Writing the Seasons with Books: Summer

I’m a true believer that books don’t have to be read at specific times of the year. As long as the story is immersive, it doesn’t matter if it’s hot outside and snowing in the book. So, instead of recommending books that are appropriate for each season, this year I’m writing the four seasons with books. For that purpose, I take a look at my shelves and select books with titles beginning with the letters of the name of the season that is just starting. After doing that for spring, the time has come to welcome summer!

 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

This novel focuses on five connected characters – an actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor’s first wife, his oldest friend and a young actress who is a member of the Travelling Symphony. The plot moves back and forth in time, before and after the spread of a deathly virus. Despite all the negative aspects that resulted from it, some cultural activities managed to subsist.

 

Uma Vida à Sua Frente (The Life Before Us) by Romain Gary

The only book that I’ve read by Romain Gary so far is narrated by Mohammed, a young boy who was being taken care of by Madame Rosa, a Jewish woman who was a former prostitute and Auschwitz survivor. It delves into their relationship and strong bond.

 

Moonstone: The Boy Who Never Was by Sjón

This short book by Sjón stands out not only because of the stunning writing style, but also because of the plot. Máni, a motherless 16-year-old boy who loves cinema, lives in Reykjavik with his great-grandmother’s sister. His sexual identity plays an important part in this story, which also touches on various historical events.

 

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

The heroine of Mansfield Park is reserved, quiet and acts much like an observer at first. Fanny Price is chosen from amongst her siblings to live with her aunt and uncle, but she is supposed to remember that she is not equal to her cousins.

 

Ensaio sobre a Cegueira (Blindness) by José Saramago

This is a thought-provoking allegorical novel about humans living in a life-threatening situation. In an unnamed city, people start going blind, but instead of being surrounded by darkness, everything around them turns white. There are many social, moral and political considerations in this book, which makes us ponder how we live in society.

 

Relato de Um Náufrago (The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor) by Gabriel García Márquez

Written from the perspective of the 20-year-old sailor Luis Alejandro Velasco, this is the story of what happened when he was washed overboard of an overloaded ship, which was caught in heavy waves in the Caribbean. Although it is non-fiction, it reads almost as a novella.

 

Have you read any of these books? Tell me in the comments!

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