Last Night of Summer

Last Night of Summer

3.7 (27 ratings by Goodreads)
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  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 120 x 180mm
  • Random House Children's Publishers UK
  • Corgi Childrens
  • London, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0552090905
  • 9780552090902

Review Text

This is a professional, familiarly confined novel about a Louisiana town during the last night of summer when "so much heat has accumulated that something has to explode". Explode it does, and there are two murders, rape (really necrophilia), a car wreck, a stab at adultery and a visit to a cat house - all the heavy artillery. The novel builds from a deceptively static first chapter into a night of gathering violence that erupts into three thunderstorms, count them, and much mortal misconduct. I.e.- Brooks Ingraham, 48 is enjoined by his young secretary to spend the night with her. Through a phone mix-up, the affair is not consummated. While Brooks goes off to a professional establishment, the secretary sits in a car in a parking lot, and Brooks' wife goes off to the country club to get smashed. A runaway convict strangles and rapes the secretary- and Brooks eventually gets his, at home; his wife kills him with a broken gin bottle. Throughout, as in Faulkner's Dry September, the weather collects, then bursts, and it is excellently described. But almost every character speaks out of a false sense of what he "knows from experience", and Caldwell himself seems to have this kind of pride of knowing everything. Call it "the Experience Syndrome". (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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27 ratings
3.7 out of 5 stars
5 19% (5)
4 41% (11)
3 33% (9)
2 7% (2)
1 0% (0)
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