Summer in February book. Read 95 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Sir Alfred Munnings, retiring President of the Royal Academy, ch. Summer in February Paperback – February 1, Sir Alfred Munnings, retiring President of the Royal Academy, chooses the Annual Banquet to launch a savage attack on Modern Art. An earlier novel, Summer in February, was made into a feature film, starring Dan Stevens and. The book tells the story of a group of artists--and others--living and working in Cornwall in the early part of the 20th century. It's a true story written in the style of a.

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Summer in February is a British romantic drama film directed by Christopher Menaul. .. Print/export. Create a book · Download as PDF · Printable version. download Summer In February New Ed by Jonathan Smith (ISBN: ) from site's Book Store. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible. Summer In February by Jonathan Smith - book cover, description, publication history.

What is it about the beginning of the 20th century that fascinates us so much right now? Do those last years of a fragile world, shattered by the First World War, resonate with our own uncertain times? The book opens with Munnings making his famous final speech as Chairman of the Royal Academy. He gives a damning, if rather incoherent, diatribe on modern art, before stumbling on a word that transports him back thirty years when, as a young artist he moved to Lamorna in Cornwall and became part of the larger group of Newlyn School of artists. The son of a Suffolk farmer, Munnings rather belly-flops into this quiet community, demanding everyone looks up from their easels and pay attention to him — which they duly do.

At the wedding ceremony, she asks AJ to remove her portrait; he refuses, even gloating in his wedding speech that the portrait will remain in the Royal Academy. Despairing, Florence leaves the reception and goes up to her room, where she drinks cyanide poison.

She staggers downstairs and collapses in front of her wedding guests. Gilbert attends to her; Florence survives the suicide attempt. Once she and AJ return to Cornwall, she asks Gilbert to look for a private studio space for her. Gilbert finds an abandoned cottage on the cliffside. Florence returns home to pack up her equipment to move into the cottage, but is ambushed by AJ, who attempts to force himself upon her.

Florence escapes, and runs back to the cottage, where she is comforted by Gilbert. A few days later, AJ, Florence and Gilbert are having tea together. Gilbert announces that he has applied for a job in Africa, and will be leaving Cornwall. He argues with AJ, and Florence storms out of the cafe. This is a beautifully written book about real people and gives a fascinating insight into the Cornish art community of the 's. The author deals with a tragic situation very sympathetically.

This isn't the sort of book I would usually read but I am very glad I did. Mostly just a drawn-out love triangle, Summer in February is set in an early twentieth-century artist colony. Based around actual people, Florence Carter-Wood, the woman at the center of the triangle, is little more than the Edwardian version of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl.

That Mostly just a drawn-out love triangle, Summer in February is set in an early twentieth-century artist colony. Smith intended that sort of comment. Silly women! Not recommended. Also not recommended. View 2 comments. Dec 06, Toni Allen rated it it was amazing Shelves: If you're interested in art and enjoy discovering more about the personal lives of artists then you'll enjoy Summer in February.

Although this is not a biography Jonathan Smith did extensive original research in order to write the most convincing story about Alfred Munnings, world famous painter of horses, and his life in the artistic community in Lamorna, Cornwall, at the beginning of the 20th Century. Summer in February is a snapshot in time, covering only a few years prior to the outbreak of If you're interested in art and enjoy discovering more about the personal lives of artists then you'll enjoy Summer in February.

Summer in February is a snapshot in time, covering only a few years prior to the outbreak of WW1 and revolving around the love triangle between Munnings, Florence and the estate manager Gilbert Evans. Jonathan Smith evokes a wonderful sense of scene. When reading the book you can smell the tang of the sea air mingled with the artist's turpentine. All the characters are well portrayed and by the end of the book you feel that you know them all personally, their desires, their motivations and their passions.

It's due to be released in Jul 11, Christine rated it liked it. A sad but thoughtful book. I wanted to shake the main characters to stop them making such a mess of their lives. Based on a true story of AJ Munnings and some of his fellow artists in Cornwall in the early 's just before the WW1.

Florence is tragic and naive but everyone loves her. A slow book but enjoyable in a mellow way. May 04, Ann rated it really liked it.

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Jan 15, Jane rated it really liked it. It took me a little longer than usual to finish a book this long. If I was more interested in it, I probably would have finished it in one afternoon, but some of the time I felt there was a bit too much narration and not enough dialogue.

I'm a dialogue freak. I love the interaction between the characters. The funny story about getting myself to read this book was the fact that I had seen the previews of the film adaptation which really got me interested.

I immediately searched for it online and It took me a little longer than usual to finish a book this long. I immediately searched for it online and found out there was a book.

I told myself I had to read the book before watching the film, so I bought the eBook.

I started on a Monday and ended at 3 AM on Wednesday. I didn't feel the love story evolve until probably halfway through the book. That's when I found more romance being evident in the characters. I wasn't too fond of Florence. I found too wandering, and at times wondered if she was in her right state of mind.

I felt more sorry for AJ and Gilbert by the end of the book. Overall, the story was very haunting, there was a bit of humorous moments throughout, I believe to lighten the mood a little.

The story was well-written and wonderful imagery was used to describe the scenery which made the reading all the more enjoyable. Oct 03, Andrew rated it really liked it. A cannot tell you how much I love this book, a true story about the Lamorna artist community just before the first world war. A well researched novel taken from one of main characters Gilbert Evans' diaries. A story of talent, love and sorrow.

I would definitely recommend and when you're done watch the film! To see more reviews and things check out my blog - http: Aug 19, Dolf Patijn rated it it was amazing. Absolutely brilliant. A beautiful book about a painters colony in Cornwall in the early 20th century. In this book you feel transported back in time. The language has the feel of the early 20th century. This book has loads of atmosphere.

Loved it. The nice thing is that you can look up some of the paintings and people mentioned in the book on Google. Feb 17, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: I don't normally read romantic novels, and I read this one because of the film which is screening in June, but this book totally got me.

It is very beautifully written and heart breaking. I know nothing about art or the artists, but am now looking forward to the film. Dan Stevens would play a convincing Gilbert. Dominic Cooper May 28, Liz Fenwick rated it it was amazing. I loved this book. It was evocative and captured a long lost world of painters in Cornwall.

Smith builds the story through the different view points and captures you in the world.

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I think the only difficulty I found was the motivation of one of the main characters but that was not Smith's fault. He had to stick to the fact of the actual events. It didn't detract from my enjoyment of the book. Aug 20, Jane rated it really liked it Shelves: Great read based on an actual artists' colony in England in the early 's. The characters, too, are fictional recreations of actual people, several artists who lived in the colony. It's a dark subject, and the writing is beautiful.

Has been made into a movie that I'd love to see.

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Apr 16, Jess rated it it was amazing Shelves: For me this was one of those books I couldn't put down and was sorry when it finished. Mar 07, Bo rated it really liked it.

This book is interesting in many ways. First of all, it features real people. People who've walked this earth, but who were quite unknown to me. Perhaps that's because I'm not very much into art, but to me it does add to the story to know that this truly happened, however tragic it may be. Now, I saw the film adaptation of this book many years ago, before I'd even held the book in my hands, but the story was so intriguing, so dark and yet, in some way, so lovely and heartwarming that I wanted to This book is interesting in many ways.

Now, I saw the film adaptation of this book many years ago, before I'd even held the book in my hands, but the story was so intriguing, so dark and yet, in some way, so lovely and heartwarming that I wanted to get my hands on the source material to see if I would feel the same about the words being written, if the story would still be so compelling.

And it is. It truly is. It's every bit as dark - maybe more so - and it just keeps you reading.

I love the descriptions of Cornwall, probably because I am living there at the moment, and the characters are so well-rounded that it's very lively. A very compelling read that even got me a little more interested in art! What an magical book.

I'm so pleased that I stumbled across a copy after watching the movie back in september. Smith's novel is beautifully written, the characters alive on the page. In one respect, though, this vibrancy was not always appreciated, as I found AJ Munnings to have been quite the unpleasant man; there were several moment where I wished I could have punched him.

Gilbert was quite easily my favourite character and not just because Dan Stevens played him in the movie. I might come ba What an magical book. I might come back and add more to this later.

If you decide to watch out of the interest, make sure you keep low expectation, especially for the final part.

Because people are disappointed how it ended than what it revealed. In a biopic they can't change just to please the viewers, instead the viewers have to learn to accept the truth. My issue was the filmmaking, I was not that impressed with that. It was adapted from a book of the same name, but the film narrated only a few years of the life of Florence. Especially around her romance and marriage life, prior to that events are not known.

So that makes the story too familiar compared with the other films.

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