The Summer Without Men by Siri Hustvedt

the-summer-without-men-by-siri-hustvedtThe execrable cover of this novel marks it out as the kind of book my mother would read and be vaguely ashamed of reading. But she would be disappointed. The Daily Mail then would have us believe that the author is to be regarded as some kind of “contemporary Jane Austen”. I can’t imagine why. Maybe to appeal to all those readers who have a great respect for Austen, a respect derived from never having read her. But anyway… Siri Hustvedt is a serious, respected author of quality literary fiction, because she is such an author. Having written The Blindfold in 1992, I supposed she must have written other great novels since. And she has. This is one of them.

Mr A

Who’s this cover for…


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