- Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Black Swan; 1st Black Swan edition edition (1 Jan. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552774227
- ISBN-13: 978-0552774222
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 2.6 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 150 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,990 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Random Acts Of Heroic Love Paperback – 1 Jan 2008
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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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One story follows a young man, Leo, at the end of the nineties who has lost his girlfriend in a tragic accident, it explores his recovery over the following year. Unfortunately the characters in this part of the tale are unconvincing and underdeveloped - the perfect hospital orderly, the Greek consul in Equador, the friend Hannah, his father, his room-mate, the grief counsellor, the landlady and, worst of all, the quantum physicist who explains human emotions, love and grief in terms of colliding electrons (seriously). The relationship Leo had with his dead girlfriend was too perfect and unrealistic although I did feel for Leo's pain, but that was the only part of this storyline that held my attention.
The second story line follows a soldier in the first world war who is taken to a POW camp in Siberia and embarks on a long journey back to Poland to find his childhood sweetheart - this seems to be based on the Author's Grandfather. It is by far the more gripping story, but the dying man's recounting of it to his 6 year old son is not very convincing.
Inevitably, the two stories collide and connect, but the connection is very predictable - It is not the stunning climax promised.
I found the book patronising - I get annoyed when novellists try to educate us - and I am afraid that is what happens here - from history in the first world war, the Russian revolution, quantum physics (the spiritual aspect thereof(?)), the mating habits of many species and so on.
If you like Romantic fiction you will like this book. Personnally, I would still recommend you get it from the library or borrow it before you buy....
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