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Summerland: A Novel

3.15 of 5 stars 3.15  ·  rating details  ·  66 ratings  ·  9 reviews
They were society's golden ones, endowed with the privileges of youth and wealth, bred to live in a world of limitless possibility, but none of this could save them from self-destruction.
Richard sits on the shores of Sydney Harbour, a hollowed out man remembering a lost paradise as he recounts the years he shared with his best friend, the charismatic heir Hugh Bowman. Glid
Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 3rd 2002 by Picador (first published January 1st 2001)
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This is one of the most incredible fiction novels I have read. The unreliable narrator brings so many questions to mind on how the wealthy live, and who you can trust, I just think it is an amazing read. Love it! Its a mix between The Good Soldier(the 1930's book, not the new movie) and the Great Gatsby, with a bit of the movie Closer mixed in!
"We all loved Hugh," the narrator says of his best friend, Hugh Bowman Jr., a handsome, engaging, wealthy yet utterly amoral and feckless heir who is the focus of this Australian take on "Gatsby." Richard loves Hugh, his lifelong "best friend," more than he loves his wife, Pup, so much that he will forgive him any transgression, including a longstanding affair with her. This story of a doomed quartet, narrated by the "ignorant, happy boy" they conspired to deceive, is a compelling read despite ...more
Richard e Hugh sono amici fin dall'infanzia. A soli diciassette anni Hugh incontra Helen, giovanissima e di una bellezza da togliere il fiato; poco dopo anche Richard incontra l'amore, Phillippa, detta Pup. Le due coppie si sposano e diventano inseparabili. Belli e ricchi, conducono una vita spensierata, fatta di feste e di lunghe estati trascorse nella loro villa sul mare. Ma non tutto è realmente come sembra e piano piano Richard, il narratore, rivela le crepe nascoste nelle loro vite apparent ...more
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Hmm - saw author speak yesterday re new book but thought I'd try an old one first. Struggled through first 2 chapters and decided I would read something else. I normally finish whatever I start but time is precious and if I'm not drawn in then that's a big problem. ps the author is a hugely entertaining bloke to listen to when talking ..... his writing just doesn't connect with me though.
Kathleen Calbay
hum-hum. so-so.
This book took me forever to read. It was a short book also. The author tried to write real fancy, with big words, etc...The story was good but he would go off on these tangents about stuff I thought didn't matter. About halfway through the book I figured out whey were going to die in the end.
Brett Myer
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I remember this book to be disjointed and confusing most of the time. I finished, but still had questions. Not worth reading again.
Ingrid Cortiana

Deep, heart felt and the imagery and descripitions are beautiful and enthralling. I loved it.
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Malcolm Knox was born in 1966. He grew up in Sydney and studied in Sydney and Scotland, where his one-act play, POLEMARCHUS, was performed in St Andrews and Edinburgh. He has worked for the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD since 1994 and his journalism has been published in Australia, Britain, India and the West Indies.

His first novel Summerland was published to great acclaim in the UK, US, Australia and Eur
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