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The Summer of Katya

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,111 Ratings  ·  122 Reviews
In the quiet Basque countryside in 1914, Jean-Marc Montjean, a handsome young doctor, is bewitched by the seductive, beautiful Katya. He is driven to know everything about her. He is devastated by the unspeakable secret horror buried in her past.

"A most exquisite, elegant, ingenious thriller." -- The New York Daily News

"A tour de force . . . A story that explores meticulou
Kindle Edition, 294 pages
Published (first published 1983)
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Feb 28, 2009 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As formative as Shibumi (and Trevanian) have been for me, I realized just a few days ago that I hadn't read another Trevanian novel and set about changing that. Out of sheer randomness, I chose The Summer of Katya -- and was not disappointed at all.

Having been away from Trevanian's writing for so long, it was brisk and rewarding to find again his incisive, edgy, but always well-crafted writing. I had trouble putting the book down, and the equivalent of 288 pages on my Kindle melted away in less
Dec 09, 2009 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
A wonderfully written book. Trevanian’s narration of the story as it unfolds leaves the reader in suspense and anxious to find out what the Treville’s secret is about. His vocabulary and use of words is outstanding. The writing and point of view of the characters is like no other books that I have ever read. Very well written indeed.

Jean-Marc Monjean, a recently medical school graduate takes a position as a doctor’s assistant in a small French Basque village of Sallies. The time is in the summe
Bruno Santrovitsch
Surely the best book from Trevanian, impactating on my mind to this day and I'm probably not alone.
Feb 10, 2013 Stella rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, fiction
A friend introduced me to this writer, I must admit I have never heard of him before and I think I will read more of his books.

This was a quick and exciting read.
I started of thinking it will be yet another story of a cruel, possessive brother and a sister who can't get away because she is torn between her love for her brother and the burning desire for her lover and somehow she can't have both (a cliche by now I am sure) but because I did not know what to expect at all, I was pleasantly surpris
Jul 29, 2016 Cem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sonu çok acıklı olduğundan bir kere daha okumak istemiyorum.
Aug 20, 2014 Ezgi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Kitabı bitireli ne kadar süre geçerse geçsin etkisinden asla kurtulamayacağımı ve inatla etrafımdaki insanlara tavsiye etmeyi sürdüreceğimi düşünüyorum. Yazarın diğer kitaplarından “İnfazcı” ve “Şibumi”yi de okudum, çok beğendim, fakat bu kitabın yeri bende artık apayrı olacak.

Genç, okulunu yeni bitirmiş olan bir doktor ile bulundukları ortama ve yıla (1914) tamamen aykırı davranışlar sergileyen, kendi başına buyruk bir kızın, Katya’nın hikayesi konu edilmiş. Kitap içerisinde
Aug 01, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoy my site. Blogger Kristin Espinasse mentioned The Summer of Katya as a good read, I trust her judgement so I ordered it through my library's interlibrary loan program. The book came in today, I picked it up late afternoon and read it in one setting. Difficult to put down, the novel was chillingly haunting - psychological thriller comes to mind, with the rather unanticipated nightmare of an ending. The glimpse into the Basque culture during a festiv ...more
İbn Zerhani
Okuması oldukça keyifli bir kitap. Merak duygusunu yazar başarılı kullanmış, sayfalar ilerledikçe kitap daha da içine çekiyor. Basit olsa dahi kitaplar, nitelikli olabilir diyorum hep. Kolay okunuyor olması niteliksiz olmasına mazeret değil; Katya'nın Yazı bunu doğruluyor.

En çok hoşuma giden yaratılan karakterlerdi. Katya, Montjean, yaşlı doktor, Paul, Katya'nın babası... Hepsinin ilgi çekici ve başarılı karakterler olduğunu düşünüyorum. Trevanian diyalogları da çok başarılı yazmış. Yazmanın en
I can't and will never forget this book.
Aletha Tavares
Aug 25, 2008 Aletha Tavares rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aletha by: Rekha Abel
Shelves: novel
The imagery of words are so powerful- that the visual before you stands out so clear. Trevanian is a master of words- woven so well that the reader finds this book difficult to put down.
Jennifer Bradford
This book is a work of art. There is a shockingly large amount of wisdom about life and relationships that I found worth highlighting. Buy a copy, a highlighter, and a pen.
Apr 07, 2008 Gerard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Not typical Trevanian action/ adventure.
But brilliant writing. Beautiful evocation of the Basque people and country- supplementing Shibumi in this respect.
Mar 02, 2010 Mark rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book attracted me because of how precisely Trevaynian handles the relationship between Katya and her foolish young lover Jean-Marc. He is all emotion and hope, living for his first love, and she is vivacious but essentially cold; an unattainable joy. Much like Great Expectations, the theme might be that you start with an expectation that love conquers all, but end up learning that such romantics get flattened by the steamroller of feminine calculation.

As for plot, Jean-Marc bounces back an
Jan 09, 2016 Gulay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-library
Sanki bir senaryo okuyormuş, bir film izliyormuş gibi okunan bir kitap. Kurgudan çok diyaloglar çok etkileyici ve üzerinde düşündürücü. 'Ben gerçeği hep , yığınlar halinde bugün olmayı bekleyen yarınlardan oluşmuş diye görürüm.'
Apr 22, 2016 Neslihan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, mystery, psychology
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Karen Gail Brown
It is the summer of 1914 on the eve of the Great War. Jean-Marc Montjean is a recent medical school graduate. He takes a job for the summer in the French Basque Village of Salies working for the aging Dr. Gros.
Jean-Marc spends his working hours primarily doing lab work for Dr. Gros, whose medical practice centers around aging ladies who come to him for "women's problems".

As Jean-Marc lays daydreaming under a tree one summer day, he is approached by a young woman who has been sent to him by Dr. G
Sep 15, 2010 wally rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: trevanian
read this one in 2010 when i discovered trevanian on the recommendation of another. summer 1914, guy graduated from med school arrives in a french village, salies. meets a girl. things happen. girl has a history. a brother, a father. story w/one of those twists.

i've heard raves about shibumi, by trevanian. this story was okay. i enjoyed the man, by trevanian more, that one of the crazy ladies of pearl street.

love story. psychological thriller. twists and turns. worth a read.
Heather Putman
Sep 26, 2015 Heather Putman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delicious prose and engrossing characters, with a startling payoff for the reader who pushes through the seemingly dull first 100 pages. At once both literature and modern thriller. A thorough and well-deserved Five Stars.
Jeremy Wood
Feb 10, 2010 Jeremy Wood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it was really hard to put down...very engaging. the story is told in a really user friendly voice and carries the reader along really well. the first few pages are alittle rough, but youre rewarded with the witticisms in the characters' conversations and the depth of the story.
Sep 09, 2014 İlkim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Bu kitabın finali nasıl bir şeydir öyle ya... Sonunda dumur olduğum nadir kitaplardan biridir, kesinlikle çok iyi bir kurgu.

Orijinali Kitap Esintisi adresinde.

Sonia Gomes
Apr 15, 2009 Sonia Gomes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
A simple story of a family in the Basque region, a young doctor who treats Katya and falls madly in love with her, the sadness that erupts and leaves you feeling limp. The utter helplessness that you feel at the twisted ending. This is an unforgettable book.
Richard Hamilton
There was something magical about this book -- the phrasing, sentence composition, word choice -- I dont know, it just read different than any book I had read up to that point. I thoroughly enjoyed it and expect anyone would.
I read this book on my friend's suggestion (thanks, Heather!) and I have to admit, I love suspense novels but I probably wouldn't have picked this one up on my own. It's an older novel and it takes place right before World War I breaks out, so it's written in more formal prose which I don't always care for. But it works here, and it's a surprisingly fast read. I think I finished this within a day or two of starting it. The story itself is a slow burn, and as we follow the main character's obsess ...more
EJ Johnson
Feb 24, 2008 EJ Johnson rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like variety in their reading
This was the first Trevanian I read. If you read it don't read the ending first.
Mar 08, 2013 Helin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okuduğumda 12 yaşındaydım ama sonunda nasıl şaşırdığımı hala hatırlıyorum.
Feb 27, 2011 Selen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
One of my all time favourites. Trevanian at his best
Aug 19, 2016 Begum rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"çünkü hayatımın o döneminde, herşeyi yapabileceğimi sanmaktaydım. henüz hiçbir şeye teşebbüs etmediğim için, kendi yetersizliklerimden haberim yoktu. bir şeye cesaret etmemiş olduğum için de, cesaretimin sınırlarını bilmiyordum."
"aşk acaba duyarlı tiplerin içlerindeki şehveti yönetmek için kullandıkları bir hayal değil mi?"
"basit sosyal olaylardan böyle utanç vesileleri çıkarmak, kararsızlığa uğramak için insanın hem çok genç, hem de belli bir huyda olması gerekiyor. ben de tam o yaşta ve huyda
Georgiana 1792
Molti di coloro che hanno descritto quell'estate dicono di aver avvertito qualcosa di infausto e di letale in quella stagione così meravigliosa, come l'ultimo guizzo di una candela che sta per consumarsi, lo scoppio ellenistico dell'esuberanza disperata che precede la morte di una civiltà, l'ultimo momento di risata e di gioia quasi isterica di migliaia di giovani che sarebbero morti nelle trincee.

È l’agosto del 1938. Jean Marc Montjean comincia a narrare la storia che ha condizionato tutta la s
Aug 21, 2013 S. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Trevanian channels John Fowles, specifically the 1965 The Magus. like Gwen Stefani channeling Kelis, this work is a thematic / tonal repetition of a better prior work. the 'mad girl' ; the 'aged wise father figure'; the interplay between modern culture and ancient myth.... well, I don't want to get into spoiler territory so I'll just say, read The Magus. better, more complicated, and written some two decades earlier...

however, I still have the book ranked at a (low) 4. even the imitation of true
May 12, 2015 Stephen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can appreciate the readability of this tome, and at certain points I did find myself actually intrigued. But in the final analysis this book was extremely hackneyed and embarrassing. The hopelessly convoluted ending suggested a drawing room drama satire as performed by the ensemble of The Carol Burnett Show. And not because it was funny - but because it was idiotic. I am stunned by all the 5-star reviews. Jesus Christ!
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"Trevanian" was the pen name of American author Dr. Rodney William Whitaker (12 June 1931-14 Dec 2005). He wrote in a wide variety of genres, achieved best-seller status, and published under several names, of which the best known was Trevanian. From 1972 to 1983, five of his novels sold more than a million copies each. He was described as "the only writer of airport paperbacks to be compared to Zo ...more
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