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Elegy for a tormented century,
This review is from: Two Lives (Paperback)
A one-armed dentist and his company secretary wife who quarrel noisily in German without embarrassment in front of uncomprehending English-speaking guests - they do not seem an absorbing subject for a 500-page book, but Vikram Seth takes us under the seemingly ordinary surface to explore the mystery of enduring love and of what it is to be human. Told in beautiful prose, with a poet's eye for telling detail and with deep psychological insight, this double biography is at the same time an elegy for the Twentieth Century. It will make you laugh, it may make you cry, but you will find it hard to put down before you reach the twist in the tail.