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A Tapestry In Which Every Stitch Counts.
19 August 2018
This is a superb book written in clear, flowing prose featuring exquisitely drawn characters. Unworldly but wealthy wannabe socialist sets out hitch-hiking across Europe with innocent but pragmatic James. They meet a concert-cellist and, on a whim - both personal and whim of fate - they divert to Prague at the climax and, it turns out, tipping edge of Czechoslovakia's brief but thrilling flirtation with freedom under the Soviet boot. There they meet Sam, an official with the British consulate, and his Czechoslovakian girlfriend, Lenka. Their lives are intertwined as the geo-political events follow their course. Despite knowing what happened to the Prague spring this reader was kept enthralled by the will-they-won't-they sequence of events. History, sexual wakening, self knowledge, selfishness and selflessness, patriotism, duty to self and society, professional versus personal responsibility are all woven into the fine tapestry of this novel. It is on the very short list of books I intend reading again.