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Blast from the Past by Ben Elton
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Mar 21, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: novels, comedy, great-britain, women-s-issues

This book is funny and scary and deeply sad. At its core, it is a love story about how a ruthlessly ambitious army man has a passionate affair with a teenage radical pacifist. The affair changes her enough to the leave the movement and changes him enough to become a little more sensitive. They meet again, decades later, and end up comparing their lives. The question that creates the tension is whether they still love each other and whether they changed each other enough.
Unfortunately, the protagonist discovers she can still care deeply for this man and be repulsed by so much of who he is and what he stands for. The tragedy is that he changed her just enough to be unhappy with her choices and she changed him just enough that he needs to eradicate their past.
Thank goodness she finds someone who can reconcile her with her past.
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