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Connulty, a stranger appears, surreptitiously taking photographs of the burial and the bereaved. Afterward, Florian Kilderry, who has come to town to take pictures of the burned down movie house, quietly slips away—unnoticed by all but Ellie Dillahan. That moment is the beginning of a relationship whose effects will ripple outward from the two young lovers into the lives of other citizens of Rathmoye. Over a career that has spanned fifty years, Trevor has built a reputation as one of the finest writers in the English language, an author whose acute sensitivity to the complexities of the human heart is matched only by the elegance and eloquence of his prose.
In Love and Summerthe memories of his characters drive the novel as much as their actions do. As she goes through the paces of caring for the family home, Miss Connulty is drawn into the memory of her brief affair with a married man and of the fateful event that severed her relationship with her mother. For both characters, memory captures and condenses heartache, and their separate pasts soon become entwined with the growing romance between Ellie and Florian. As summer in Rathmoye slowly passes, Ellie falls deeply in love with Florian, opening up a side of herself that she never knew existed.
An orphan from the convent before her arranged marriage to Dillahan, Ellie had always been grateful for what she was given, and never asked for much, but Florian totally alters her perspective, making everything without him seem shadowy and dull.
Florian, however, is conflicted. Love is woven throughout the novel: love given but not received, received but not given. A novel that begins with a death and ends with a departure, Love and Summer is the story not only of one season, but of the years and events that lead up to that summer—the loves, losses, tragedies, and struggles that converge within one town, ignited by one sudden love affair.
Having worked as a sculptor and a copywriter, Trevor published his first novel in Inin appreciation for his work, he was awarded the David Cohen Prize by the Arts Council of England, and in he was knighted for his contribution to literature. He lives in Devon, England. Start earning points for buying books! Share: Share on Facebook. Add to Cart.
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Would Ellie agree? Do you? Who is Orpen Wren? What role does he play in the novel?
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What are the different types of love in Love and Summer? Share your favorite passage from the novel and explain why you responded to it. There are a of complex, conflicted individuals in Rathmoye. Which character elicited the most sympathy from you? Was this a result of their actions or of the actions of others? What decision did she make, and do you believe it was the right one? Examine the last two s of the novel. What is being said here? What happens to the characters at the end of the book?
Who are the St. Why is their story ificant? How does it affect the events in the novel? At one point, Ellie tells Florian about a young nun who left the order because of her love for a man. Why is this story important?
How is the image of the nun rekindled at the end of the book? At one point in their lives, Miss Connulty and her brother were very close. What event created a rift between the two? Learn More About Love and Summer print.
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