Old Jeff Patton, the black share farmer, fumbled with his bow tie. His fingers trembled and the high, stiff collar pinched his throat. A fellow loses his hand for such vanities after thirty or forty years of simple life. He had not worn his stiff-bosomed shirt more than a dozen times in all his married life.
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Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of A Summer Tragedy. Mar 14, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing. Good lord, what a great, obscure fiction this is! An absolute marvel how this story is developed with only these two old black couple, a share farmer and his blind wife. I read and reread and reread it and these two leaped out of the pages every time, I see him having difficulty putting his bow-tie, asking his wife for help, they helping each other, both slow in movement but determined, his hands trembling, her questions of mundane everyday concerns And I felt I wanted to hug them each moment t Good lord, what a great, obscure fiction this is!
And I felt I wanted to hug them each moment they live and relive their lives through this magical prose. Vivid, deeply moving and sad. Perhaps the saddest fictive story I've read and is guaranteed to make you wonder if life, indeed, is inviolable and precious under any circumstance.
Mar 29, K. Absolutely rated it liked it Recommended to K. Shelves: race , english , short-stories , collection , american. I only read the main story, A Summer Tragedy and it is available in pdf form by clicking this link. My brother Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly notice those adverbs attached to our names - his idea first read and raved about this story in his review.
So, he practically shoved the photocopy of this story to me and told me to read it right away. So, like an obedient younger brother, I did. I liked the story and how Arna Bontemps showed the bleak and hopeless life of the black cou I only read the main story, A Summer Tragedy and it is available in pdf form by clicking this link. I liked the story and how Arna Bontemps showed the bleak and hopeless life of the black couple Jeff and Jeannie Patton.
The setting of the story was in during the height of the Great Depression and many of the black Americans still did not own the land they tilled. The story opens when the couple is preparing for a journey trying to wear their best even if full of holes suits.
Jeannie is blind and sickly. Jeff is afraid and trembling while trying to put on his bow tie. Check entries in the internet and you find that this story is used in medical school for geriatric cases.
A black couple feeling that they don't have any reason to live. Jeannie's love for Jeff is shown when she, despite being blind, helps him to put on his bow tie and at the later part of the story, she feels proud that they are passing the house of Delia whose smile Jeannie still remembers and jealous of since Delia has a bad reputation in the neighborhood and obviously has a thing for Jeff.
Sad yet well-told short story that has left strong images in my mind. I just hope that when my wife and I get to that age, we will not be too helpless and hopeless that we will even consider Jeff and Jeannie's decision. We all don't know about this, right? Even if you save and save money working for your retirement, we all don't know what the future brings.
We can die anytime. We can get sick and a prolonged one can wipe out your savings. We don't know. I think that scare made my brother felt strongly for this book. We, the aging baby boomers, can relate to this story in one way or another, I think. Jun 04, Kyle rated it it was amazing. One of the best short stories I've read. Seth rated it liked it Mar 05, Michael Lloyd-Billington rated it really liked it Nov 08, N'Ubimi Balza rated it it was amazing Jun 23, Jamal rated it liked it Jan 02, Re rated it it was ok Sep 15, Ella rated it really liked it Oct 30, Branka rated it it was amazing Feb 04, Paula Delucca rated it liked it Dec 18, Joel Salankat rated it it was amazing Dec 17, Natalia Krivitska rated it it was ok Aug 17, Mathilde rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Racquel Harrell rated it it was amazing Mar 21, Jordana rated it liked it Dec 23, Chad Skidmore added it Sep 29, Steve added it Mar 15, Pablo marked it as to-read Mar 20, Rona G marked it as to-read Mar 21, Kimberly Millard added it May 21, Abdolla Salah marked it as to-read Nov 28, Nascha marked it as to-read May 15, Araba Dowell marked it as to-read May 30, Katherine Almonte marked it as to-read Jul 17, Jermell Conner marked it as to-read Jul 20, Joseph Budgett marked it as to-read Aug 22, Ayesha marked it as to-read Sep 06, Catherine marked it as to-read Oct 05, Sara added it Nov 15, Alshimaa Mohamed marked it as to-read Jan 08, Maya Powers marked it as to-read Jan 20, M added it Jan 28, Teresa Stewart marked it as to-read Aug 19, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.
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A Summer Tragedy
Genre: Short Story. The short story considers the final afternoon in the lives of Jeff and Jennie Patton, a frail elderly couple, who have spent their lives as poor sharecroppers, barely able to make ends meet for themselves and their children. While neither is seriously ill, the severities of farming and aging have guided them toward a mutual pact. Today they will put on their finest clothes and then, drive down the dirt road past their neighbors toward a cliff--and death.
“A Summer Tragedy”: A Geriatric Case Study
Post a Comment. Friday, April 29, A summer tragedy Analysis. Nobody thought that the story would end the way that it did. Today I will be analyzing "A Summer Tragedy" using theme, setting, characterization, plot so on and so forth. The overall message that "A Summer Tragedy" gave can be taken in many ways.