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Mr. Summer's story

Author: Patrick Süskind
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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In an altogether unexpected change of pace from the evil flamboyance of his phenomenal Perfume and the Kafkaesque paranoia of The Pigeon, the brilliant German writer Patrick Suskind joins forces with Sempe, the illustrator of New Yorker magazine fame, to bring us a haunting and deceptively simple tale of childhood, innocence lost, and memory as seen in flashback through the eyes of a man now middle-aged. Mr.
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Fables
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Patrick Süskind
ISBN: 0679419950 9780679419952
OCLC Number: 26014555
Notes: Translation of: Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer.
Description: 116 pages : color illustrations ; 20 cm
Other Titles: Geschichte von Herrn Sommer.
Responsibility: Patrick Süskind ; with illustrations by Sempé ; translated from the German by John E. Woods.

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In an altogether unexpected change of pace from the evil flamboyance of his phenomenal Perfume and the Kafkaesque paranoia of The Pigeon, the brilliant German writer Patrick Suskind joins forces with Sempe, the illustrator of New Yorker magazine fame, to bring us a haunting and deceptively simple tale of childhood, innocence lost, and memory as seen in flashback through the eyes of a man now middle-aged. Mr. Summer's Story is, in fact, the story of the child whose path.

he crosses only fleetingly but whose life - otherwise ordinary in every way - is forever changed by those few moments in time. At the story's conclusion, the enigmatic Mr. Summer, whose first name no one seems to know, who wanders silently through the countryside, and who is heard to utter but one sentence in the entire novel, appears to us as a man both noble and tragic, whose ultimate disappearance remains a mystery - and a secret - to all but the little boy he.

Unknowingly touched long ago. A timeless and universal fable for children and adults alike.

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