How It All Began (Kindle ePUB Pdf) author Penelope Lively

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Ss partner who might prove too good to be true; an old guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill conceived idea for a TV miniseries; and a middle aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance of some new friendsThrough a richly conceived and colorful cast of characters Penelope Lively explores the powerful role of chance in people's lives and deftly illustr. Oh I dearly loved this book about an event which spawned a series of follow on events some of which could be termed momentous in the context of a life The story was funny and true and ridiculous and painful and all those things that life can be It was comforting to hear about folks whose lives had hit a major speed bump but who managed by shuffling the deck to usher in a new chapter in their lives one that they liked even better But it is lightly told and not so painful for us safely behind our reading glasses sipping tea and considering just how awful divorce could befor the characters of courseI was also struck by parallels between the theme in this book by Lively and Kate Atkinson s new offering Life After Life It is almost as though the grande Dames of British Literature were given a writing assignment to mull over the possibility that Hitler had never been born or had died in early life before the tragedy of World War II The assignment might have specified that they didn t have to focus on the 1940 s they just had to mention Hitler and make their story relevant to a new reality Consider Lively s contribution that she places in the mouth of Henry retired University professor and a man sure of his talent to make history interesting and relevant I myself have a soft spot for what is known as the Cleopatra s nose theory of history the proposal that had the nose of Cleopatra been an inch longer the fortunes of Rome would have been different A reductio ad absurdam perhaps but a reference to random causality that makes a lot of sense when we think about the erratic seuence of events that we call history And we find that we home in on the catalysts the intervention of those seminal figures who will direct events Caesar himself Charlemagne Napoleon Hitler If this man or that no this person or that had not existed how differently could things have turned out Focus upon a smaller canvas England in the eighteenth century of indeed any other century and we find again that it is personalities that direct events the human hand that steers the course of timeA decision is made in one place and far away a thousand will die Then consider Kate Atkinson s contemplation of this uestion whom she gives to Ursula her protagonist Don t you wonder sometimes Ursula said If just one small thing had been changed in the past I mean If Hitler had died at birth or if someone had kidnapped him as a baby and brought him up in I don t know say a uaker household surely things would be different And it is a great theme to be going along with eliminating those pesky outsized actors from our history After all isn t life complicated enough with just our own mistakes to manageIn any case the thing that really caught my attention in this book and that I loved above even the story something which Lively spends some time considering how a story can draw us in is the discussion an older woman a retired teacher of literature as it happens has with a younger economic migrant to whom she is teaching the fundamentals of reading They speak of language words and the passion the younger man has for stories He d had trouble learning English both spoken and written but he was passionate about stories So she teaches him rather than the language of commerce the language of poetry She gave him stories and his passion for stories developed into a passion for words which he collected assiduously and used ardently He loved and was loved though words It was delightful Skandal na simpoziju old guard historian tries to recapture his youthful vigor with an ill conceived idea for a TV miniseries; and a middle aged central European immigrant learns to speak English and reinvents his life with the assistance Dear Girls Intimate Tales Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life of some new friendsThrough a richly conceived and colorful cast Hired To Love of characters Penelope Lively explores the powerful role Poslednja stanica Britanija of chance in people's lives and deftly illustr. 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Summary How It All Began

How It All Began

Ates how our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full of keen insights into human nature How It All Began is an engaging contemporary tale that is sure to strike a chord with her legion of loyal fans as well as new readers A writer of rare wisdom elegance and humor Lively is a consummate storyteller whose gifts are on full display in this masterful wo. A lovely character driven study in which life is impacted by Charlotte s mugging and injury Set in motion is a chain of events that reuire multiple characters to make thoughtful decisions and choices Aging parents romantic affairs financial crises and academian jealousies are human complications and worries A smoothly written reflection on aging memories books immigrants and love A peaceful read with great insight into everyday life Rounded up from 375 stars Imagine Me our paths can be altered irrevocably by someone we will never even meet Brought to life in her hallmark graceful prose and full Beyond Temptation of keen insights into human nature How It All Began is an engaging contemporary tale that is sure to strike a chord with her legion Past Due Debt Collection of loyal fans as well as new readers A writer Die Visioene Van Johanna Brandt of rare wisdom elegance and humor Lively is a consummate storyteller whose gifts are The Neuropsychology of Self Discipline on full display in this masterful wo. A lovely character driven study in which life is impacted by Charlotte s mugging and injury Set in motion is a chain The Accidental Activist on aging memories books immigrants and love A peaceful read with great insight into everyday life Rounded up from 375 stars

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A vibrant new novel from Penelope Lively a wry wise story about the surprising ways lives intersect When Charlotte Rainsford a retired schoolteacher is accosted by a petty thief on a London street the conseuences ripple across the lives of acuaintances and strangers alike A marriage unravels after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message; a posh yet financially strapped interior designer meets a busine. Around the 100 page mark I was wondering with a growing apathy what was at stake in this novel All the characters seemed stuck at a red light Then of a sudden the lights turned to green and it flourished into life and I grew immensely fond of all the characters The novel begins when an elderly widow Charlotte is mugged and injures her hip As a result she is forced to live with her daughter until she recovers This will precipitate small events that change the lives of a small cast of characters who are all connected in some peripheral way to Charlotte and her daughter In this novel Lively has perfected her breezy sketchy style of writing which enables her to move so deftly and uickly between characters between the present and the past My favourite characters were the Serbian immigrant who aspires to be an accountant but is forced to work on a building site to whom Charlotte gives English lessons and the deluded musty aristocratic historian who is being duped by his ambitious assistant as he toils away at writing his memoirs There s lots of wise stuff about growing old about the importance in our lives of stories and about how interconnected we all areAlthough it starts off slow I didn t want this novel to end so much was I enjoying it in the final third


10 thoughts on “How It All Began

  1. says:

    Another charming and erudite novel from Penelope Lively whose books are always a pleasure to read This one was conceived as an illustration of t

  2. says:

    Around the 100 page mark I was wondering with a growing apathy what was at stake in this novel All the characters seemed stuck at a red light Then of a sudden the lights turned to green and it flourished into life and I grew immensely fond of all the characters The novel begins when an elderly widow Charlotte is mugged and injures her hip As a result she is forced to live with her daughter until she recovers

  3. says:

    I loved this book about how an event in this case a mugging of an elderly lady can have reverberating affects on so many other people A light read on the surface but touching on some serious subjects of life aging and adul

  4. says:

    In How it All Began Penelope Lively proposes the butterfly effect in the small lives of ordinary people When an elderly mother is mugged her daughter cannot accompany her boss to an appointment This mugging this random event precipitates a series of life altering events an impending divorce a new business affiliation a budding romance an out

  5. says:

    Oh I dearly loved this book about an event which spawned a series of follow on events some of which could be termed momentous in the context of a life The story was funny and true and ridiculous and painful and all those things that life can be

  6. says:

    Friends whose opinions I highly value have enjoyed this book I can only explain my personal reaction Perhaps it is best you read other reviews tooPlease start by reading the short GR book description The first paragraph tells you how the stor

  7. says:

    I went ahead and marked this five stars for amazing because it's rare that a contemporary novel is uotable The main character is an educated British woman in her seventies recovering from a mugging First sentence The pavement rises up and hits her Terrific right? Here's a bit from when she's ruminating on being in constant pain from the resultant broken hip Ah old age The twilight years that delicate phrase Twilight my foot roar

  8. says:

    A lovely character driven study in which life is impacted by Charlotte’s mugging and injury Set in motion is a chain of events that reuire multiple characters to make thoughtful decisions and choices Aging parents romantic affairs financial crises and academian jealousies are human complications and worries A smoothly written reflection on aging memories books immigrants and love A peaceful read with great insight into everyd

  9. says:

    This is how it all beganWhile the premise of this book the butterfly effect is intriguing the execution was a real turn off Incomplete sentences and a very British style and I love England kept me from getting into it Take

  10. says:

    How It All Began by Penelope Lively is a delightful novel that illustrates how a single incident sets off a series of ramifications on the lives

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