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David Thompson is a former Vietnam War conscientious objector in Paris on a quest to find himself in the early days of 1977. When he befriends an Iranian and an Afghan and is invited to return with them to their countries, his quest slowly becomes a descent into his own private hell. Interspersed with a multitude of characters whose religious, philosophical, and political opinions influence David greatly in his search, "Looking for the Summer" is a remarkable adventure story of a man about to lose his youth and find his true self in ancient lands.
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Much of this novel is taken from my own experiences. I was a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War, was court-martialed, and spent time in a military prison in 1969-71. In 1977 I began a journey that took me from Paris to India. This was before the Iranian revolution and the Afghan-Russian war, so I was able to experience some countries that are very difficult to enter these days. It was a journey that I was lucky to survive, and it caused many changes in my views on life.From the Inside Flap:
PRAISE FOR "LOOKING FOR THE SUMMER"
"A graceful autobiographical novel that breathes life into a perennial genre: the spiritual 'bildungsroman.' The theme of a questing expatriate who renounces Western materialism in favor of an exotic pilgrimage to the East will be familiar to anyone who has fallen under the spell of W. Somerset Maugham's 'The Razor's Edge' or Jack Kerouac's 'The Dharma Bums'....
"Although published prior to the events of 9/11, it is impossible to pick up Norris's novel without a heightened interest in its vividly depicted locales in a part of the world where our attentions are now so intensely focused. Several fascinating chapters are devoted to [the protagonist's] stay in Afghanistan. Written with a novelist's eye for characterization and a reporter's skill for observation, 'Looking for the Summer' is the kind of small press gem that is often overlooked but is well worth seeking out." -- CultureVulture.net
"In the hands of any author, 'Looking for the Summer' would probably be a compelling read due to the inherent intrigue in the story's setting. But Norris is a masterful writer and storyteller, and he uses his craft to elevate this tale above mere 'compelling' or 'interesting' to the realm of uplifting and insightful. He deftly paints a portrait of his locations using a visual poetry that is neither self-conscious nor affected.... This is a fascinating novel, told in spellbinding English. I can't recommend it enough." -- Alternative Approaches Magazine
"'Looking for the Summer' brings to light the turmoil going through the mind of a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War ... a powerfully written novel.... Highly important in its message about standing up for what one believes and about the personal growth one experiences while on a soul-searching journey as a result of taking such action ... certain to have a profound impact on the reader. It is a must-read, unforgettable novel." -- Knowbetter.com
"'Looking for the Summer' is a stunning novel of a metaphorical and physical journey across the Middle East. Though set during the 1970s, this story of war and pacifism and redemption is as pertinent to today's global struggles as tomorrow's news. Fashioned in exquisite language and bolstered with some of the most beautiful descriptive passages I've ever read, 'Looking for the Summer' takes us on a voyage over deserts and mountains and through cities as the protagonist pursues spiritual, intellectual, political, and psychological enlightenment. This is a remarkable book and a must read for anyone seeking insight into the historical precedents for our post September 11 world." -- Marnie Mueller, author of "Green Fires," "The Climate of the Country," and "My Mother's Island"
"Beautifully written and tells us a great deal about the search for meaning in our lives. To learn who we are and what our lives are meant to be is a lifetime project, and Robert Norris has given us a fascinating glimpse of how this process unfolds." -- Richard C. Anderson, WW II conscientious objector and author of "Peace Was in Their Hearts"
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