Ordinary Lives
by Josef Skvorecky (9780886194482)

Ordinary Lives
Josef Skvorecky
Release Date: 01 September 2009
Format: Paperback
Pages: 237
Category: Literary
ISBN: 9780886194482
ISBN-10: 0886194482

Set against the backdrop of two class reunions -- one in 1963, and the next in 1993, 30 years later -- "Ordinary Lives" resurrects Skvorecky's former narrator and alter ego, Danny Smiricky. As the reunions force Danny to reconcile himself to his past, he is plagued by a "torrent of ungovernable thoughts." And as his former classmates begin to understand how he's spent the intervening years, the reader is guided through a history of the major ideologies of the 20th century: from Nazism, to Communism, to capitalism. Skvorecky juxtaposes the defining moments of the modern era with the ordinary lives of his recurring characters. Beautifully written, slim but powerful, this novel is an apt culmination of a literary master's extraordinary career.

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