A story from childhood days, but not a children’s story: The extremely mysterious walks of Mr. Sommer astonish and amaze the small boy, not even an adult is able to explain or understand Mr. Sommer’s behaving. Only at the end of the book; the litte boy doesn’t climb trees anymore, doesn’t consider the bicycle to be an enemy, has no more fights with his piano teacher; he is by chance the only person who takes part in Mr. Sommer’s final secret. Sempé, a friend of Patrick Süskind’s, took paint and brush and illustrated ›Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer‹ with lovely pictures.
»A soufflé of smugness and sentimentality, of thrills and deadly perils. A good read!«Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung
»And yet Mr Sommer is not merely one of the greatest eccentrics in German literature, a loner of the first order, who was completely underrated by critics at the time. He is the archetype of the person who cannot find his bearings in life, and it is quite irrelevant what kind of life it actually is. Life is to be lived, even if, and although, and precisely because, at some point it will come to an end. That is all. But for the remarkable Mr Sommer that is all already too much.«Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
»A master of the deceptively simple tale. He meditates on the nature of the most basic emotions, weaving a remarkable imagination into the strangest of half-didactic, half-humorous fables.«The Times