A Partisan's Daughter

A Partisan's Daughter

Book - 2008
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From the acclaimed author ofCorelli's MandolinandBirds Without Wings("de Bernières has reached heights that few modern novelists ever attempt" --The Washington Post Book World) comes an intimate new novel, a love story at once raw and sweetly funny, wry and heartbreakingly sad. He's Chris: bored, lonely, trapped in a loveless, sexless marriage. In his forties, he's a stranger inside the youth culture of London in the late 1970s, a stranger to himself on the night he invites a hooker into his car. She's Roza: Yugoslavian, recently moved to London, the daughter of one of Tito's partisans. She's in her twenties but has already lived a life filled with danger, misadventure, romance, and tragedy. And although she's not a hooker, when she's propositioned by Chris, she gets into his car anyway. Over the next months Roza tells Chris the stories of her past. She's a fast-talking, wily Scheherazade, saving her own life by telling it to Chris. And he takes in her tales as if they were oxygen in an otherwise airless world. But is Roza telling the truth? Does Chris hear the stories through the filter of his own need? Does it even matter? This deeply moving novel of their unlikely love--narrated both in the moment and in recollection, each of their voices deftly realized--is also a brilliantly subtle commentary on storytelling: its seductions and powers, and its ultimately unavoidable dangers.
Publisher: New York :, Alfred A. Knopf,, 2008.
Edition: First U.S. edition.
ISBN: 9780307268877
030726887X
Branch Call Number: FIC DEB
Characteristics: 193 pages ; 22cm

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doroschelch
Aug 24, 2012

Certainly not as concise as
De Bernieres' Birds Without Wings as far as the historical content goes (in this case it's Tito's Yugoslavia), but still: it gives you insights into what life might have been there at the time - and it's the story of two lonely individuals whose lives touch each other for a while.

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vwruleschick
Mar 31, 2011

This is a short read about a middle-aged man who meets up with woman from the former Yugoslavia and tells him of her stories of her life and how their relationship evolves over time. It was an interesting read with some interesting characters.

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