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A Naive Girl From A Humble Background Meets An Ambitious City Boy, And A Torrid Romance Ensues Despite Her Pride, Independence, And Honesty, Charity Royall Feels Shadowed By Her Past Especially In Her Ardent Relationship With The Educated And Refined Lucius Harney Can Passion Overcome The Effects Of Heredity And Environment With Its Frank Treatment Of A Woman S Sexual Awakening, Summer Created A Sensation Upon ItsPublication Edith Wharton The Author Of Ethan Frome And A Peerless Observer And Chronicler Of Society Completely Shattered The Standards Of Conventional Love Stories With This Novel S Candor And Realism The Pulitzer Prize Winning Author Declared Summer A Personal Favorite Among Her Works, And Liked To Refer To It As The Hot Ethan Over A Century Later, It Remains Fresh And Relevant 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 youA Summer Song,Chad 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 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 beginsIt was the beginning of a June afternoon The springlike transparent sky shed a rain of silver sunshine on the roofs of the village, and on the pastures and larchwoods surrounding it A little wind moved among the round white clouds on the shoulders of the hills, driving their shadows across the fields and down the grassy road that takes the name of street when it passed through North Dormer The place lies high and in the open, and lacks the lavish shade of theprotected New England villages The clump of weeping willows about the duck pond, and the Norway spruces in front of the Hatchard gate, case almost the only roadside shadow between lawyer Royall s house and the 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 just passing under them, and spun it clean across the road into the duck 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 has patrons 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, passing by the crumbling wall up the hill to where there is a cluster of larches, laying down to smell the thymeShe 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 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 passed on Lucius Harney, a young architect, enters the picture, 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 skyOne hundred and one years ago, in 1917, when Edith Wharton sSummer was first published, 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 not 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 public 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 bitas the story progressed A wonderful introduction, for me, to Edith Wharton s writing Many thanks to my goodreads friend Candi whose review prompted 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 summer Candi s review this book is touted as edith wharton s most erotic book the introduction blabs on and on about its eroticism, and how scandalous it is so i have devised a little drinking game i invite you i entreat you to prepare a shot glass with your favorite scotch or whiskey, and do a shot every time you start feeling a little hot from all the sexy good times i pretty much guarantee that shot glass will be untouched by the end of your readings this book is not erotic, even in the broadest, most mormonic sense i think there is a kiss or two, which for wharton is hot, but it s a stretch to call it erotic this is a book where people get preggers by proximity two people of opposite genders are seated beside each other, and suddenly the lady is up the pole this might be the first appearance of the sexy librarian stereotype, but erotic far from it, ms white glovescome to my blog IN FULL CIRCLE This is a tale that comes to life during a Summer, and the descriptions of the airy landscape under the sun are amongst the most enrapturing aspects of this novel.And then there is a story of conflict First and foremost, of the heroine, Charity Royall, who is not a heroine at all She is in conflict with her past, with her present, and, she suspects, with her future She rebels against those who, charitably, have offered her a refuge and a life, granting her her name as a promising and foreboding start The story seems to follow a straight path, a well known path, but too many doubts, too many uncertainties, too many false impressions, too many unknowns, too many remote possibilities, make that path seemandlike a treacherous chimeras, and the only way left is to go back to the beginning And even if this could be taken as a lesson that one just has to accept things as they are and shun fantasies, I could not but feel that the main character ultimately fails And even if she had never known how to adapt herself, she could only break and tear and destroy the often analyzed but still unresolved plights of women with their limited choices remain depressingly unresolved.Love comes and goes Illusions come and go At the end only life remains. Written in Wharton s inimitable style the prose in this novella is of course beautiful Every word and phrase lends itself to defining summer in a small country town It makes for beautiful reading.Charity is not a likeable character but I still felt sorry for her It was apparent from the outset that life would probably not go well for her, especially in one of Edith Wharton s novels which are not famous for happy endings The ending was pretty inevitable although it could have been worse.For a classic written exactly one hundred years ago this one is an enjoyable, easy read. I am so in love with the writing of Edith Wharton It makes me feel foolish to have had such a writer in full view and passed her over for so many years in favor of lesser ones.Edith Wharton s Summer is a different kind of novel than the others of hers that I have read, but not one bit less rich and enthralling The main character, Charity Royall, is unsure of her place in society, raised in the home of one of the most prominent men in a small town but always made aware that she comes from the mountain The mountain is peopled with the poor and uneducated, who are so lowly placed as to have no status whatsoever in the society on whose fringe they live Charity bounces between a feeling of position and power and one of abject inferiority, her very name being a reflection of her lack of legitimate claim on the society in which she lives.Wharton brings all her elaborate writing skills to bear on this story, painting vivid pictures of the town, the natural surroundings and the people The love story at the heart of the tale is full of tension and societal taboos, just as those entanglements we see in The Age of Innocence and House of Mirth I became very involved in Charity s situation and anxious for her in the choices she was forced to make.The odd thing for me was that I kept thinking of Thomas Hardy and found this novel had an atmosphere and feeling that wasakin with him than with the Wharton works I know Perhaps this springs from the fact that Wharton sets this novel in a rural, small town area without any of the glitz, riches and style that are her usual trademarks Charity Royall isn t trying to climb the social ladder or gain entrance into a society she watches from outside, she is inside the society already trying to figure out exactly where she fits.If you have enjoyed other Wharton novels, you are almost sure to find this one a satisfying read It is short, but powerful, and I closed the book feeling as if the story had come full cycle and reached its inevitable conclusion. The summer version of This was another great read by Edith Wharton Although not as favored as Ethan Frome which it has been compared to, I loved it for the similarities of the complex characters and relationships This one was a sad sort of coming of age story butprofound than a simple summer romance, and far from formulaic Apparently this was written based on Edith Wharton s own love affair which made it eveninteresting and left me wanting to readabout her personal life Definitely recommended for fans of her books The writing is sophisticated and beautiful as typical of her style, yet easy reading for a classic As usual she leaves you wondering about the characters. The longing to escape, to get away from familiar faces, from places where she was known, had always been strong in her in moments of distress She had a childish belief in the miraculous power of strange scenes and new faces to transform her life and wipe out bitter memories Ah, 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 authors Charity Royall I love the name It reflects the duality of her background and upbringing, as well as the inner turmoil of the character herself At the age of five, Charity was rescued from the Mountain , a poverty stricken community in the hills that loom over the small New England town of North Dormer The people of the Mountain are likened to a band of outlaws living on the outskirts of society, and the people of thecivilized village fear and often disdain their very existence But Charity is constantly reminded that Lawyer Royall, a prominent citizen of North Dormer, is responsible for lifting her up to a higher standing and a better lifeShe knew that she had been christened Charity to commemorate Mr Royall s disinterestedness in bringing her down, and to keep alive in her a becoming sense of her dependence she knew that Mr Royall was her guardian, but that he had not legally adopted her, though everybody spoke of her as Charity Royall Mr Royall too is a complex man Why would a man of his station and intellect choose to remain in the lifeless town of North DormerNorth Dormer is at all times an empty place, and at three o clock on a June afternoon its few able bodied men are off in the fields or woods, and the women indoors, engaged in languid household drudgeryHe is developed with skill through Ms Wharton s pen as well He is a man I first despised, then pitied, and eventually regarded with a bit of grudging sympathy and acceptanceCome to my age, a man knows the things that matter and the things that don t that s about the only good turn life does us When a young man by the name of Lucius Harney suddenly appears in town, Charity is yanked from the monotony of town life into one with a glimmer of hope for that chance at love and escape We as readers watch her grow and bloom Anyone who has been in love can certainly relate to her now I dare say perhaps you will even find yourself liking her At the very least, you will empathize with herThe only reality was the wondrous unfolding of her new self, the reaching out to the light of all her contracted tendrils She had lived all her life among people whose sensibilities seemed to have withered for lack of use andwonderful, at first, than Harney s endearments were the words that were a part of them She had always thought of love as something confused and furtive, and he made it as bright and open as the summer airYet love is never simple, particularly in real life and no less so in a Wharton novel There are the complexities of Charity s background, the constant reminder of her origins This becomesintensely illuminated following a trip up the mountain with Harney The chasm she senses between them is highlighted by their differences in education and opportunity We keenly observe Charity s struggle to bridge the gap We wonder if she can successfully pull herself up from the drabness of North Dormer life, or whether she will molder like the dusty, untouched volumes on the shelves of the local library where she listlessly waits for a patron every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon.If you have not yet read Wharton, I highly recommend starting with one of her short stories or novellas such as this The settings are always beautifully described, and the themes are highly thought provoking The writing is very accessible and the exploration of social structures and the role of a woman can be applied even during ourmodern times The plight of a woman and herlimited choices have certainly improved but have not been eradicated, and therefore should not be overlooked even now. Four reasons explain why this novella clicked for me It is not about glitzy high society It draws the life of ordinary people and it draws their lives realistically It 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 possibility It 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 given us The message is not pounded in it is delivered with subtlety.There, 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 mine.The 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 subsequently its consequences It is a novella about a summer dalliance where this leads and how it changes those involved Charity matures Readers views of the characters change as one comes to understand themfully 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 quiet and sure Each action is depicted precisely, exactly, with clarity Each word is there for a purpose All of this creates a particular feel to the prose.The audiobook is very well narrated by Lyssa Browne It is so very good that you scarcely even pay attention to the fact that it Is being read I have given the narration four stars.Summer 4 starsXingu 3 starsEthan Frome 1 starThe Age of Innocence 1 star