Book Reviews of SUMMER (Twentieth Century Classic)

SUMMER (Twentieth Century Classic)
SUMMER - Twentieth Century Classic
Author: Wharton
ISBN-13: 9780020554400
ISBN-10: 0020554400
Publication Date: 7/1/1987
Pages: 256
Edition: 1st Collier Books ed
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Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
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From the back of the book: Considered Edith Wharton's richest novel, and one of the first to deal with a woman's sexual awakening, SUMMER is the story of Charity Royall and her first summer as a woman.
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I prefer this book over Ethan Frome. It has been compared to Kate Chopin's The Awakening. It really captures a woman's sexual awakening very entrancing novel. One of my favorite required reads for a women's lit class I took in college.
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My personal favorite book by Edith Wharton. The story of Charity Royall, a young woman from a small New England town. Her story takes place over the course of one summer, and her meeting with the young man who will change her life forever. Wharton captures perfectly Charity's inexperience; determination; beauty and longing.
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Nice and easy read. Classical and romantic/dramatic.
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Edith Wharton is one of my favorite early 20th century writers.
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"Beautifully sensuous, "Summer" is named for that never-to-be-repeated period when sexual love seems to be 'everything'...[when] there can be only one first romance - one beginning, one sexual initiation with its exhilarating illusion of unending ecstasy and unlimited opportunity...

"Summer" is a work of fiction that deals frankly with feminine sexuality as a powerful, shaping life-force [and creates] a complex and honest portrait of a girl's problems as she confronts maturity...
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I enjoyed this almost as much as Ethan Frome. It is similar in theme to Chopin's The Awakening.
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If you love Edith Wharton's writing this is a must read. Complex characters and an engaging plot with conflicts, this is not a formulaic novel and I enjoyed every minute of it.