Le due vite narrate sono quelle del prozio dell'autore, Shanti Behari Seth, e di sua moglie Henny Caro. Per alleviare la solitudine in cui precipita Shanti dopo la morte della moglie, avvenuta nel 1989, la madre di Vikram Seth propone al figlio di "intervistarlo", e durante alcuni mesi di conversazioni l'autore prende appunti per scrivere un libro su di lui. Saranno poi le lettere di Henny, scoperte per caso dal padre di Seth in un baule, a far nascere il progetto del libro, un affresco che spazia dall'India d'inizio secolo - quella dell'infanzia di Shanti - fino all'Inghilterra degli anni 70, quelli vissuti da Vikram con gli zii come ospite nella loro casa londinese.
- ISBN: 883042157X
- Casa Editrice: Longanesi
- Pagine: 552
Sent from India to England, Vicky as they called him, lived with his Uncle Shanti and Hennie. Shanti being from India, Henie who got out of Germany before war broke out, were a very unusual match. As Vickie started college, not sure what he wanted to do, he studied so many things, he literally made
'Two Lives' is an amazing book. It takes you into different worlds and lives. It is a story of author' Uncle Shanti who came to Germany from India to study dentistry, not knowing that he would live his entire life abroad. His whole journey was extraordinary. However, the author was least aware of th Leggi tutto
A sweeping overview of this enormous project taken up by the author can be succinctly provided through his own words: It is true that centuries are arbitrary units - determined, among other things, by the miscalculated date of birth of the founder of a religion and the number of fingers on our hands Leggi tutto
I think Vikram Seth is my favorite Indian author. I read his huge (over 700 pages)novel A Suitable Boy while in Fiji because many of my Indian friends recommended it. It is the wonderful story of several Indian families, often humorous and always beautifully written, that covers the panorama of Indi Leggi tutto
Onvan : Two Lives - Nevisande : Vikram Seth - ISBN : 60599677 - ISBN13 : 9780060599676 - Dar 544 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005
While Two Lives is, on the surface, a double biography, perhaps it is more an intensely personal journey for Vikram Seth-an opportunity to explore the many sides of his uncle, Shanti, and his aunt, Henny, two people who loved and cared for him and were fixed points in his own firmament for most of h Leggi tutto
From the author of A Suitable Boy , one of my all-time favorite books, comes the story of his great-uncle and -aunt, two ordinary people living in extraordinary times. Shanti, his uncle, left India as a young man to study dentistry in Germany in the early 30's, and it was there that he met the Jewish Leggi tutto
Two Lives is a homage to two people(Shanti and Henny) and to a whole generation which despite being separated from us by mere decades, now seems to exist in a different world. The author combines a memoir of his own years with a biography of his aunt and uncle, who helped raise him in London as a te Leggi tutto
This was a completely fascinating read because it told the story of a German Jewish woman, whose mother and sister were killed by the Nazis, but any resemblance to the 'usual' story ends there. She escapes to London, marries an Indian, but what is most interesting is that she maintains her relations Leggi tutto
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook read by Vikram himself. The exchange of letters between Jewish survivors and their German Christian friends after the war was particularly interesting.
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