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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 ›
How do you review a real life story? An account of facts? I gave "Searching for Gilead" four stars, so I'll give this five. Here's why. Where the novel didn't engage me emotionally until the final chapters, I was in tears before having ended the first chapter. The language is much less pretentious, the storytelling is more direct and matter-of-factly as befits this sort of story.
Now why would anyone read the story of the last few days in the life of a complete stranger? A painful couple hundred pages?
I did it to get a more rounded picture of David and his writing, to understand his driving force (and hoping he'll produce more), but more than that, the novel gives a very rare glimpse into the future of my own life, in fact, glimpses I've already seen (having already lost and buried four of our six parents - long story)
I'm really grateful to be twelve years Alex' senior.Read more ›
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Very sad and predictable end of life story but very sad
and emotional as expected. But I did enjoy it.
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