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Summer of Katya Audio, Cassette – December 1, 1991


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Literate Ear (December 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565440129
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565440128
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,866,457 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A most exquisite, elegant, ingenious thriller.” —New York Daily News

“A tour de force . . . A story that explores meticulously some of the darker corners of the human soul.” —Washington Post


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In the quiet Basque countryside in 1914, Jean-Marc Montjean, a handsome young doctor, is bewitched by the seductive, beautiful Katya. He is driven to know everything about her. He is devastated by the unspeakable secret horror buried in her past.

"A most exquisite, elegant, ingenious thriller." -- The New York Daily News

"A tour de force . . . A story that explores meticulously some of the darker corners of the human soul." -- The Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Too many good books...He gets me every time, no matter what!
P. Ryansmith
And probably the most important facet of the experience is you sympathize with the main characters and desperately want to know how each one makes out in the end.
"powerj97"
The author has provided a well written and plotted story and presented it in an almost lyrical fashion.
Margaux Paschke

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By "powerj97" on October 13, 2000
Format: Audio Cassette
This is one of the few books that I can read steadily and finish within a short time. The writing is poetic, the dialogue witty, and the characters three-dimensional. The story flows with animation and grace. And probably the most important facet of the experience is you sympathize with the main characters and desperately want to know how each one makes out in the end.
At first a story of romance, which gradually introduces mystery, and in the end escalates into the unthinkable. The rare story that made me go WHAT? Did I just read that? The end was absolutely unpredictable but absolutely perfect! Beautiful psychological drama.
If anyone knows novels of this type, please recommend them to me at powerj97@hotmail.com. Thanks.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Margaux Paschke VINE VOICE on May 31, 2004
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I wasn't expecting what I got when I randomly picked up this book that proclaimed itself a psychological thriller. The characters contained therein were very memorable and provided haunting images. I'm not quite sure why I never heard of this book before but I'm just glad I stumbled across it. Although it isn't a very short book, it was a fast read because I just couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen next. The unanticipated ending was poignant. The author has provided a well written and plotted story and presented it in an almost lyrical fashion. This love story is set in the pre-WWI french countryside and certainly provides the taste and feel of that time and culture.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Linda Pagliuco VINE VOICE on May 3, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I came across The Summer of Katya by accident, and am happy to have discovered both the author and the novel. This is a witty, often amusing little story, with dialog that you can practically hear and a mystery that remains a tantalizing, just-out-of-reach secret until the end. Both of the male characters are vitally human - Katya, the love interest, is superficially charming but strangely wooden, the first clue that something is seriously wrong with this picture. The plot epitomizes the old adage that love is blind; although the reader is not sure what the problem is, you know there is one, a discovery that Jean-Marc stubbornly refuses to see until it is literally forced upon him. This book is a little known gem; a quick, enthralling reading experience.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By P. A. Doornbos on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is not a page turner, but a brilliant, slow-moving psychological thriller. Experts say the 19th century ended only in 1914 with the outbreak of WW I [and the 20th century in 1989 with the fall of the Berlin Wall]. The life of newly-graduated medical doctor Jean-Marc Montjean (25)(JMM) straddles both centuries. He wrote this account of the fateful events of the summer of Katya in 1914 which deeply marked him, only in 1938 when he returns to where it all happened. In 1914, as in 1938, the air is rife with rumors about war...
In 1914, JMM works in Salies in his Basque home area as a temporary understudy of the resident doctor Gros, who is awesomely ugly, but a great success with women of a certain age, who patronize this spa village, a delightful book character. JMM is totally bored until handsome Katya seeks his help when her twin brother Paul breaks his collar bone. The twins (26) live with their father, a historian specialized in medieval village life, in a rented, chilly, half-ruined summer house 2.5 km out of Salies. He bandages Paul and before returning to his lodgings in Salies, JMM realizes he is in love with Katya.

No reader/reviewer on any Amazon site has dared to disclose fully what will happen next. This reader follows suit. When love or passion grows between Katya and JMM, her twin brother Paul warns JMM repeatedly to stop meeting her, with ever more contrived stories of why his family fled from his beloved Paris to the foothills of the Pyrenees and a damp ruin...
Katya is either alert, daydreaming or demure. She is the most enigmatic character in the book. Her twin brother Paul is a truly decadent male, embodying all tenets of J.-K. Huysmans hero Des Essentes in his 1884 novel "Against Nature".
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 9, 1998
Format: Audio Cassette
The Summer of Katya is an exquisitely crafted literary masterpiece that in numerous ways is more poetry than prose. This is what writing as an art is all about!
Set in the summer of 1914, between, what the author Trevanian calls, "the age of grace and the era of efficiency," the young Basque doctor Jean-Marc Montjean falls in love with Katya Treville, a young Parisian woman. His brief and heartbreaking relationship in what he calls the "Summer of Katya" ultimately devastates him in life.
In this short story(about 280 pages), Trevanian has brilliantly encapsulated the unfathomable intensity of love and youth. Set in the Basque region of Southwestern France, the novel is a pristine example of the author's artistic and lyrical writing talent. It is a novel that is not only read but is "experienced." It leaves the reader with a profound sense of melancholy that only a writer of Trevanian's calibre and genius can deliver.
For those sick of the mainstream nauseating happily ever after love stories, "The Summer of Katya" is written for you...an expertly weaved tragic romance that is unforgettable! Trevanian has truly shown that there is poetry and beauty in sadness. You will shed a bucket of intellectual tears!!!!
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