- File Size: 377 KB
- Print Length: 36 pages
- Publication Date: July 24, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005EIBNFE
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #821,637 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Living the Velvet Revolution Kindle Edition
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As she spends more time with 23 year old Roman, translator and guide, he tells her of his hopes for expanded opportunities and a new acceptance of meaning for the worth of work...as opposed to the lack of incentive and commitment in the previous forty years. They meet a street vendor, an eighteen year old shoe stand operator, who has rallied to the concept of entrepreneurship with plans to fund his education through his work. He is unusual on the street that now bursts with musical, dance and theatrical performances alongside evolving tributes to past martyrs.
An aging dissident, Pavel, continues to hide in fear of police harassment/recriminations; on signing Charter 77 over previous human rights violations, he was forced underground. His artistry is barely enough to support his family and he cautions Lockwood that no photographs or notes are to be taken in their interview. She complies, wins his trust and an invitation to return.
A middle aged couple, the Mikulas, present a very staid, even disbelieving acceptance and understanding of the revolution. They simply do not have the background to easily abandon their communist upbringing and rise in that system. They hope for more freedom to travel, more educational benefits for their sons but remain myoptic.
Lockwood had trouble making her way through the country's telephone and train systems, running into severe complications and frustrations that indicate transition would be difficult in the future. I would hope she could return one day to revisit the people she met and observe the status of the now split countries, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Lockwood's writing in this extended essay borders on magical in places: "I picture brittle winter air filled with steam from 100,000 Czechs shouting for freedom; Smoke surrounds him (Pavel) like a shroud and then thins out, filling the air with its earthy aroma; and (on the streets) a sense of newness, of release, of possibility that is almost palpable." This is a wordsmith at her best.
From President Vaclav Havel to the many struggling folks who made it happen.
Well written and full of the celebratory feelings of that time.
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interesting for those like me, who have a fascination for this country.