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Life, love and everything in between...top-notch story
March 23, 2013
This is the story of two lives interweaving, both at inappropriate and more appropriate moments in time, whether due to coincidence, destiny or fate, or a combination of factors. It is a story about living in the moment, following intuition and dealing, therewith, whatever life may present. As such, it is a story about making the most of your lot in life, without losing touch with yourself and your innermost hopes and dreams.
The story begins and ends with the `chance' meeting of its two main characters, George and Charlotte. The couple have a shared history, although life's inevitable challenges has left them almost friendly strangers. The story's opening chapter briefly describes their re-acquaintance, where things seem tense, before coming to a halt, as George is swallowed by a well of memories. These memories then open the story, as we follow George and Charlotte, albeit separately, in the events that led them to this moment in time. The story's end then cleverly connects back to the opening scene, where the two re-acquaint, and we discover what effect the passage of time and the choices they have each made has meant for their relationship.
In the beginning, we see George struggling to live with himself and the lies he has told (both to himself and those around him), which have left him feeling his life is a farce. We also witness Charlotte struggling to come to terms with herself and her life, although for quite different reasons, as Charlotte has a painful past which has left her wounded and hesitant to move on. However, as the story progresses we witness that, no matter how difficult certain circumstances may seem, there is always light at the end of the tunnel for those who stay true to themselves and persevere in life.
The story is beautifully written, as we gain a true insight into the characters, their feelings and their motivations. The author, David de Wolf, also cleverly uses both art and architecture as background themes, enforcing the fact that life itself, in all its intricacies and possibilities is, undoubtedly, a work of design, selection and remodelling; in itself, a work of art.
de Wolf also grants us vivid descriptions of some of the more enchanting parts of Europe, including Sicily, Florence, Rome and Provence, to name a few. The parallels he draws with the Old World effortlessly enhance the backdrop and mood of the story.