Friday, March 6, 2015

A Life of the Twentieth Century by Irene Even

Published September 1, 2014 by

A Life of the Twentieth Century is a fictionalized biography depicting the life of Aya, which started in a small village in the Carpathian Mountains. From there, she went to Budapest where she survived the Nazi occupation. After the war, she went to Palestine and experienced life in a Kibutz. Later, she immigrated to Canada where she graduated with a B.A. and a teacher's diploma from McGill University. Ava spent the rest of her life teaching.

My Thoughts…

Aya lived through more than any person should ever have to.   I start this story thinking I was reading a book about life during the WWII era and ended up with so much more.   As a youngster during WWII her life was not easy.  I could not understand why her family would not protect her better, but when it was revealed why I really disliked her family.   Yet, Aya managed to live through that war and many after that. 

Then enter Mort, ugh what a horrible person.  I thought that maybe I would grow to like or at least understand him, but it never really happen.  I do not know that I have ever met a more self centered person.  As Aya’s story continued I was amazed at how she was able to continue to put one foot in front of the other and go on living.   She is absolutely one of the strongest women I have ever met.  I am in awe of her strength in pushing through tough situations and impossible happenings to her every where she went.   

I was amazed at how different the world was during her time.   She brought to the reader’s attention the happenings in Israel and the Middle East.   She was able to show the difference between a civilized Montreal and the less civilized world of the Middle East.   These are both places that I have not visited but am intrigued by the way their world treats their citizens and reacts to the happenings around them.  

A Life of the Twentieth Century is a historical fiction story.   I definitely recommend checking out this story. 

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About the Author...
 Irene Even was born in Hungary. As a child she lived through the Second World War, using false papers to survive. After the war, she immigrated to Palestine, lived in a Kibbutz, then later married and immigrated to Canada with her family. She returned to Israel to teach English and remained there for twenty-two years. Having written her memoir, A Life of the Twentieth Century, she now lives in retirement in Montreal.

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