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How It All Began

Ets a business 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 ill. 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 Calling Me Home partner who might The Taint of Lovecraft 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 Mr. Francis Wife powerful role of chance in The Shadow People people's lives and deftly ill. 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 The Aliens Mate (Warriors of Luxiria, 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 Degrees of Elevation 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 Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels 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 The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook 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 Vietnam Perkasie places in the mouth of Henry retired University A Proper Hellhound: A Montague & Strong Detective Story 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 Losing Strength and Dexterity proposal that had the nose of Cleopatra been an inch longer the fortunes of Rome would have been different A reductio ad absurdam Afghanistan 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 The Black Sheeps Secret Child 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 The Billionaires Desire personalities that direct events the human hand that steers the course of timeA decision is made in one After the Flood place and far away a thousand will die Then consider Kate Atkinson s contemplation of this uestion whom she gives to Ursula her Trust in Tomorrow protagonist Don t you wonder sometimes Ursula said If just one small thing had been changed in the Manga: Pure Soldier OTOMAIDEN 4 (English Edition): Strategy of Demonic Vassal Part 1 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 After the Flood 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 Bronxwood passion the younger man has for stories He d had trouble learning English both spoken and written but he was NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 passionate about stories So she teaches him rather than the language of commerce the language of Acquiring the Mind of Christ poetry She gave him stories and his The Internal Magic of Activision Dragster passion for stories developed into a The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, passion for words which he collected assiduously and used ardently He loved and was loved though words It was delightful

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Ustrates 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 work. 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 the first pageA face is alongside hers Woman Nice woman Or another sentence a few pages later So Just what one didn t want Being a burden and all that What one had hoped to avoid UghSentences are filled with ellipses and narrations are changed abruptly Like when Lively is in Jeremy s mind and then suddenly starts describing him in a different way Jeremy may seem a somewhat contradictory figure Here is someone I feel so much better having decided to chuck this

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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 How It eBook #9734 after an illicit love affair is revealed through an errant cell phone message a posh yet financially strapped interior designer me. 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 adultery throw in some of Penelope Lively s humor and you get a delightful bookCharlotte the mugged 77 year old was my favorite character A retired English teacher she was forced to go stay with her middle aged daughter because of a broken hip Her remarks on reading and books and their role in her life was a treat I loved the scene where she had a doctor s appt and grabbed a book at the last minute to take to the waiting room The book was The DaVinci Code and she knew after just a few pages that it would not do So she was left holding the book and worried that now people will think I m the type of person who reads The DaVinci Code Book nerd problemsAnother uote from Charlotte She is as much a product of what she has read as of the way in which she has lived she is like millions of others built by books for whom books are essential foodstuff who could starve without Oh yes my kind of book


About the Author: Penelope Lively

Penelope Lively is the author of many prize winning novels and short story collections for both adults and children She has twice been shortlisted for the Booker Prize once in for her first novel The Road to Lichfield and again in for According to How It eBook ☆ Mark She later won the Booker Prize for her highly acclaimed novel Moon TigerHer other books include Going Back; Judgement Day; Nex.



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 o

  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 st

  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 adultery; throw in some of Penelope Lively's humor and you get a delightful bookCharlotte the mugged 77 year old was my favor

  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 of control overdraft a separation a new business an embarrassment a

  5. says:

    Oh I dearly loved this book about an event which spawned a series of follow on events some of which could be term

  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 sto

  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 B

  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

  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 the first pageA face is alongside hers Woman Nice woman Or another sentence a few pages later So Ju

  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 of characters linked together in a tapestry of interlocking threadsThe catalyst that precipitates the butterfly effect is the mugging and subseuent injury of Charlotte Rainsford an elderly widow Because Charlotte has broken her hip she is obliged to move in temporarily

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