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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,301 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Edith Wharton Narrator: Lorna Raver Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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One of America’s first novels to deal frankly with a young woman’s sexual awakening, Summer shocked readers with its forthright exploration of desire and sexuality when it was first published in 1917. Set in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, it tells the story of Charity Royall, a young New England woman of humble origins who meets and falls in love with the worldly Lucius Harney, an architect from the city. In evocative and descriptive prose, Edith Wharton conveys the ecstasy of Charity’s first experience in sexual and romantic love and pulls her heroine through the throes of loving a man who ultimately cannot choose her.

Wharton’s tale elicits the passion and despair of all great but ill-fated love affairs and enthralls the contemporary audience with its pathos just as it did nearly one hundred years ago.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Shannon | 2/19/2014

    " This was an alright book. By the end I wasn't really sure how I felt about it. I wasn't really sad, but I wasn't filled with warm fuzzies either. It's a nice light read if nothing else. It will only take a day or less to read. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by KK | 2/10/2014

    " I recognize this as a social comment on women's place in turn of the century USA, and how issues of sexual desires and behavior were "not to be discussed," however, I didn't find it to be the forceful masterpiece I had been led to believe it to be. I was disappointed in its brevity which was not, unlike Ethan Frome, did not render Wharton's message as a piercing social commentary. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Wendy | 2/10/2014

    " I hated, hated, hated this book!!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Alicia Delp | 2/3/2014

    " a great companion piece to Ethan Frome. Impulsive and sensual compared to the cold deliberate EF. Really enjoyed it. It's usually referred to as a very sexual book, but not explicit at all. "

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