The Fortnight in September
This charming, timeless classic about a family of five setting out on their annual seaside vacation is “the most uplifting, life-affirming novel I can think of…the beautiful dignity to be found in everyday living has rarely been captured more delicately” (Kazuo Ishiguro).
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Meet the Stevens family as they prepare to embark on their holiday to the coast of England. Mr. and Mrs. Stevens first made the trip to Bognor Regis on their honeymoon, and the tradition has continued every September since. They follow the same carefully honed schedule – now accompanied by their three children, twenty-year-old Mary, seventeen-year-old Dick, and little brother Ernie.
Arriving in Bognor, they check in at Seaview, the guesthouse where they always stay. It’s a bit shabbier than it once was – the landlord died and his wife is struggling as the number of guests dwindles. But the family finds bliss in booking a slightly bigger cabana (with a balcony!) and in their rediscovery of familiar, beloved sights/\
Mr. stevens takes long walks, reflecting on his life, his worries and disappointments, and returns refreshed. Mrs. Stevens treasures an hour spent sitting alone with her medicinal glass of port. Mary has her first taste of romance. And Dick pulls himself out of the malaise he’s sunk into since graduation, resolving to work towards a new career. The family savors every moment of their holiday, keenly aware that things may n ot be the same next year.
Delightfully nostalgic, The Fortnight in September is an extraordinary novel about ordinary people enjoying simple pleasures.
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