Seregil of Rhiminee at RISINGSHADOW praises the book.
SUMMERLONG is the long-awaited new novel by Peter S. Beagle, who is the well-known and respected author of THE LAST UNICORN, A FINE AND PRIVATE PLACE, and THE FOLK OF THE AIR. It’s a touching and enchanting novel filled with quiet beauty and tender magic.
I’m glad I had an opportunity to read SUMMERLONG, because it’s one of the best literary speculative fiction novels of the year. I consider it to be something magical for those who love well-crafted literary stories, because it exceeded my expectations and surprised me with its beauty. It turned out to be an extremely rewarding reading experience.
SUMMERLONG is a fairy-tale kind of a novel – a literary fantasy novel – for thinking adults who are fascinated by myths, because it’s a modern take on the Persephone and Hades myth. It’s a captivatingly gentle yet rich blend of reality and myth with an evocative atmosphere.
I think it’s good to emphasise SUMMERLONG is not a novel for those who rush through stories and want quick resolutions, because it’s a thoughtful and thought-provoking meditation on life, love, loss, passion and friendship. If you rush through it, you’ll miss out on a lot and won’t get much out of it. This novel has been written for readers who love to think about things and let the story’s atmosphere seep into them.
Peter S. Beagle’s SUMMERLONG is such a marvellously written and touching novel that fans of literary fantasy simply can’t afford to miss it. It’s a masterpiece of subtle storytelling that enchants you with its beauty and wistfulness. I recommend this novel to everyone who enjoys literary fiction and loves gradually unfolding stories.
At HOPSCOTCH FRIDAY, Emmet O’Cuana enjoys SUMMERLONG, her introduction to Peter S. Beagle.
What impressed me about this tale was how its fantastical leanings complement the narrative of a loving relationship’s almost seasonal rhythms. In exploring the theme of a couple questioning why they are together through mythic archetypes Beagle gives a sense of universality to this gentle fable.
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