Londra, città ricca e contraddittoria capace di accogliere ma anche di rifiutare. In una fredda notte invernale viene gettato in uno stagno il corpo di una giovane donna che è lentamente inghiottito dall’acqua sotto lo sguardo di un uomo misterioso. Le vite di cinque persone, in apparenza molto distanti, finiranno tutte per incrociarsi intorno a questo evento: Job, tassista clandestino senza licenza la cui moglie in Zimbabwe non risponde più alle sue lettere; Ian, insegnante idealista proveniente dal Sudafrica; Katie, giornalista newyorkese appena trasferitasi a Londra e reduce da una delusione amorosa; Anna, quindicenne ucraina coinvolta in un giro di sfruttamento della prostituzione; Polly, avvocato attivista nella difesa dei diritti umani e mamma part-time. Cinque personaggi, consapevoli della propria insignificanza nel più ampio quadro dell’umanità, e tuttavia pronti a combattere perché l’umanità abbia un senso, cinque vite coraggiose che riflettono le luci e le ombre di un’intera società.
- ISBN: 8833210448
- Casa Editrice: astoria
- Pagine: 480
Hearts And Minds is the story of five Londoners whose lives interact. A divorced human-rights lawyer, a South African supply teacher, a Zimbabwean cab-driver, a Ukrainian teenager trafficked into prostitution, and an American PA escaping a failed relationship in her home country. But as well as bein Leggi tutto
Ugh. What a disappointment. A lot of intriguing characters and situations, but then way too much telling -- and not enough showing -- about the social ills of modern Britain. In the meantime, basic writerly craft is often overlooked. Perhaps the most egregious example of the author's preference for
Amanda Craig vividly portrays the complexity of modern-day London through the lives of a diverse group of characters, some British and others who have come to live here from abroad either legally or illegally. The novel was reminiscent of Charles Dickens, both in its interweaving of lives and its so Leggi tutto
This book is a winner for a number of reasons. Firstly, it must be said that many books detailing the diverging lives of a number of characters seem to fall short in that they struggle to sufficiently carve out identities for each character that are ‘individual’ enough – they often fall into the tra Leggi tutto
This is Amanda Craig‘s 6th novel, looking at the lives and stories of a group of Londoners. The characters, some of whom have appeared in Ms Craig’s novels before (Hearts and Minds is portrayed as a sequel to two previous novels), are somewhat stock-in-trade (the idealistic teacher in a run-down sta Leggi tutto
I was initially very excited for this book. It was assigned reading for my English class, but I was very ready to read something modern and engaging. Unfortunately, this book did not fill that void. As I started reading, I was enjoying it, until I realised that there were a few major problems. Unfor Leggi tutto
This novel, which was longlisted for the 2010 Orange Prize, is set in contemporary London, and opens with the discovery of the body of a young unknown woman in a pond in upscale Hampstead Heath. From there we are introduced to the five main characters: Polly, an divorced asylum lawyer, who fiercely
A little torn between 4 and 5 stars here but I will give it 5 as it was so absorbing, with lots of fascinating characters, and covered such range. A portrait of modern London, a look at the immigrant experience from a number of perspectives, and an insight at some serious social/political issues. So Leggi tutto
Reread this brilliant book this month. Very ambitious London novel interweaving the stories of legal and illegal immigrants during the early years of the millennium. Many of them are idealistic and well-meaning, some are emphatically not. Hilarious satire of a trendy right-wing magazine alternates w Leggi tutto
A searing examination of modern London. Having lived in London for the past 7 years, this is seeing the city in a new,not very flattering light. A murder in Hampstead and the ripples and connections that flow from it. The sickening violence of child trafficking and the despair of illegal immigration Leggi tutto
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