* Prices may differ from that shown
If you have read Mary Moodys two other autobiographical books, you would have read about how she spends half a year in Australia on a farm with her husband, David, and the other half of the year in rural France, seeking out an affair with a native and writing about the wondrous produce, cooking and lifestyle she discovered there.
Set in the European heatwave of 2003, The Long Hot Summer continues the angst between Mary and David about the Frenchman affair and how Mary continues her mental and physical journeys in the pursuit of happiness.
The first few chapters are quite boring unless you follow the series, as they describe in great detail the hows, whys and whens of writing this particular book. Judging from how rushed and pressured Mary felt writing the book, it seems these chapters are nothing more than extra space to fill it, slightly interesting to read about but not really worth printing.
After this, the book gets a bit more exciting as Mary describes how the media hound her and David over the affair and how David gradually loses his respect for her. Then, as Mary travels to France for her annual sojourn, a heatwave strikes Europe and changes her perception of France, forcing her to re-evaluate her priorities and feelings. The climax occurs toward the end when David and Mary reach the end of their relationship or not (sorry, cant give too much away!)
Overall, this book is best suited to those who have been following the series, and while not as interesting as the first two books, has some striking scenes and certainly conveys the sense of anxiety, pressure and stress needed to pull it off. The reader cant help feeling sorry for David and that he has endured enough and that Mary is a selfish person for seeking her love elsewhere while denying her husband the same satisfaction. However, read in a different context (ie, in a PMS or hormonal/emotional difficulties in being a lonely woman context) the book is a good exploration of how women think and feel when there are many opportunities in life that clash. Mary pushes that boundary and comes out the other side but not without paying a price.
I couldnt put it down, but I felt a bit stressed myself reading it. Best read while having an alcoholic drink
OTHER BOOKS BY MARY MOODY:
*Last Tango In Toulouse
Publisher: Pan McMillan Australia
Year Published: 2005
IBSN No: 1-4050-3670-2
© 2007 Snu210