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Summer Gone: A Novel Paperback – August 21, 2001
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“Remarkable.... The novel’s language...evokes the freshwater lakes and rivers that the characters navigate.”
--The New York Times Book Review
“A remarkable achievement full of wit, intelligence, and humane charm.”
“Spellbinding.... Macfarlane’s luminous prose is itself like summer: it shimmers.”
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David Macfarlane's Summer Gone introduces a writer of incandescent literary skill and beautifully evokes the sometimes painful relationship between father and son.
When Bay Newby is twelve he is sent north for the first time, and he falls in love with the life of ritual, beauty, and stark privilege of summer camp. Then the death of his baby sister calls him home, and it will be twenty-three years before his next "perfect summer." The summer he spends with his young son will contain loss also, but also discovery and redemption." Summer Gone is a novel of layered experience, of life, death and love as seen through the eyes of a young boy as he grows into a wiser-and more haunted-man.
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The main character of this story, Bay is sort of the narrator. I thought the writer would sometimes switch between Bay being the narrator and himself because it would get extremely confusing at points. There was nothing beautiful in this novel in my opinin as many comments here say. The characters are very dull and I never felt any sympathy for them because I did not feel that I knew much about any of the characters.
The story also switches from one character to the other and from the past to the present very abruptly so many times I was left wondering if it was still talking about the same character.
This book created massive confusion and anger within me. Many times I got so frustrated with the stupid little details that rambled on for 5 pages sometimes that I got frustrated and threw the book down.
But what really infuriated me was the end, it seems as if David Macfarlane realized how much he had been rambling and could ramble no more so he ended the book ever so abrutly in like one chapter. I had to read this chapter several times to actually understand what he was talking about.
This book turned me off reading for a month...it was just horrible. Sorry if I offended anyone.
I don't want to discourage anyone from reading the book. Just be aware of what you're in for.