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Random Acts of Heroic Love

By Danny Scheinmann

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1992: Leo Deakin wakes up in a hospital somewhere in South America, his girlfriend Eleni is dead and Leo doesn't know where he is or how Eleni died. He blames himself for the tragedy and is sucked into a spiral of despair. But Leo is about to discove Continue

1992: Leo Deakin wakes up in a hospital somewhere in South America, his girlfriend Eleni is dead and Leo doesn't know where he is or how Eleni died. He blames himself for the tragedy and is sucked into a spiral of despair. But Leo is about to discover something which will change his life forever. 1917: Moritz Daniecki is a fugitive from a Siberian POW camp. Seven thousand kilometres over the Russian Steppes separate him from his village and his sweetheart, whose memory has kept him alive through carnage and captivity. The Great War may be over, but Moritz now faces a perilous journey across a continent riven by civil war. When Moritz finally limps back into his village to claim the hand of the woman he left behind, will she still be waiting? Danny Scheinmann paints a dramatic portrait of two men sustaining their lives through the memory of love. Cinematic and brimming with raw emotions, it is the magnificent and emotive debut from a remarkable new writer.

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  • 1 person finds this helpful

    好像愛情故事比較感人,不過看到這裡,如果是幽默愛情小說會更好。

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    Diane said on Aug 28, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    愛情不滅 random acts of heroic love

    由第一頁開始, 我的腦袋就自動將他與角色連結在一起。
    因為他告訴過我, 他是把自己視作喪失了至愛一般地捱著活過來的。
    我覺得那種傷痛被描寫得極其具體, 可能是因為有個想像的對象吧。
    雖然並不相同, 不過我總算可以稍微想像, 原來他一直以來感受到的是類似這樣...
    我猜他的痛苦不全然是為了失去愛人, 有很多很多我無法理解的複雜部分吧?

    想起曾在別的什麼地方讀到的:
    "悲傷無法被遺忘 , 只能用更多的快樂 , 來稀釋掉它在心中的分量"

    "活著、繼續活著、努力活著。對痛失所愛的人,就算苟延殘喘也要 ...(continue)

    由第一頁開始, 我的腦袋就自動將他與角色連結在一起。
    因為他告訴過我, 他是把自己視作喪失了至愛一般地捱著活過來的。
    我覺得那種傷痛被描寫得極其具體, 可能是因為有個想像的對象吧。
    雖然並不相同, 不過我總算可以稍微想像, 原來他一直以來感受到的是類似這樣...
    我猜他的痛苦不全然是為了失去愛人, 有很多很多我無法理解的複雜部分吧?

    想起曾在別的什麼地方讀到的:
    "悲傷無法被遺忘 , 只能用更多的快樂 , 來稀釋掉它在心中的分量"

    "活著、繼續活著、努力活著。對痛失所愛的人,就算苟延殘喘也要活著,因為每一個明天過去之後,時間會是最好的良藥。"

    雷歐最終都療癒了, 祖父的故事帶來安慰, 一段傷痛一段希望...仍能伸手去把握的, 就不顧一切地去珍惜
    即使多絕望都好
    於是祖父最終都能與愛人回見, 而雷歐也捉緊了另一位跟逝去的同樣值得珍惜的人。

    好想陪在你身邊...即使我無法帶來足夠稀釋悲傷的快樂
    好想抱著你對你說:一直以來辛苦你了...

    ***剛好IPOD RANDOM出梁文音的<愛一直存在>...常常都忍不住懷疑我的IPOD仔具有靈性@@"

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    XXI said on Feb 2, 2012 | Add your feedback

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    I should have been more sympathetic with Leo, but I just can;t

    It wasn't the first book I shed tears over, and probably won't be the last, but its definitely the first to see my tears flooded over the first pages.

    Reading this book Y recommended is like conjuring up shards of a long-forgotten time - and to rem ...(continue)

    It wasn't the first book I shed tears over, and probably won't be the last, but its definitely the first to see my tears flooded over the first pages.

    Reading this book Y recommended is like conjuring up shards of a long-forgotten time - and to remember why it was forgotten

    musings on 2010-11-9 (this was written a whole year before the news on 2011-9-17 was broken to me)

    It was peculiar how the book had come to me at precisely this point of my life. Of course I have Joy to be thanked for, but then again isnt there higher forces at work here?

    The reason I couldn't embrace Random Act of Heroic Love entirely was, like every other similar works that centred around tragic love, there always is too little, if any, happenings after the Happily-ever-after. Almost always once the quest is completed, once the hero conquered what he set out to accomplish, the curtain of finale would be drawn. Even though the sole reason and purpose for his suffering and ordeal was the yearning to be united with Lotte again, the length of his ordeal feels like it was the purpose per se. There's simply nothing wroth written about as far as the happily ever after is concerned.

    And where is the poorly rich fiance of Lotte? What had happened to him? Wouldn't he felt used, abused? Wouldn't he feel forlorn, discarded like a piece of commodity that has outlived its purpose, a surrogate that would never meant to be the real thing even had Moritz not return? I can't resent R - No, never had I. For where would he be had I were the one chosen? What would be left of him. No, It was never R I resent but the other person. But then it was a simple __ and I can even work out the logic of it. My unhappiness would be the unhappiness of one person, a few hundred days wasted with some liters of alcohol and tobacco consumed, but to sacrifice Robin would mean the disgrace in addition to the unhappiness of - not just one, or two persons, but two families and anyone else indirectly involved or related to these two. It would be a disgrace that would condemn her for the rest of her life, if not at least a whole bunch of inconvenient and embarrassing formalities that follow.

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    Paul Yeung said on Oct 5, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    主角的心情被描寫得細膩而真實。讀的時候數次撕裂了悲傷的記憶,卻也安慰了情感。

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    Ariel said on Oct 4, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    *** This comment contains spoilers! ***

    雷歐與女友艾蘭妮在南美旅行,一場車禍使女友喪生。從此雷歐對生命的熱情消逝。
    直到遇到物理學博士、父親說出祖父的故事、好友漢娜失去雙親的鼓舞下,
    雷歐找回生命繼續的方向與勇氣。

    文中回顧雷歐祖父在戰爭時依靠回故國尋找祖母而存活下來的意志力非常動人,
    而雷歐穿插在各頁的"動物筆記"也非常有趣。

    原以為很冷門的書卻有令人驚喜的好看。

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    Sally said on Jun 12, 2010 | Add your feedback

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    This read like two novels for me much of the time and I kept wondering why the author had not just made both these terrific stories into two separate novels. Well it is with good reason and eventually all is revealed and makes sense. Although you wil ...(continue)

    This read like two novels for me much of the time and I kept wondering why the author had not just made both these terrific stories into two separate novels. Well it is with good reason and eventually all is revealed and makes sense. Although you will need to make sure you read the epilogue and acknowledgments for full enlightenment.
    The stories are those of the two protagonists, Mortiz Daniecki and Leo Deakin, both stories centring on the young mens search for lost love and the powerful effect this has upon their lives. We are first drawn into Leo’s story when he finds himself in hospital, it is 1992 and has apparently survived an accident in which his girlfiend Eleni has died. He has no recall of events at first and the story unfolds as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of the love of his life.
    At the beginning of the third chapter we are suddenly introduced to Moritz who is dying but wants to ensure that he finishes telling his young sons the story of his desperate journey across Russia during the time of the Revolution and the first World War. The only thing that keeps him going is his love for Lotte, a girl back home that he has only ever shared one kiss with.
    Although I felt I was reading two different novels I did like the way that the author linked them together with notebook entries throughout about the behaviour of other animal species with regard to love. I was also fascinated with the physics lectures that Leo attended and his descriptions about the lives of ants! As for Mortiz and his deathbed story of walking thousands of kilometres over a number of years all on the memory of one kiss it is very moving story of the strength of love.

    Overall for me it was a compelling read which I recommend highly.

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    Lindyloumac said on Oct 19, 2009 | Add your feedback

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  • English Books
  • Paperback 448 Pages
  • ISBN-10: 0552774227
  • ISBN-13: 9780552774222
  • Publisher: Black Swan
  • Publish date: 2008-01-01
  • Dimensions: 180 mm x 838 mm x 1,289 mm
  • Also available as: Hardcover , Softcover , Others , eBook
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