Two Lives

by Vikram Seth | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0349117985 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingApoloniaXwing of Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on 7/11/2009
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Journal Entry 1 by wingApoloniaXwing from Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin Germany on Saturday, July 11, 2009
"Seth is the author of the hugely popular novel A Suitable Boy (1993), and with the same attention to atmospheric detail and nuance of character he brought to that book, he now offers a deeply engaging dual biography of his great-uncle and great-aunt. At age 17, Seth journeyed from his native Calcutta to London to prepare for study at Oxford, and while in the British capital, he became acquainted with his two relatives--his uncle, an Indian like himself and a dentist, and his aunt, a German-born Jew--both of whom lived in London, though they had found their way there through much different paths. After writing A Suitable Boy, Seth decided to approach Two Lives not so much as a personal remembrance as a researched life history of the couple. So, as if one of their stories weren't rich enough, we get two--three, really, since the process of Seth's learning about his uncle's and aunt's lives and revivifying them as a dual narrative adds up to a third storyline. These two individuals, from widely divergent religious and cultural backgrounds, bring together on a larger plane two important national stories of the twentieth century: India during the years of division between and discord among Hindus and Muslims, and Germany under the anti-Semitic Nazi regime. As well as offering an insightful exploration of those broad themes, this beautiful book delivers a passionate answer to a more personal but timeless question of human relations: How do two people ever manage to end up together?" (from Booklist)

Journal Entry 2 by wingApoloniaXwing at Contemporary Asian Literature, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, November 08, 2009

Released 10 yrs ago (11/9/2009 UTC) at Contemporary Asian Literature, Virtual Bookbox -- Controlled Releases

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

CONTROLLED RELEASE NOTES:

This book was part of the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB and is travelling to okyrhoe now.
Happy reading!

Journal Entry 3 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Friday, November 13, 2009
Woo Hoo - my selection from the Contemporary Asian Literature VBB arrived!

***Thanks*** for the book, and of course also for organizing the VBB :-))

(adding a photo of the book's exceptional packaging)

Journal Entry 4 by okyrhoe at T-marbouta cafe (Hamra) in Beirut, All of Lebanon Lebanon on Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Released 10 yrs ago (3/30/2010 UTC) at T-marbouta cafe (Hamra) in Beirut, All of Lebanon Lebanon

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

WILD RELEASE NOTES:

I will release this book on Tuesday March 30 2010 around 9pm, at the table near the entrance of T-marbouta in the Pavilion building, Hamra.

Enjoy!

T-marbouta: Pavillion Center, Ibrahim Abed Aal street, off Hamra street. Open daily from 12pm-1am.
How to get there: Find Librarie Antoine on Hamra Street, and go round the left corner off Hamra street to get "behind" Librarie Antoine. At the Pavillion center, go up one flight of stairs and walk straight ahead to the cafe's entrance.

Journal Entry 5 by okyrhoe from Athens - Αθήνα, Attica Greece on Tuesday, March 30, 2010
(reserved for my comments)

Journal Entry 6 by ChristinaFernan from St Albans, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Saturday, May 08, 2010
My husband got this book during a business trip at a friend's cafe in Beirut and I am just about to read it. It is now in St Albans, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom.

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