Set against the backdrop of two class reunions -- one in 1963, and the next in 1993, 30 years later -- "Ordinary Lives" resurrects Skvorecky's former narrator and alter ego, Danny Smiricky. As the reunions force Danny to reconcile himself to his past, he is plagued by a "torrent of ungovernable thoughts." And as his former classmates begin to understand how he's spent the intervening years, the reader is guided through a history of the major ideologies of the 20th century: from Nazism, to Communism, to capitalism. Skvorecky ...

Ordinary Lives 2009, Key Porter Books, Toronto, Canada

ISBN-13: 9780886194482

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