Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann

Black Swan

Mark Haddon

"Tender and insightful"




If it hadn't been on the 'Richard & Judy's Book Club' list, I probably wouldn't have picked-up 'Random Acts of Heroic Love'. However, I did and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. The novel is both a light and heavy read, if that's possible. The style of writing, vocabulary and tone made it very easy to just pick-up and read a couple of pages at a time. The actual content of the plot is a little heavier though.

The book is divided into two stories: one set in the present day with English Leo and another following Moritz in the ever changing Eastern Europe during WWI. There is a feeling from the beginning (perhaps also aided by a hint on the back cover!) that the two characters are in some way connected.  My immediate thoughts ultimately proved correct, although I didn’t think they were after mid-reading a date.  Even working out the link earlier does not help you to understand the relevance though, which doesn’t become clear until the end.

The best part of this novel is the grittier way it deals with the loss of both characters and their battles to regain their life and love.  Whilst Moritz’s ordeal isn’t driven by death like Leo’s is, his pain feels just as intense given the turbulent times he lives in.  This book is definitely worth a read and whilst it can leave you feeling a little heavy-hearted at times, the final feeling really is that one can overcome anything no matter how tragic it may be.



Reviewed on 09/04/2008 by Angela


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