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  • Paperback: 145 pages
  • Publisher: Hushion House (April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1886913579
  • ISBN-13: 978-1886913578
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 11.4 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,480,152 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Format: Hardcover
It is obvious that this book was still in manuscript form when it was discovered. My belief is that the author would have edited out certain passages, tightened up some of the prose, and fleshed out what is now only lightly sketched. Still, as a reader, I felt extraordinarily privileged in being able to read what was here. The novel is chilling and achingly beautiful. There are turns of phrase that are breath-taking, and there are descriptions of totalitarianism that caused my chest to constrict in dread. Reading this book is like reading novels written in the wake of fascism or Stalinism--the idea that all is controlled, no one is to be trusted, the only safety is within one's own head. But it is the meditations on books--on what books mean and how they mean--that is the true gem in this book. And the comparison of how one Book (be it Bible, Koran, or Little Red Book) can be given such power that it must eliminate all competition that comes from other books. And his thoughts on gender and what totalitarianism does to sexual relationships is deeply moving. There are so many things in this book to talk about. I grieve that its author is not around to participate in those discussions.
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By A Customer on July 27 2002
Format: Hardcover
Although the premise of this small novel is intriguing, especially given current events at a national and world level, The Last Summer of Reason is not worth the time. Yes, the manuscript was discovered after the author's death, which leads to a certain romanticism about him and the work. However, it is still an unfinished, unpolished, unfocused book, badly in need of revision and editing.
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By A Customer on June 4 2002
Format: Hardcover
Tahar Djout's words are absolutely beautiful. A lyrical sledgehammer....this book is ironic in its timing. The reader is given an idea of what it is like to live in a world of extremism and religious fanaticism. Wole Soyinka's introduction is worth the price. Invest a day in reading the words of the late author and think about the fanatics among you. Could we all become Djouts?
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By K. Donow on May 24 2002
Format: Hardcover
In all of the discussions of this book, never once did I see mentioned The Plague by Albert Camus. The parallels extend way beyond the common Algerian background. If pushed, I would say that The Last Summer of Reason is more powerful because it is more specific. It provides something I don't think I've read or learned about in the last few years -- a fully imagined sense of the life lived in the midst of the creeping, quiet disaster of fundamentalism. Even though it is so short, and, so obviously unfinished, I am left breathless by this unforgettable literary witness.
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