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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Picador (March 31 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312428707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312428709
  • Product Dimensions: 20.8 x 13.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,771 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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FOR A FEW MINUTES after the sun rose the world was quiet and still and everything human seemed far away, as if the tide had gone out. Read the first page
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By algo41 on Sept. 8 2002
Format: Paperback
Look, I gave up on this book way too early to even be writing a review. I just want to suggest to readers unfamiliar with Camerson that they may prefer to start with Cameron's Leap Year, or perhaps some of Cameron's short stories.
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By "blissengine" on July 7 2002
Format: Paperback
One summer weekend in upstate New York, three friends gather on the anniversary of the death of the man who was their centerpiece. The widowed boyfriend's new lover and a surprising dinner guest disrupt the memories and push the tension of the trio into clarity for each as they struggle to regain something lost. Cameron's exquisitely written novel weaves flashbacks into the story, giving the whole an almost lazy summer day atmosphere, just like what the weekend was supposed to be for the characters. Not only is the story beautifully told, but the personal epiphanies of the characters are almost startling in context of the tale, and the human truths about loss and perception are quite universal and sharply rendered. This is a book to treasure.
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By T. Gabrielli on Oct. 23 2001
Format: Paperback
This is a very strange, quiet and unsettling book that I would recommend reading. It's like reading a foreign film: minimal plot, GREAT character development and lines that seem to jump off the page at you. And, after it's all said and done, you kinda feel like hugging the book. A definite read!
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Peter Cameron's gifts as a writer are plainly on display in this beautiful novella of friendship, grief, hope, and honesty. The language is gorgeous (his background as a poet puts him many levels above most writers of the time) and his characterizations are realistic, almost painfully so at times. It's a shame that more people haven't discovered this extremely talented writer. He's right up there with Michael Cunningham, whose book "The Hours" has a similar calm and introspective tone. That isn't to say the two books are the same--just that they handle some rather deep and philosophical ideas without becoming indulgent or heavy-handed. "The Weekend" is a deceptively easy read, but it will leave you thinking and wondering long after the last page is turned.
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By David Oliveras on Jan. 19 2001
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Peter Cameron has succeeded in creating a world filled with rich, human characters caught up in the tangled web of love and loss. The story moves along quickly over the time span of one weekend spent in the country. By far, Cameron's strength is his use of dialog. He masterfully conveys what his characters are feeling in a clear and emotional way. We come to learn so much about these people from what they say to each other and what they struggle to articulate and define for themselves.
Realistic and not at all overly sentimental, The Weekend will soon be a major motion picture. I hope the film lives up to the book!
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By A Customer on Sept. 19 2000
Format: Paperback
Peter Cameron's novel is such a pleasure to read!
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By "jagoco" on Aug. 16 2000
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I read this book a few years back and decided to read it again recently. I remembered loving this book when I first read it and my second read confirmed why I loved it so much. It's just that Peter Cameron has an amazing way with words. In this book, he makes you understand each character by digging deep into their emotions and thoughts. This story feels so real and beautiful, even though this book's characters experience loss and discover the worst things about themselves. This truly is a great book.
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