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A Song For Summer Paperback – 4 Sep 1997
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'Song For Summer is perfect for romantic teenagers as well as those of us who have a taste for sweetness without mawkishness' --Daily Express
`The story is entertainingly told, and peopled with colourful, eccentric characters.'
--Daily Echo --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A SONG FOR SUMMER is a witty, enchanting and hugely satisfying love story by a master storyteller. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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The one teacher who refuses to bathe in the nude, she is soon leading a quiet revolution among the pupils, who long for modesty and regularity. She also attracts Marek, the mysterious groundsman wqho turns out to be a composer bent on helping Jews out of Nazi Germany.
WHat makes Ibbotson outstanding is her belief in goodness, and particularly the power of goodness to triumph over meanness and evil. The closest to this kind of fiction is ELizabeth Goudge's. A tonic for the weary or despondent, it adds zest to life.
Its basically about (without giving the plot away i hope) a girl called Ellen, who was raised to be an interlectual, but all she wanted to do was cook. So she was took up a job at Hallendorf school, which is a magical, and mysterious place. When Ellen took up the job she didn't know how unusual the school would be, nor what dangers she would have to go through to help the people she comes to love. It trully is a magical tale, that sends you through a mix of emotions. This book made me both cry and smile...and I would recomend it to anyone!
It involves history, romance and music so beautifully put together, the descriptions of the surroundings were magical, you actually felt like you were there.
I would recommend this book to young adults but some adults might also enjoy it as well, it is fantastic!
for the beautiful austrian countryside to work at Hallendorf school for drama and dance. Ellen is swept up with the wild children, a tortoise on wheels and a mysterious gardener called Marek. But outside Hitler and the third reich are taking over europe...
I liked this book, It spanned over quite a long period of time, making it put down-able. It had Eva Ibbotson trademark description. I was taken with the 'wild children', and definately the tortoise on wheels. Classic.
And it didn't disappoint - the characters are endearing and easy to like, and I thought the scenes with the schoolchildren/teachers were really well written. This story dosen't have a typical girl meets boy, gets together with boy storyline - I don't want to reveal too much here, but there was a happy ending!
Not as engaging as 'Countess' or 'Morning gift' but definately worth it. Can't wait for the next one!
But I did find the book's ideology just a bit *too* conservative for my taste. Cooking is great - but did Ellen have to be quite so passive and self effacing? Marek was in some ways a still more shadowy character - too much of an ideal sketch for my taste. And, maybe because I'm in my 40s, I didn't like the rather sneering depictions of older women throwing themselves hopelessly (hopelessly in the long term at any rate) at Marek. Yes, the story is moving, and in quite a delicate, subtle way, but personally I prefer sprightlier, more assertive heroines.
It's certainly a well written book - though perhaps not entirely well constructed. The writing and tone reminded me of earlier writers such as Dorothy Whipple - Ibbotson has a rather similar tough, clear eyed, moral, satirical yet humane approach to life.
The book is marketed at young girls but in some ways they don't seem to be the ideal target audience. It's a fairly light and easy read, yet it has a very wide and sophisticated frame of reference - history, music, social trends. I think this book might appeal most to older women (like me) who enjoy Persephone Press reprints. Despite my reservations, I enjoyed 'A Song for Summer' and think I'll give 'The Secret Countess' a go because it sounds a bit more jolly!