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Product Details

  • 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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #959,844 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This beautifully written memoir is careful to show the love of this thirty-three year relationship and not just the angst of watching someone die. Hallman has done a wonderful job of interspersing memories of trips (painted wonderfully with description) so the reader can get to know these two main 'characters' even though we are well aware of the outcome from the onset. The testament to the longevity and love of this gay couple goes a long way to show that 'marriage' does not know gender. My partner and I (only together 11 years - a third of David & Bill) have traveled extensively as well and I enjoyed the portions as I reminisced about my own life as Hallman displayed their shared moments together before those final days in August. I cannot imagine planning out my spouse's service as he did while tending to and caring for Bill with an unconditional love that allowed his soul-mate such dignity in death. Sharing these private moments with others may just aid in the relief that someone reading this book could need; displaying once again how giving this author truly is.
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Toronto-based writer David G. Hallman's beautifully rendered memoir, August Farewell, appropriately subtitled, "The Last Sixteen Days of a Thirty-three Year Romance", deserves honorable mention in the pantheon of memoirists whose writing documents the heart-rending loss of a beloved spouse. Reminiscent of Paul Monette's poetic musings in Love Alone: Eighteen Elegies for Rog, and more recently, Joyce Carol Oates' A Widow's Story, Hallman's memoir captures in deceptively elegant prose the days following his long-term partner William Conklin's diagnosis of pancreatic cancer and his death a mere sixteen days later on August 23, 2009.

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.
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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 had deliberately decided to read the novel first, hoping for a happier ending than the title of "August Farewell" suggests. Oh well, little did I know that the novel was greatly inspired by the real life of David and Bill, starting and ending almost the same way.

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.
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Bill is smiling... A well written love story about a life cut short with pancreatic cancer. Thanks to his devoted partner (the author), Bill's footprints on earth will forever be visible. Although a death occurs, it's really about two lives well lived. David Hallman generously allows the reader to take a trip around the world with him. The Journey is oozing with music, art, and life appreciation. By the time you finish reading, you will know Bill Conklin and David Hallman personally. If you loved "Philadelphia" you won't be able to put this one down. If you've ever loved or lost someone, you must take this journey with Bill and David. I gave this book 5 out of 5 stars.

Kathleen Hagburg
co-author of Getting Into The Zone
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