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The Book of Summers by Emylia Hall
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Apr 16, 12

Read from April 09 to 16, 2012

I thought this was a thoughtful, gentle and compelling book. It is quite a slow read, so those who enjoy a fast paced story could be disappointed. It is a tale to ponder on and not one to rush. At times it reads like a memoir - the main character of Beth or Erzsi came across as quite real.

I also thought it was very evocative of Hungary, where most of the story is set. I almost felt I was there and it made me want to visit - the imagery and descriptions are wonderful.

It's a story about growing up, the paths we choose and the consequences of our actions. I think this phrase from the book sums it up: sometimes if you do not go backwards, you cannot move forwards.

Beautifully and poetically written, it's an excellent debut novel. I look forward to reading further work by Emylia Hall.

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