His first year is followed by intense travel in Europe. Seth later explained to Gordon that he had passed the interview not because of commercial considerations, but because unlike the others he was the only agent who seemed as interested in his poetry as in his other writing. Apart from the author's own interaction with Henny, which gives some indication of her character, the rest of her life is not so clear. I question whether these parts of the book were needed. While, from his letters when serving overseas, Shanti appears desperately enamoured of Henny, her response and even availability - given the shadowy presence of Hans Mahnert - is clouded in ambiguity. It sometimes seems as though the author took a bunch of documents and pieced them together without much commentary in between.
If one does know about them it leaves one feeling as if one were flying over lands one would like to see more of by descending and wal I just finished the Memoir about Two Lives. An unusually forthcoming writer whose published material is replete with un- or thinly-disguised details as to the personal lives of himself and his intimates related in a highly engaging narrative voice, Seth has said that he is somewhat perplexed that his readers often in consequence presume to an unwelcome degree of personal familiarity with him. At first, unconsciously, as Seth points out, they defaulted to the surprising similarities between the values of the Indian Hindu and German Jewish cultures, and later added to them a proper dollop of middle class English quotidian. Reading Two Lives was not simple and it wasnt straightforward. It seemed like structured the book around trying to present every bit of information that he had about every thing related to their lives, rather than build a cohesive narrative. We follow their lives, both back in time and forward to their deaths, and learn something of their relationship to each other, to each other's family and friends, and to Vikram Seth himself.
He was largely raised by his older siblings, especially his brother Raj and his sister Hirabehn, who comes through in the narrative as a combination of affectionate mother figure and canny disciplinarian. Later he moved to the United Kingdom and read at ,. And, in addition to the anguish of learning about the fate of her family, Henny had to deal with her ambivalent feelings toward her non-Jewish friends. That question wasn't answered clearly for me because it was the wrong one to ask. Even though I've read my history books, it was still a little shocking to read in her friends' letters just how hard life was no matter what one's religion was after the war. His children's book, 1992 consists of ten stories about animals. At one point in the novel, Henny's story takes center stage, thanks to a bunch of letters Seth discovered after her death.
She was a Jewish native of Berlin. The strange journeys we undertake on our earthly pilgrimage, the joy and suffering we taste or confer, the chance events that cleave us together or apart, what a complex trace they leave: so personal as to be almost incommunicable, so fugitive as to be almost irrecoverable. Its story is both personal and universal. In France much trouble visits one if one happens to even transit through the country in an airport with any sign of any other religion displayed on one's person, whether in form of a piece of jewellery or a Tilaka or a turban, or head covered by a scarf that cannot be recognised as haute coutoure of the approvable - read European - origins. Later sections deal variously with her post-war correspondence with old friends - some Disappointing memoir of an Uncle Indian and Aunt Jewish German , with whom Seth lived for a while. Also by the Author A Suitable Boy 1993 : Seth, in tracing the lives of four families, creates a sprawling saga in 1950s India.
The meaning refers to the importance of looking forward as well as remembering the past. And he, through Two Lives, has ensured that their lives do not fade into obscurity. Later on, he found work as a dentist but soon he was asked to leave due to the abrupt rise of the Nazis. It was only after the war, through her friends' letters, that Henny learned that both had perished in concentration camps. Two Lives by Vikram Seth is one such piece, and flipping page after page of a beautiful tale of love, life, friends, fiends and a time marked by events so strong, that half a century is defined by them, you There are biographies and then there are memoirs, and then there is that which is an intriguing 'braid' of the two. Also, the book was a lot more depressing than I thought I would be. And it was definitely interesting to read all of the letters from the author's great-aunt in-law , who was a German Jew who escaped to Britain in the late 30s, to her acquaintances in Germany at the I was very surprised by how quickly this book went by.
At other times it provides context - including an important context of the colonisation of Palestine by European Jews and what that did to displace Palestinian people. One might think along the lines logically, though, and see if such a principle has been applied to any other nations that were formed on basis of a religion and displaced people living there for settling others from faraway lands. It wasn't written in a particularly exciting way, nor did it make any effort to express an atmosphere or immerse you in the narrative the author commented a lot on his approach as he went along , but there was still something touching about it. Part memoir, part biography of the author's Oxford years spent with his great aunt and uncle, part a memoir of this couple who met in Berlin in the 1930s and merged their disparate lives into a memorable partnership in London. The last few pages of the book see a return, for me, to Seth's most sensitive writing - '.
This suggests another hazard for the writer of history, that of emotional involvement and the struggle he or she may have in taking a step back. But I think his best book is Two Lives, the story of the aunt and uncle he lived with while going to university in London. For me, the most fascinating part of the book was the detailed account of how his aunt picked up relations with her circle of German friends after the war. But Lola remained in Berlin with their mother. But I think his best book is Two Lives, the story of the aunt and uncle he lived with while going to university in London.
Henny Caro, the lady with scars from a time that unjustly descended on her family in the form of a dictator who would go on and be responsible for the lives of thousands of people in one of the central countries of Europe, is an interesting ice-maiden of sorts, until the author pleasantly unveils her caring, motherly side. It sometimes seems as though the author took a bunch of documents and pieced them together without much commentary in between. Vikram Seth's novel is, at its core, a love story: Lata and her mother, Mrs. Rupa Mehra, are both trying to find -- through love or through exacting maternal appraisal -- a suitable boy for Lata to marry. This impressed me as well as annoyed me.