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Summer (1917)

– tekijä: Edith Wharton

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One of the first novels to deal honestly with a woman's sexual awakening, "Summer" created a sensation upon its 1917 publication. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Ethan Frome" shattered the standards of conventional love stories with candor and realism. Nearly a century later, this tale remains fresh and relevant.… (lisätietoja)
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Another novel about the inexorable, traplike machinery of marriage, by the person who writes best about it. It's horrible to watch Wharton grind her heroines down, and yet one can't look away either. This novel is often compared with Ethan Frome, and understandably so, but it's not nearly as bleak, at least not until the end, and actually much of the setting feels as picturesque as a Currier and Ives lithograph. Charity, the protagonist, is not nearly as compelling as some of Wharton's other famous protagonists, but it's an excellent book and one I would read again. ( )
  gtross | Apr 2, 2021 |
Eighteen-year-old Charity Royall, the ward of the town lawyer, has grown up the quiet, dull little town of North Dormer. Only a recent trip to the town of Nettleton opened her eyes to just how small and insignificant her town, and her life, is, and that knowledge was pushed to the back of her mind after returning home. But the intrusion into her life of a young man named Lucius Harney is about to reawaken her longing for life beyond the small town.

One of the things that caught my attention in this book was Charity’s work as a librarian, and her lack of enthusiasm for it: “She liked well enough to have a friend drop in and talk to her when she was on duty, but she hated to be bothered about books. How could she remember where they were, when they were so seldom asked for… unexpected demands came so rarely that they exasperated her like an injustice.” Also, this particular passage seemed to capture Charity’s naivety at the beginning of the novel: “She was blind and insensible to many things, and dimly knew it; but to all that was light and air, perfume and colour, every drop of blood in her responded.” I was, and am still, not quite sure how to react to her character and its development throughout. She seems by turns to be spoiled and selfish, independent and searching, strong and willful, and weak and dependent. By the end of the novel she does not seem to have grown much beyond who she was in the beginning, despite the changes in her life.

One of my pet peeves about reading classic literature is that there is often an explanatory essay prefacing the original text, and these essays contain plot spoilers. This particular Signet Classic edition has an introductory essay by Candace Waid which contains discussion and analysis of many key plot points, which is all well and good after you’ve read the novel, but not to be read beforehand. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
A most daring novel for 1917, and more in line atmospherically with Ethan Fromm, that her sophisticated novels of society, Summer is about the sexual awakening of 17 year old Charity Royall who lives in a small New England town and takes care of the local library. Charity had been adopted from disreputable mountain people, but is bored and unhappy until the architect Lucius Harney comes to town. The romance that blossoms between these two is as lush and erotic as the summer countryside, but when summer is over, its consequences are disastrous. Vivid and poetic, this short novel is one of Wharton's best. ( )
  etxgardener | Nov 14, 2020 |
I read this for my June reading group, so there may be more comments after that. That I read it just after finishing Nancy Isenberg's White Trash was interesting. The novel is centered in the exact divide between the people of the town, with their manners and habits, and the people on the mountain, clear emblems of the lowest level of society. Charity Royall, saved from the mountain folk she was born into, grows up in the town, as a foster daughter to the Royalls. By the time she is of age, only Mr. Royall is left. When Charity falls in love with the polished nephew of the town doyen, predictable things ensue.

What interested me most was the tension between Mr. Royall and Charity, mostly the normal one between a parent and teenager, but also between a lonely man and a young woman; the suffocating attention of small town society; and the distinctions of class so well portrayed. Nothing surprised me, but the writing is lovely and full of details of nature and dress and feeling. I anticipated the ending, but not its tenderness. ( )
  ffortsa | Jul 19, 2020 |
Summer by Edith Wharton is a short novel set in rural New England that was originally published in 1917. This story was rather controversial in it’s time dealing as it does with some sensitive issues like sexual awakening and unmarried pregnancy. Like many of this authors books the themes revolve around social class, and the narrow margin people had to fit their lives into.

While on the surface this seems to be a story about a young woman seduced and led astray, Wharton made it very clear that this story had two main protagonists, Charity and Lawyer Royall. She sees her characters as trapped in a closed society and needing to work through their moral struggles to find inner peace and acceptance. While many are disappointed in the ending of this story, I felt it was obvious that Charity made the best decision that she could as her choices were extremely limited. Her final choice would hopefully lead to a peaceful and contented life.

While Summer didn’t touch me emotionally in the same way that her Ethan Frome did, the writing is wonderful, her descriptions are clear and very visual, and her characters are well defined. I can’t say that I particularly liked Charity or Lawyer Royall, but they felt complete and true to their time. Like all of Wharton’s books that I have read so far, there is a thread of sadness that runs though the narrative and helps to steer the story through both the internal and external conflicts. As always the author knows how to deliver her story and leave her reader with much to reflect upon. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Jun 23, 2020 |
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A girl came out of lawyer Royall’s house, at the end of the one street of North Dormer, and stood on the doorstep.
Edith Wharton was fifty-five years old when she wrote the novella "Summer" in 1917. (Introduction)
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One of the first novels to deal honestly with a woman's sexual awakening, "Summer" created a sensation upon its 1917 publication. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "Ethan Frome" shattered the standards of conventional love stories with candor and realism. Nearly a century later, this tale remains fresh and relevant.

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