A shy, reticent, rather colourless young Lebanese girl, with a life so sheltered, placid and middle-class that she accepts without question her uneventful existence as a university student and her total lack of ambition - this is Samar Khaldy.
Akram Said ran away from his birthplace - an overpopulated farm in the south of Lebanon - to fight out his life in the slums of Beirut. He lied, stole and killed before becoming a university student, handsome, brilliant, fiercely ambitious and totally amoral. Without hesitation he stalks into the monotonous and cosy life of Samar, of her playboy brother Farid, and their parents; of her rich, beautiful cousin Salwa and of Amin, Samar's only boy-friend, who is dull, amiable and disastrously mistaken in his predictions.
This is the story of a man and the society which can assimilate him only after it has broken him. But it is above all the story of Samar who is changed as clay is by fire, from the childhood of March to the full womanhood of August - From Spring to Summer: Samar who finally accepts the responsibility of becoming part of everything which will destroy the man she loves.
The covers and spine shows signs of shelf wear, rubbing and tanning. There are some creases to the front and back covers. The edges of the pages are slightly tanned and there is foxing on some of the pages. Otherwise the pages are clean and the binding is firm.