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A Summer Evening's Dream 1898   By: (1850-1898)

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Edward Bellamy's A Summer Evening's Dream 1898 is a captivating and imaginative work of literature that takes readers on a thought-provoking journey through an idyllic summer night. The novel masterfully delves into themes of love, dreams, and the inherent beauty of nature, making it a truly enchanting experience.

Set in the late 19th century, the story follows the lives of a group of characters who find themselves wrapped up in the magic of a summer evening. Bellamy's evocative descriptions of the natural landscape create a vivid backdrop that sets the stage for the unfolding events. As readers delve deeper into the narrative, they are transported to a world where dreams come to life and reality intertwines seamlessly with the fantastical.

Through his enchanting prose, Bellamy expertly explores the power of dreams and the transformative effects they can have on individuals. With a touch of whimsy, he weaves together intricate subplots that revolve around characters seeking their own personal dreams and desires. From romances to self-discovery, the novel offers a plethora of engaging narratives that keep readers engrossed until the very last page.

One of the novel's highlights lies in Bellamy's ability to effortlessly capture the essence of human emotions and desires. The depth and realism of the characters make them relatable, allowing readers to form strong connections and become emotionally invested in their journeys. Whether it is the dreams of a young artist or the yearnings of a lost soul, Bellamy portrays these inner desires with sensitivity, adding layers of complexity to the plot.

Another aspect that stands out is the author's ability to create a sense of wonder and enchantment in even the simplest of moments. Through his detailed descriptions of the natural world, readers are presented with a feast for the senses. From the warm glow of a sunset to the delicate scent of blooming flowers, Bellamy paints a picture that is incredibly immersive, making it easy to lose oneself in the pages of the novel.

However, while A Summer Evening's Dream 1898 is undeniably an enchanting read, some readers may find the pacing to be a bit slow at times. As the novel meanders through different character perspectives and subplots, it may require patience to fully appreciate the depth of each storyline. Nonetheless, for those who appreciate a leisurely read that allows for introspection and reflection, this aspect may even be seen as a strength rather than a weakness.

In conclusion, A Summer Evening's Dream 1898 by Edward Bellamy is a captivating novel that transports readers to a world of dreams and enchantment. With its richly detailed descriptions, relatable characters, and thought-provoking themes, it is a book that lingers long after the final page is turned. Bellamy's ability to evoke emotions and create a sense of wonder is truly commendable, making this novel a delightful addition to any literary collection.

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By Edward Bellamy


It is a village street, with great elms on either side, while along the middle stands another row set in a narrow strip of grassy common, so that the street and roadway are in reality double. The dwellings on either side are not only widely parted by the broad street, but are still further isolated, each in its large garden of ancient fruit trees. It is four o'clock of a sunny August afternoon, and a quiet, Sabbath like but for its lazy voluptuousness, broods over the scene. No carriage, or even pedestrian, has passed for an hour. The occasional voices of children at play in some garden, the latching of a gate far down the street, the dying fall of a drowsy chanticleer, are but the punctuation of the poem of summer silence that has been flowing on all the afternoon. Upon the tree tops the sun blazes brightly, and between their stems are glimpses of outlying meadows, which simmer in the heat as if about to come to a boil. But the shadowed street offers a cool and refreshing vista to the eye, and a veritable valley of refuge to the parched and dusty traveler along the highway.

On the broad piazza of one of the quaint old fashioned houses, behind a needless screen of climbing woodbine, two girls are whiling away the afternoon. One of them is lounging in a lassy rocking chair, while the other sits more primly and is industriously sewing... Continue reading book >>

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