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The Evening of the Holiday (1966)

by Shirley Hazzard

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From the cover - Sophie, half English, half Italian, meets Tancredi, an Italian who is separated from his wife and family. In telling the story of their love affair, Shirley Hazzard punctures the placid surface of polite Italian society to reveal the intense yearnings and surprising responses in sophisticated people caught up in emotions they do not always understand.
I found this an undemanding read during a busy week, but enjoyed how the author's use of language created credible, flawed characters and how they dealt with the conflicting emotions they experienced. ( )
  HelenBaker | Mar 11, 2012 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312423268, Paperback)

In the words of Time magazine, “A near perfect novel...a small masterpiece” by the author of The Great Fire

Passionate undercurrents sweep in and out of this eloquent novel about a love affair in a summer countryside in Italy and its inevitable end. It takes place in a setting of pastoral beauty during a time of celebration--a festival.

Sophie, half English, half Italian, meets Tancredi, an Italian who is separated from his wife and family. In telling the story of their love affair, Shirley Hazzard punctures the placid surface of polite Italian society to reveal the intense yearnings and surprising responses in sophisticated people caught up in emotions they do not always understand.

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This is a novel about a love affair in the summer countryside in Italy and its inevitable end. It reveals the yearnings and responses in people caught up in emotions.

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