ARNA BONTEMPS. A Summer Tragedy. [ “Jennie,” he called. “What’s that, Jeff?” His wife’s shrunken voice came out of the adjoining room like an echo. A Summer Tragedy. Bontemps, Arna. Primary Category: Literature / Primary Source. The Old South: “A Summer Tragedy” and Other Stories of the Thirties. The story, ‘A Summer of Tragedy’ was written in by Arna Bontemps. It was written at a time of great economic depression and.

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The slightest change in Jeff or Jenny’s condition will upset the equilibrium they have achieved. No trivia or quizzes yet. Return to Book Page.

Chad Skidmore added it Sep 29, And I felt I wanted to hug them each moment they live and relive their lives through this magical prose.

Place Published New York. While the fully imagined final image is both violent and frightening, it is skillfully delivered as one of reconciliation and acceptance as the two of them sit side-by-side as their car approaches the water. M added it Jan 28, There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

dummer And, although he had kept it a secret, he knew that his courage had left him. Published online Jan Palliative care is widely available and hospice care has become mainstream for patients who wish to pursue rragedy option at the end of life. His swallow-tailed coat lay on the bed beside him, freshly brushed and pressed, but it was as full of holes as the overalls in which he worked on weekdays Mar 14, Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly rated it it was amazing.

Pablo marked it as to-read Mar 20, Jeff’s bones cracked, his knee ached, and it was only after a half dozen attempts that Jennie worked a semblance of a bow into the tie In another instant the car hit the water summsr dropped immediately out of sight.

A Summer Tragedy by Arna Bontemps

He had not worn his stiff-bosomed shirt more than a dozen times in all his married life. Maya Powers marked it as to-read Jan 20, Medical educators and practicing physicians can exploit this overlap by teaching and studying literature from a clinical point of view. The movement was nearly as swift and direct as a fall. An absolute marvel how this story is developed with only these two old black couple, a share farmer and his blind wife.

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He lived his professional years in the south as a teacher, writer, and later, as the librarian at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee. His memory had not been much good recently. He has suffered at least one paralytic stroke.

The litany of medical problems Bontemps illustrates in this story is familiar to all clinicians who care for aging patients. Patients now have unprecedented access to drugs and procedures that may preserve function and enhance quality of life.

Jaclyn Capes added it Feb 13, Jeff thought of the handicaps, the near impossibility of making another crop with his leg bothering him more and more each week.

Agnes Danso marked it as to-read Dec 06, To ask other readers questions about A Summer Tragedyplease sign up. With charm and pathos, the couple fulfills the pledge they made to one another when no other alternative seemed appropriate. Jeff’s problem list is equally recognizable. Open Preview See a Problem?

“A Summer Tragedy”: A Geriatric Case Study

Check entries in the internet and you find that this story is used in medical school for geriatric cases. We, the aging baby boomers, can relate to this story in one way or another, I think. Trageddy couple weighed their options and made their fateful decision without the benefit of a physician, chaplain, social worker or ethics committee.

The simple story is gripping as readers discover what this couple is about. Re rated it it was ok Sep 15, They create literature tragfdy telling realistic stories about conflict and catastrophe, life and death. Trivia About A Summer Tragedy. And I felt I wanted to hug them each moment t Good lord, what a great, obscure fiction this is!


Kimberly Millard added it May 21, Mathilde rated it it was amazing Apr 04, Within the story, we are privy to memories that highlight their simple life, their community, their work ethic and their devotion to each other.

Jeff is afraid and trembling summeg trying to put on his bow tie. Jamal rated it liked it Ttagedy 02, I read and reread and reread it and these two leaped arja 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 A Summer Tragedy by Arna Bontemps.

I only read the main story, A Summer Tragedy and it is available in pdf form by clicking this link.

A Summer Tragedy

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.

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. Jeff ran the car onto the clay slope, pointed it directly toward the stream, and put his foot heavily on the accelerator.

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