- Paperback: 180 pages
- Publisher: iUniverse (January 21, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1450286364
- ISBN-13: 978-1450286367
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,801,400 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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August Farewell: The Last Sixteen Days of a Thirty-Three-Year Romance Paperback – January 21, 2011
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Presented in seventeen chapters, Hallman's portrait of a loving relationship built on respect, patience, judicious compromise, and `hard-kick-under-the-table lessons' (of the kind anyone who has navigated a long-term relationship will instantly recognize) engages the reader from page one. Lovers whose passions included deeply shared spiritual beliefs, as well as social activism--both were at the forefront of the international boycott of Nestlé in the late 70s and early 80s--and an abiding love of music and travel, it isn't surprising that the two men should be closely in tune throughout the slowing-down process of Mr. Conklin's final days.
One of the most moving vignettes, captured in Chapter Eight, presents the two men in a shared devotional; as Mr. Hallman accompanies his lover on the piano through the hymn, "Breathe on Me, Breath of God," Mr. Conklin, a music teacher whose tenor voice once soared, summons from dwindling reserves the wherewithal to complete the two-line hymn.Read more ›
It may be novel for many readers to be exposed to the life of two gay men. But Hallman's description of his panic over coming across as a nerd on the first date, the revelation of their "love at first sight," and how a jealous friend failed to railroad their relationship are situations not unlike any heterosexual relationship.
When they first met, Hallman describes his friend as "energetic" and "athletic," having an animal magnetism that was compelling. While he called him "Mr. Perfect," he lets the reader discover any faults--whether he displayed a "mischievous spirit" or simply was too much of a practical joker, whether his independence was a positive trait or whether his strong-willed nature lacked a bit of finesse. The reader gains glimpses into Conklin's personality each chapter as Hallman escapes the pain of witnessing his friend's diminishing capacity.
Says the author, "...I learned long ago not to interrupt Bill when in full flight, correct him in public or kick him under the table. Such gestures were always counterproductive with him, to my usual embarrassment."
Of course, Hallman does not claim to be without weaknesses not the worst of which was falling asleep while entertaining dinner guests. He also may be the one to acquiesce when challenged by his partner.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very sad and predictable end of life story but very sad
and emotional as expected. But I did enjoy it.
Yesterday I reviewed David G. Hallman's first novel, Searching for Gilead. Knowing that "August Farewell" was about the last couple of weeks in the life of his partner, I... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Hans Hirschi
August Farewell challenges the reader to remain within the sense of peace and beauty which persistently is such a major contribution of this testimony. Read morePublished on June 28, 2013 by enrique brieba
this memoir is so well crafted and written that it reads like an excellent novel. I was absorbed from the beginning right to the end. Yes, I cried.Published on May 12, 2013 by Winslow
August Farewell: The Last Sixteen Days of a Thirty-Three-Year Romance
August Farewell is inarguably the most touching book I have read thus far in my life. David G. Read more
I feel almost that I can't articulate how deeply moved I was by August Farewell. I cannot imagine watching the final days of a loved one, let alone a partner of thirty-three years. Read morePublished on August 25, 2012 by Jenn Booksessed
I finished reading David Hallman's beautiful memoir of the life of his partner and realized I had been in the presence of true love. Read morePublished on August 24, 2012 by Drake Braxton
Beautifully written, extremely moving - August Farewell is the long and colorful journey shared by two people in love and the ultimate passage we all have to face. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by Arthur Wooten
August Farewell is a sad, uplifting, poignant mix of love story and tragedy. The flashback glimpses into the author's life with his beloved Bill bring the depth of their... Read morePublished on May 19, 2012 by Julie Frayn