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Random Acts Of Heroic Love by [Scheinmann, Danny]
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3.9 out of 5 stars 148 customer reviews

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"Tender and insightful" (Observer)

"Two strikingly different tales of love and grief are gradually revealed to have more in common than just the tenactiy of both men to cling desperately to the memory of love... a lush, romantic novel" (Daily Mail)

"Really is as special as its press suggests... beautifully told... an amazingly assured debut" (Sunday Express)

"This riveting novel is an unforgettable tale of two men sustained by love in times of conflict" (The Lady)

"A tour de force... mesmerizing" (Publishing News)

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'Really is as special as its press suggests...beautifully told...an amazingly assured debut'

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2371 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (4 Sept. 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031RS7LI
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 148 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #94,768 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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RANDOM ACTS OF HEROIC LOVE is a fantastic debut novel by a very talented writer. Scheinmann spent six years writing his debut, and as you read, you can certainly see how it could be viewed as a labour of love. I think this book has been a cathartic experience for Scheinmann, and it just so happens to be a tremendous piece of work.

The book esentially follows two stories - one is of Mortiz Daniecki in 1917. As a survivor of the war, he is captured and put into a POW camp. Yet this is not where his story ends, for what keeps Mortiz fighting to get through the war and back home is the young love he has left behind there, Lotte. Before Moritz heads off to be a soldier, they share a kiss together and it is this kiss that spurs Moritz on; the memory of her sustains him and gives him reason to live. Once he escapes from the camp, Moritz then faces an arduous journey walking his way home, to his love and the life he had before.
The second story is set in 1992 and follows Leo Deakin. At the age of 25, Leo wakes up in hospital having survived a crash whilst travelling in South America. Upon waking, Leo discovers that his girlfriend Eleni did not survive the crash, but he cannot remember anything about it. As he struggles to rebuild his memory of what happened, whilst coming to terms with his loss, you follow him on this journey.

Through these two stories, Scheinmann has managed to explore the many issues of bereavement, love, survival, hope and travelling on physical aswell as philosophical journies in great depth and to great effect. Even if you have never lost a loved one, or been separated from your love, I am sure that you will be able to appreciate and understand the power of the emotions behind this extraordinary novel.
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I loved this book from the first page right through to the last. It is essentially two stories in one novel and I was totally hooked from the first page. Each story was thoroughly absorbing and appear to be completely separate from each other (one is set in 1917 the other in 1995, one is a Russian solider and one is an English student) and the ending is absolutely fitting in their conclusion. Brilliantly written - each of the two narrative voices remain seperate throughout the book and each are thoroughly convincing.

If you are a romantic person, or you are looking for some validation of your own love for someone or if you are just a plain old believer in the power of love this is the book for you. It is a love story that isn't a sex story and is passionate without being slushy. I would recommend it to romantics and hard-hearts alike.
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Personally, I feel that the difference in reviews is down to what you expect from a book. Initially I was a bit dumbfounded by the book, it does seem to kind of, not lead anywhere, and I was initally quite bemused by the two stories merged into one (i.e. one chapter one story, the next a different story). However, as I read the book on holiday I managed to get really stuck into it, and found it incredibly enchanting, a book that really showed insight into two quite contrasting stories. There were a few cliche's, but hey, cliches are only used because they are so good! I found the writing very honest and although a few parts of the novel were not accurate, you have to put that aside and get lost in this amazing book! read it as a person, not as a book critic - and you'll love it!
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Having read the rave reviews on this site, I've come to the conclusion that I must have missed something. The description of Moritz's trek across Siberia is admittedly pretty gripping, but unfortunately is relegated to second place by the modern day exploration of Leo's grief following the sudden death of his girlfriend. I'm sure there is something of value in terms of exploring the difficult subject of bereavement within the pages of this book, but it is buried beneath clumsy prose and a cast of paper thin supporting characters that it is impossible to care about. The 'physicist' spouting cod philosophy is particularly cringeworthy, and the renewal of the relationship between Leo's parents came a close second.

Incidentally, I'm quite confused as to how Leo gained the ability to understand Polish and read the letters in the space of a few days. I kept expecting this new found skill to be explained in the last few pages, but was left scratching my head at the end.
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Five stars are not enough! 'Random Acts of Heroic Love', is an incredible debut novel from Danny Scheinmann. A labour of love in itself; in his acknowledgements the author says it took six years and numerous drafts to get it right, but all that painstaking work has paid dividends. It's a wonderfully rich, insightful and wrenchingly emotional novel.

The story begins in 1992 with Leo, a young PhD student, waking up in an Ecuadorian clinic to find that his girlfriend Eleni is dead. Eleni. His soulmate. The other half of his whole. She's been killed in a bus crash they were in - the only victim of the crash. Leo's loss, and his attempt to go on living, picking up the pieces of his previous existence, without Eleni, is just one half of the book. Leo turns to Physics to try and find some answers and interspersed throughout the pages of the novel are facsimile pages from a journal Leo was keeping to help him get through Eleni's death... One of the quotes Leo finds is the one I used for the title of my review.

The other story, which picks up at chapter 3, is every bit as heart-wrenching. It is the story of another young man from Galicia, Moritz Daniecki, caught up in the war on the Russian Front as a soldier from 1914 through to 1917. In 1914 before the outbreak of war, young Moritz meets the love of his life, Lotte, and they declare their love for each other before Moritz goes to war. During the war he suffers unbearable conditions before finally escaping from a prisoner of war camp in Sibera. Moritz tells the story of how he is driven across the Siberian wilderness by his everlasting love for Lotte. It is her memory and the letters that he writes to her that keeps him going on his journey... not knowing what he will find at the end.

The two stories are truly beautiful.
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