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All for Love

3.8 of 5 stars 3.80  ·  rating details  ·  30 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published August 26th 2001 by Nation Books
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Urenna Sander
Autobiographical novel of a man, who is disabled by blindness and the disappointing relationships with several women. Mehta is honest and open with his emotions; something that few men would do.
I live oceans away from New York, and my knowledge of The New Yorker is limited to the two copies I own. An article by John McPhee in one of them introduced me to their erstwhile copy-editor, Eleanor Gould Packard and I have since read everything I could find about her. I picked up this book because it was edited by her.

And I am glad I did. This is the first I've read by Ved Mehta. The account is not only engaging and informative, but also brutally honest. I've come out feeling wiser and eager
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
A very good book. It is biographical about this author. It tells of his four loves (women). He is blind and from India.
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