When I Lived in Modern Times

When I Lived in Modern Times

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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: 9780525945949
0525945946
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 23 cm

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Jun 08, 2006

Recommended ! An 18-year old friend said this was the best book she'd read in the last year, and I thought it was also one of the best books I'd read, as a 62-year old. It's beautifully written, and has a wonderful story to tell - coming-of-age, considering life's choices, choosing a life-path, and living it out ... highlighting also a most interesting period of history.

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