It is a book to treasure. It is a love that spanned three decades. There was no need for hesitation here. It left me wishing I lived there. Joe and Lucy have just sold the camp to Harry, who has a surprising but perfect new owner in mind. I caught Justin's eye, and realized I had been staring right at someone else's paper.
It was like looking at a series of pictures and hearing a story about each one. The novel has a lovely timeless quality that remains constant even when dealing with the bedrock realities of family and place. He gave these quizzes to make sure you did the reading, but they would be really really easy. What gifts does Harry give to Jordan? Petty, I know, but was just irritating to have to re-read pages paying closer attention to names to make sure I had it right in my head. I found the transition from their reflections back to the present nearly seamless which I found intriguing just from a writing perspective.
I love the idea of moving somewhere to get away where no one knows anything about you, not even your name. Solid, yet somewhat predictable plot. This is an author who braids craft with art without sacrificing one for the other. Justin Cronin Biography: Nineteen hundred and sixty two New England saw the birth of Justin Cronin, an author who would, rather rapidly, rise to success, critical acclaim and award winning heights in American literary society. The novel is told from five points of view to gradually reveal past secrets as the story unfolds.
The relationships that are formed are what make this book worth reading, and the mystery behind what really happened between Joe, Lucy and Harry come together by the end of the book, culminating with a revelation that affects everyone, especially Kate. Cronin has incredible skill in creating believable, relatable people to fill his novels with, no matter how remarkable or how trite the events surrounding them are. Justin, if you're reading this, I swear I wasn't cheating. Jordan Patterson opens the book with his introduction of Harry Wainwright and his current wife, their baby daughter January, and his grown son Hal from his first marriage. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him.
This story ends with the big secret finally being shared with the reader and leaves the reader wanting for long, slow, lazy summer days in the country. Now comes this true novel, The Summer Guest. My heart spills over my words. I'd never wished so badly to be the dog he thought I was. Because the descriptions were so rich, the people and the place were vivid. During Vietnam, Joe fled to Canada, and Lucy, his high-school sweetheart, helped the ailing Joe Senior run the camp.
Now Cronin's new novel, The Summer Guest, fulfills that promiseand more. Most of Updike's melancholy characters, as opposed to Cronin's, worry they've stayed together too long. There was no need for hesitation here. This book is nothing like The Passage. A professor of Eng-lish at , Cronin crafted his first love story, the luminous, award-winning Mary and O'Neil 2001 , as a collection of linked short stories. Cronin writes such complex and beautifully layered stories. I was ready to chuck it all and find that spot in Maine and move there.
Literature, and a page-turner, a passionate drama. Since moving to Houston Cronin has been employed at Rice University as an English professor. She requested that he write a book about a girl that saves the world. Harry, of course, is the summer guest, a charismatic man his son describes as someone who likes drama. The highest honor that I can bestow on any novel is to say that I was sad to finish it. I honestly wasn't looking at anything.
It was eleven years before he produced another novel but when he did it was a huge hit in literary circles. Cronin unflinchingly describes Harry's battle with cancer. He comes bearing two things: his wish for a day of fishing in a place that has brought him solace for thirty years, and an astonishing bequest that will forever change the lives of those around him. Out on the lake Jordan considers this. Behind his eyes, twin chestnuts of the most tender soulfulness, lay encased in its suitcase of bone, a brain that knew nothing at all of time or sorrow or even the true joy that sorrow makes possible - only its own desire to please, an aching, needful love that could achieve its fullest contentment with the most meager offering: a stale biscuit, a walk around the block to do his business, a pat on his golden head. Most of the story is told looking back, and by 5 different characters.
This eloquent, spare and poignant book evokes a strong sense of place as Cronin introduces the reader to an interconnected group of residents and visitors at a summer camp in Maine. The writing is solid and the story flows well, but it made me think of Stewart O'Nan; and by comparison Cronin does not hold up. By all means take it to the beach, but be warned that it's more than entertainment - it's a work of art. Discuss the fishing camp as a character in itself—a character that provides both comfort and treachery to its visitors. Excludes: Africa, Asia, Central America and Caribbean, Europe, Middle East, North America, Southeast Asia, South America, Russian Federation, Australia, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna, Western Samoa. Because the descriptions were so rich, the people and the place were vivid. I tabled it for later.
But last and best, I fell in love with the people. Which storytelling point of view was most effective for you in The Summer Guest? However, the book never really rises above the superficial level in terms of the characters, emotions etc. The Summer Guest is quite a different experience than the former, and I'd describe it as a little sleepy. So I really liked the premise and first two books of The Passage and I was anxious to try something else by Cronin. Making of a Movie Series Cronin originally started the Passage series of books because of his daughter. And always center stage is the place itselfa magical, forgotten corner of New England where the longings of the human heart are mirrored in the wild beauty of the landscape.