantastic book: Wharton is a wonderful writer. I imagine this must have been quite a shocking story at the time of publication.Published on 9 Oct. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Who wouldn't be delighted to find the public domain list of FREE classic literature. This is fantastic. Read morePublished on 12 April 2013 by Mrs. Little
Beautifully written, easy to read and compelling.
A clever and unpredictable story, full of rich descriptions placing the reader right into the varied and contrasting... Read more
This edition of Summer did not download properly onto my kindle- the text was odd lengths on the page not matter how I tried to overcome this. Read morePublished on 24 Jan. 2012 by Gloria
This is the first Edith Wharton novel that I've read, and it has certainly roped me in. I've purchased a few more of her books and looking forward to reading them. Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2011 by Sylvia Wurtzel