Summer reading, or 6 books worth reading on vacation
The heroes of these books in search of themselves travel, move, rest on vacation ... In their company it is boring to spend a vacation and all the fleeting summer is a small life that can bring about great changes.
Ivan Turgenev. Spring waters
The Tale, 1872
The nobleman and landowner Dmitry Pavlovich Sanin tells the story of the first love that happened to him, a 20-year-old, during a trip to Germany. In Frankfurt, he gets close to Gemma Roselli, the daughter of the owner of a candy store, and even fights a duel, defending the girl’s honor. Having received consent from Gemma's mother for the marriage, Dmitry decides to sell the estate in Russia, and leaves for the resort of Wiesbaden. Here, Mariya Nikolaevna Polozova, the wife of the boarding friend Sanin, who is willing to buy the estate, is waiting for him. Polozova is a rich and beautiful bored socialite, and Dmitry, contrary to her feelings for Gemme, becomes a new toy by Maria Nikolaevna ...
The first love is the same revolution: the monotonous-correct system of the life that has been established is broken and destroyed in an instant, youth is standing on the barricade, its bright banner hovers high, and no matter what awaits it, death or new life, it sends everything enthusiastic greetings
Francis Scott Fitzgerald. Night is tender
Adored by tourists, Switzerland, the French Riviera and Rome become luxurious decorations for the tragic love story and life of American psychiatrist Dick Diver. During World War I, Dick falls in love with his own patient, Nicole, and marries her. A few years later, he meets the rising Hollywood star Rosemary and has an affair with her. The more prosperous his life seems to be, the more he is dissatisfied with himself, and this psychological crack, expanding, becomes a real chasm for him ... Fitzgerald called this novel the most beloved of his work and described in it the wrong side of his relationship with his wife Zelda, a writer who suffered from schizophrenia.
... it's so easy to be loved - and so hard to love
Astrid Lindgren. Katie in Italy
The Tale, 1952
Lindgren most of us knows and loves since childhood as the author of books about Carlson and Pippi Longstocking. But her pen belongs also to a remarkable trilogy of novels for girls between the ages of five and a hundred: "Katie in America", "Katie in Italy", "Katie in Paris," about the adventures of a 23-year-old Swede who loves traveling. Kati (emphasis on "and") is curious, witty, self-ironic and charming. A trip to sunny Italy gives the girl not only a lot of funny and vivid impressions, but also a fateful meeting with the "beautiful Swedish prince" - the first love and future husband.
I'm already starting to be afraid: something is wrong with me. Wherever I go, I feel like a fish in the water! I find everything amazing and can’t make critical and caustic remarks. I think, how good, how wonderful! And although now I decided in advance not to lose my head from Italy and Italians - and yet an hour later I was defeated
Ray Bradbury. Dandelion wine
The Tale, 1957
A work without which no collection of books for summer reading can be done and which is included in the golden fund of world literature. The big world, bright and gloomy, interesting and complex, we see through the eyes of a twelve-year-old boy, living with him one single summer and making amazing discoveries with him day after day.
Take summer in your hand, pour the summer into a glass - into the tiniest, of course, from which only you will make the only tart sip; bring it to your lips - and hot summer will run along your veins instead of a fierce winter ...
Francoise Sagan. A little sun in cold water
One of the best psychological novels in French literature, based on the thematic triangle "love - self-sacrifice - selfishness." To escape from a prolonged depression, the thirty-five-year-old Parisian journalist Gilles Lantier leaves for the provincial town of Limousin. Acquaintance with the charming intellectual Natalie Sylvener develops into a stormy connection, in spring and summer they spend in the euphoria of passion and happiness. In autumn, Gilles returns to Paris, Natalie, leaving her husband, follows his beloved, but he grows cold towards her, because she already gave him everything she could.
Perhaps love can sometimes be defined as the desire to share everything with just one person.
Joan Harris. Blackberry wine
Joan Harris likes to pamper readers with “gastronomic” pleasures. Immediately after the famous "Chocolate" a new novel was published - about the lost inspiration, the writer Jay Mackintosh, lost in the routine.The random discovery of six bottles of homemade wine, miraculously preserved from the time of Jay's childhood, changes his life for the better. He leaves London for France and everything begins anew, becoming a deeper, wiser, free man and a more talented writer.
People go on the road.