Our Review

A classic novel with an excellent title. The Irish voices and the atmosphere of Ireland in the 50's are clearly heard and felt throughout this novel. His writing style is beautiful and authentic. The author makes subtle comments that indicate that not all is well within the family. A few parts of his plot are slightly unbelievable but who truly cares about that. This is the sort of book that you can re-read in years to come. We rated this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Source:  Book Reading Group at The English Bookshop Lauriergracht 71

Summary

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 

 

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