From the last “Robinson” cultural supplement of the Republic, review of Susanna Nirenstein to Thomas Williams novel "Two summers". Another writing lesson: “Here, the heat that comes from the first pages of this Two summers is strong and sweet: that of Williams capacity, John Irving emphasized that the student, to know human nature and psychologically scandagliarla, to make it real is wonderful and rare. That's what a writer should possess. Just as the art of cannibalizing their own lives and the lives of others, changing memories, picking and choosing”.
But someone approaches the fire to warm. Then comes other people. And those are the characters in the book, while the fire is the inspiration that affects warm light the faces of the protagonists. All these figures feed the flames, that get larger. They go off only when the book is finished. E Stephen King, Williams taking the similarity he admired, He commented "when you start, out there is very cold, an impossible challenge. But then the characters begin to come to life, or the story has an unexpected turn ... "and the wood logs catch fire again.
Here, the heat that comes from the first pages of this Two summers is strong and sweet: that of Williams capacity, John Irving emphasized that the student, to know human nature and psychologically scandagliarla, to make it real is wonderful and rare. That's what a writer should possess. Just as the art of cannibalizing their own lives and the lives of others, changing memories, picking and choosing.
A first kiss, those who have not experienced? And that's where, in the first chapter, reappears in front of you, It makes you melt, wins you over. That's how we feel when seventeen Dory, in a June morning in 1948, light from the window movements of John Hearne, a beautiful boy of twenty-one who always, since she was nine years, watched kidnapped, convinced to love him. He too has observed the day before, without being able to explain the reason for that attraction.
He meets her in front of a swing, and after a few words he understands that he can bring to his lips, and she is taken by a whirlwind, something that does not do more to feel herself, witty and ironic as it is known, but at the mercy of the will of the blonde with blue eyes, "As if his body knew in advance which step, movement, flexion, winding arms of him, effortless, the domandassero ".
Did you know, the two will go together every second of the few weeks that John - behind the war fought in Okinawa and one on hold universities - will go to Leah, the imaginary place where Williams has placed all of his eight novels.
Dory has successfully finished high school and is preparing to work somewhere: his is a modest family. The days will be beautiful, consummate love with a naturalness and a fervor worthy of a great love. But John wants to go to California where he hopes to find his father who abandoned him when he was five.
It will be a journey full of twists, treachery, with the discovery of the father at the head of a ramshackle Christian sect that preaches love. The summer of Dory will be turbulent: put in charge of a beautiful dwelling-house on the lake, It'll end up not only without news of John, but full of arduous tasks and surrounded by a gang of former Nazis that the government interested in keeping in check. More will follow incidents that will leave Dory wound.
A summer of training, therefore,, the two boys will face difficulties never even conceived. There are too many things, we would like to tell you lose less in a hundred rivulets and to concentrate more on the players. But perhaps what he wanted Williams, the strong America picture as unbalanced (his recurring theme), full of love to give but also the pitfalls of hell, he succeeded.