4 Most Important Things In Summer

The novel shows the negative aspects of small town life (gossip, hypocrisy, jealousy) and the resulting desire to flee to the city. This theme places in the tradition of revolt from the village literature.

In Summer, human nature, despite differences in class and social upbringing, is animalistic (driven by material and sexual desires).

People in Summer are drawn with hope to the unfamiliar (because the familiar is so bleak).

The novel shows that options for women are narrow.

People in the novel are lonely and isolated and yearn, mostly without success, for connection to others (this results in many bad marriages).

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