Last Summer

Last Summer Last summer was a vacation island beachgrass and plum sunshine and sandLast summer was a million laughsLast summer a pretty blonde girl and two carefree suntanned youths nursed an injured seagull b

  • Title: Last Summer
  • Author: Evan Hunter
  • ISBN: 9780451073174
  • Page: 461
  • Format: Paperback
  • Last Summer

    Last summer was a vacation island, beachgrass and plum, sunshine and sandLast summer was a million laughsLast summer a pretty blonde girl and two carefree, suntanned youths nursed an injured seagull back to healthLast summer, too, they befriended Rhoda, a shy young girl with trusting eyes Let the reader beware This is a shocking book not for its candor and dLast summer was a vacation island, beachgrass and plum, sunshine and sandLast summer was a million laughsLast summer a pretty blonde girl and two carefree, suntanned youths nursed an injured seagull back to healthLast summer, too, they befriended Rhoda, a shy young girl with trusting eyes Let the reader beware This is a shocking book not for its candor and daring but for its cruelty and scorn, its shattering impact, and its terrifying vision of reality What begins as a vacation idyll gradually turns into a dark parable of modern society, revealing the insensate barbarity of man.The opening is as bright as summer, as calm as a cobra dozing in the sun But, as summer and compassion wane, the author strips away the pretense of youth and lays bare the blunt, primeval urge to crush, defile, betray The tragic, inevitable outcome exposes the depths of moral corruption and the violation of the soul.In this tale of depravity, Evan Hunter has written a novel that is a work of art Its theme and portent are inescapable, its insolence cauterizing, its humor outrageous a brilliant stabbing, altogether unforgettable book.

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    1. Robert

      Reminiscent of The Stranger by Albert Camus. The idyllic summer vacation for three teenage sociopaths is remembered by one for the good natured antics of the trio which turn cold and brutal. These seemingly charming youths enjoy their time together under the sun and in the waves. But, like the fire scorched island they reside on, each has a dead spot within themselves, Sandy in particular. Despite their apparent innocence, they are sociopaths who act without conscience. I first discovered the mo [...]

    2. Helen Azar

      Once again, Hunter (aka McBain) steps into the very dark realm of human nature. But if you like to read these types of books occasionally, Hunter is your man!

    3. Jason

      The book is deceptively simple, reminiscent of the sort of books assigned to honors English student in 8th grade and not read by anyone else, but it is also really effective.Most authors these days start where this book ends, saturating the reader with angst and brutality on every page, wallowing in desensitized "realism" and achieving nothing. This is the most depressing book I've read in a long time. It's anti-cathartic and masterful in its tension. I do, however, find myself wondering how it [...]

    4. doug bowman

      I had enjoyed this movie on late night tv, finding the antics of the characters to be a nice bit of mischief. The book, however, portrays them as a bit more sociopathic and by the end of the story, they are not very likable. In fact, their cruelty to the troubled character, Rhoda, rendered them reprehensible.

    5. Jaimie

      I needed a quick, no brain required read after Look Homeward, Angel. I knew something bad would happen in this book eventually, the only outcome possible for a teenage sociopath and the two cowards who follow her around only thinking with their d*cks, and yeah. I won't spoil it, but man, this book made me tense and angry, and now I need to read something really funny.

    6. Ruby

      I did not know the nature of the violence before I started reading Last Summer and was expecting a novel more like Harriet Said (by Beryl Bainbridge). I was looking for more cunning, less teen impulsiveness. After reading others' reviews, I was tempted to give it another chance but couldn't get past the tragedy of the seagull - Peter and David's reaction to what had happened to the bird was repulsive. Theirs is not an alluring evil but one that made me feel annoyed.

    7. Candice

      Popsugar Reading Challenge 2017: A book with one of the four seasons in the title.Chilling, disturbing, and thoroughly engaging. I had seen the movie years ago on late nigh television (sadly, it's never been released on DVD and is nearly impossible to find) and so knew where the book was going. Yet, it still kept me turning pages.

    8. Lorie

      This is another slow burner horror novel. The monsters in this book are the people themselves. Chilling book, another good psychological thriller to read if you like that sort of thing.

    9. Gaile

      A movie was made based on this book first published in 1968. I read it soon after it was published. A group of mixed up teens on vacation on Fire Island gang up on one of their own and urged on by a more daring girl rape one of them. The main character is in therapy and his is the main voice in this novel.The movie I thought was badly casted and badly acted.

    10. Julielenore

      I would love to find a copy of this book or see the movie that was made based on the book. I read it 10 years ago and still remember the story quite well.

    11. Marsha

      Depressingly sparse book about teenage alienation among the wealthy and privileged on a thinly disguised Fire Island in the summer of '69. Not Hunters best.

    12. Abby

      I was obsessed with this book in high school. I just re-read it and it still holds up as a chilling book. Reading the sequel next, for the first time.

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