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Summerland: A Novel

3.23  ·  Rating details ·  105 ratings  ·  11 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
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published May 3rd 2002 by Picador (first published January 1st 2001)
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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
Allison baker
Mar 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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! ...more
Arjadi
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
"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
Shane
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oz-lit
Though I read Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier (1915) after Summerland (2000), which unashamedly borrows its structure, Malcolm Knox’s knock-off has left me with a more vivid impression than did Ford’s classic. This may be due to my familiarity with Summerland’s setting – Sydney’s northern beaches – and possibly also to Knox’s style. His playful if earnest homage lacks the gravity (and perhaps also the universality) of Ford’s tragedy, yet betrays the social justice concerns that make Knox one ...more
Kashmira Majumdar
Sometimes, the urge to track down a book you borrowed once from the library as a teenager sticks in your brain. And it doesn’t go away for almost ten years.

Thanks to this brain parasite, I’ve racked up quite the collection, including the complete set of Nancy Drew & Hardy Boys Supermysteries, but Summerland was the hardest one to track down yet. It arrived mid-lockdown and nostalgia demanded I read it cover-to-cover instantly, and I think it obliterated whatever little serotonin I had.

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goose loose
May 25, 2015 rated it did not like it
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. ...more
Brandy
Jan 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
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. ...more
Brett Myer
Jun 01, 2009 rated it it was ok
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Jennifer
Jan 30, 2010 rated it liked it
I remember this book to be disjointed and confusing most of the time. I finished, but still had questions. Not worth reading again.
Kathleen Calbay
Jan 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: book-talk
hum-hum. so-so.
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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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