Free read Summer AUTHOR Edith WhartonT sure if Windsor the town on which the fictional town of North Dormer was based had a library or if it did if it was also banned there but Pittsfield was the town that inspired the fictional town of Nettleton Lenox apparently banned it because the author lived there and they didn t want the ublic to associate the town with her And so she moved to France This was lovely the writing is beautiful the story has a "natural easy flow and I grew to understand each character a "easy flow and I grew to understand each character a as the story rogressed A wonderful introduction for me to Edith Wharton s writing Many thanks to my goodreads friend Candi whose review rompted me to add this one Since today is the last day of Summer it seemed an appropriate one to choose to say goodbye to the warmer days of summerCandi s review Refreshingly different take on the classic summer love story Charity makes all the choices that Lily Bart didn t make in The House of Mirth She goes for the lover the child AND the secure marriage that society forces upon any young regnant woman without any family connections Doubtless her happily ever after in North Dormer will contain a lot of drudgery but she will have a summer night s dream a child and the knowledge that she MADE HER OWN DECISIONS to keep her going Was it Lily s need for luxury and admiration that made her lose all while Charity completely alone found strength and will Lauras Summer Ballet (Laura, power to grab what life offeredEdith Wharton knows her trade She is a master of the femalesyche and the complications of female sexuality that leave young women vulnerable in ways young men could never be Imagine Charity s visit to the abortion doctor without any intention of asking for her services just to get the confirmation that she really was regnant as there was no other way for her to find out And imagine her going back again after having been cheated and blackmailed to ick up her brooch left as Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl payment and the only symbol left of her summer love except for her baby Imagine theower of Film on the Left pregnancy to make women grow strong where they thought there was only weakness and failureLovely story The longing to escape to get away from familiar faces fromlaces where she was known had always been strong in her in moments of distress She had a childish belief in the miraculous Public Policy Making power of strange scenes and new faces to transform her life and wipe out bitter memoriesAh summertime What better time of year to dream of escape new love and bright futures Well certainly Edith Wharton may reveal such dreams to you but any reader familiar with this author knows that she will depict the bitter reality for you as well I was not misled into thinking this would be a feel good diversion during a family road trip I have read Wharton and knew what to expect exceptional writing and an ending that would leave me reflecting about the fate of at least one or two characters for the next several weeks I finished this book entirely satisfied and once again enad with one of my favorite authorsCharity Royall I love the name. Shattered the standards of conventional love stories with this novel's candor and realism The Pulitzer Prize winning author declared Summer aersonal favorite among her works and liked to refer to it as the Hot Ethan Over a century later it remains fresh and relevan. .
E afternoon The springlike transparent sky shed a rain "Of Silver Sunshine On The "silver sunshine on the of the village and on the astures and larchwoods surrounding it A little wind moved among the round white clouds on "The Shoulders Of The Hills Driving Their Shadows Across The "shoulders of the hills driving their shadows across the and down the grassy road that takes the name of street when it Gentlemen Prefer Curves (Perfect Fit, passed through North Dormer Thelace lies high and in the open and lacks the lavish shade of the Who Killed Blanche DuBois? protected New England villages The clump of weeping willows about the duckond and the Norway spruces in front of the Hatchard gate case almost the only roadside shadow between lawyer Royall s house and the Utopia point where at the other end of the village the road rises above the church and skirts the black hemlock wall enclosing the cemetery The little June wind frisking down the street shook the doleful fringes of Hatchard spruces caught the straw hat of a young man justassing under them and spun it clean across the road into the duck O Jogo do Acaso pond Charity isn t the most disciplined librarian that the Hatchard Memorial Library has ever had where she works the hours from three to five on Tuesdays and Thursdays but two hours drags on when the library rarely hasatrons visiting and so one day she decides to close earlier than usual her usual that is and she closes up at four o clock and walks along a trail The Wedding Day passing by the crumbling wall up the hill to where there is a cluster of larches laying down to smell the thyme She was blind and insensible to many things and dimly knew it but to all that was light and airerfume and colour every drop of blood in her responded Charity came to live with lawyer Royall as a young child a child brought down from the mountains above where they lived and while her life is easier than the life she would likely have known had lawyer Royall and his wife not raised her But that was then and his wife has Firefight (The Reckoners, passed on Lucius Harney a young architect enters theicture and shortly thereafter comes to stay at the Royall home as a guest of lawyer Royall While Charity s initial introduction to him doesn t go well sparks fly first in indignation and soon thereafter she becomes intrigued which begets a desire a yearning for Harney tied the horse to a tree stump and they unpacked their basket under an aged walnut with a riven trunk out of which bumblebees darted The sun had grown hot and behind them was the noonday murmur of the forest Summer insects danced on the air and a flock of white butterflies fanned the moble tips of the crimson fireweed In the valley below not a house was visible it seemed as if Charity Royall and young Harney were the only living beings in the great hollow of earth and sky One hundred and one years ago in 1917 when Edith Wharton s Summer was first ublished it was banned in the Berkshires It was considered such a scandalous novel that despite the fact that Edith Wharton had been a trustee of the Lenox library they banned it from their library as did the library in Pittsfield Massachusetts I m no. Ssion overcome the effects of heredity and environmentWith its frank treatment of a woman's sexual awakening Summer created a sensation upon its 1917 ublication Edith Wharton the author of Ethan Frome and a eerless observer and chronicler of society completely. Four reasons explain why this novella clicked for me It is not about glitzy high societyIt draws the life of ordinary eople and it draws their lives realisticallyIt illustrates that real life consists most often of choosing between mediocre alternatives Rarely are we given that chance in a million but at the same time a less optimistic choice need not be without hope or ossibilityIt encourages readers to focus on the good that in fact does exist in what appears at first glance only limited unpromising choices It is up to us to make the "Best Of The Choices "of the choices us The message is not ounded in it is delivered with subtletyThere that is the essential what I think the book conveys and why I think the book is worth reading Of course your view may differ from mineThe setting is the turn of the 20th century a rural community near New Hampshire We are told that the central character Charity Royall had been taken down from the mountain Much of the story lies in discovering what exactly this means and subseuently its conseuences It is a novella about a summer dalliance where this leads and how it
CHANGES THOSE INVOLVED CHARITY MATURES READERSthose involved Charity matures Readers of the characters change as one comes to understand them fully The book is a character study and about social restraints How can I best describe Wharton s writing style Behind every action lies a balanced nuanced understanding of human behavior Actions are not melodramatic they are instead uiet and sure Each action is depicted recisely exactly with clarity Each word is there for a Fifty Key British Films purpose All of this creates aarticular feel to the Twentieth-Century Music and Politics proseThe audiobook is very well narrated by Lyssa Browne It is so very good that you scarcely evenay attention to the fact that it Is being read I have given the narration four starsSummer 4 starsXingu 3 starsEthan Frome 1 starThe Age of Innocence 1 star Written in Wharton s inimitable style the Gender Inequality in Our Changing World prose in this novella is of course beautiful Every word andhrase lends itself to defining summer in a small country town It makes for beautiful readingCharity is not a likeable character but I still felt sorry for her It was apparent from the outset that life would Can Government Think? probably not go well for her especially in one of Edith Wharton s novels which are not famous for happy endings The ending wasretty inevitable although it could have been worseFor a classic written exactly one hundred years ago this one is an enjoyable easy read Sweet sleepy warmth of summer nightsGazing at the distant lightsIn the starry sky And when the rainBeats against my windowpaneI ll think of summer days againAnd dream of you A Summer SongChad Jeremy Songwriters Clive Metcalf David Stuart Keith Noble When I think of Summer I think of it as one of Wharton s most heart wrenching novels about the very real agonies and results of young Fostering Change in Institutions, Environments, and People passion Elizabeth Strout Charity Royall has just stepped outside of the home of her benefactor where she also lives and stands on the doorstep as this begins It was the beginning of a Jun. A naive girl from a humble background meets an ambitious city boy and a torrid romance ensues Despite herride independence and honesty Charity Royall feels shadowed by her Regulating Medicines in Europe past especially in her ardent relationship with the educated and refined Lucius Harney Cana. ,