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The Last of Summer

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It is 1939, the last summer before the outbreak of war. French actress Angele Maury abandons a group of friends travelling through Ireland and takes herself to picturesque Drumaninch, birthplace of her dead father. She has come to make sense of her past. Self-conscious with her pale, exotic beauty, Angele braves the idiosyncratic world of the Kernahans: her enigmatic aunt ...more
Paperback, 268 pages
Published April 11th 2006 by Little Brown and Co. (UK) (first published 1943)
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My reading is much like a pendulum swinging back and forth between genres, specific country settings, authors and especially particular eras. I tend to be pretty firmly settled in the interwar period, however, with brief forays here and there elsewhere. The pendulum is beginning to swing now to World War II after quite a while concentrating on the First World War. No doubt that's in part thanks to Kate O'Brien's quietly elegant The Last of Summer, set in Ireland in the days leading up to England ...more
Mar 15, 2012 Marija rated it liked it
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The best part of this book is the fact that Kate O’Brien allows the reader to feel sympathy towards these characters. Every character in this story is an emotional mess...every thought and feeling is an absolute. No one ever feels by halves. In some ways it’s tragic witnessing these characters deal with life and circumstance, especially when it’s immediately apparent that each character will be forced to go through some form of sacrifice, even the bitchy, overbearing matriarch Hannah.

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Apr 30, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it
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This quiet yet wonderful novel takes place in Ireland at the end of the summer of 1939. It centers around Angele Maury, a young French actress who takes a detour during a trip to visit her deceased father's side of the family at their estate in a small village. She becomes close to her cousins Tom, Martin, and Jo, but clashes with their mother, her aunt Hannah. Martin and Tom both fall in love with Angele, and her reciprocal feelings for one of them causes further conflict with Hannah.
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I found this old book very interesting. It doesn't have much of a plot but it's good on character portrayal.
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Kathleen Mary Louise "Kate" O'Brien, was an Irish novelist and playwright.

After the success of her play, Distinguished Villa in 1926, she took to full-time writing and was awarded the 1931 James Tait Black Prize for her novel Without My Cloak. She is best known for her 1934 novel The Ante-Room, her 1941 novel The Land of Spices and the 1946 novel That Lady. Many of her books dealt with issues of
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