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When I Lived in Modern Times

Grant, Linda

(Book - 2001)
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
When I Lived in Modern Times
A number-one bestseller in London and the winner of Britain's prestigious Orange Prize for Fiction, When I Lived in Modern Times is one woman's story of discovery--of herself, of her heritage, and of the nation that would one day become Israel. It is April 1946. For a weary and exhausted Europe, it's a time to begin picking up the pieces of the past, and for the armies of displaced persons on the move to slowly return home--if they still have one. But for Evelyn Sert, a twenty year-old woman from London standing on the deck of a ship bound for Palestine, it is a time of adventure and a time of change when anything seems possible.Landing on the shores of a nation fighting to be born, Evelyn is quickly caught up in the spirited, chaotic churning of her new, strange country. Unsure of herself and where she belongs in this world whose only constant is change, she will become Eve and work in the unbearable heat of a kibbutz. As Evelyn, she will find a home, and a collection of friends as eccentric and disparate as the teeming metropolis of Tel Aviv itself. And as Priscilla, she will find love with a man who is not what he seems to be, as she is swept up as an unwitting spy in an underground army that is beyond anything she's ever imagined.A coming-of-age story unlike any other, When I Lived in Modern Times illuminates a page of Twentieth century history that is at once exotic and familiar through the eyes of one of the most unforgettable heroines in contemporary fiction.
Publisher: New York : Dutton, 2001.
ISBN: 0525945946
Branch Call Number: FICTION
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 23 cm


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Oct 21, 2014
  • WVMLStaffPicks rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In 1947, twenty-something Evelyn Sert, a Jewish Londoner, lands in the newly-created, Bauhaus-inspired city of Tel Aviv, a place and time where the promise of both personal and political idealism and reinvention draws an array of colourful refugees. Both naïve and unsentimental, Evelyn becomes enmeshed in a chaotic world of underground resistance, full of ambiguities and moral paradoxes.


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