All for Love
by Ved Mehta
Ved Mehta joined the staff of The New Yorker in the 1960s, blind since the age of four and already on his way to a career as a writer. In a series of four relationships he demanded that his lovers, like him, pretend he could see. With lyrical and stirring accuracy, Mehta revisits these love affairs today, tracing the links between his denial of his disability and the cruel...more
Paperback, 456 pages
Published October 8th 2002 by Nation Books
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At times brilliant, at times meandering, this is a brutally honest depiction of one man's failed loves and his efforts to understand what he brought (or didn't bring) to these intimate relationships. Most heart-wrenching of the four tales is that of Lola, with the misunderstandings, pain and confusion rendered in excrutiating detail. The concluding chapter about his four years of deep psychotherapy is interesting, but ultimately a bit of a muddle, especially as a way to conclude the book. All in...more