1968-Paris. Europe. The 60s. Turmoil and innocence. Self-discovery and new freedom. Alex, a young American, Vietnam veteran, lives in Paris. The absurdity of that ugly war had turned the youth of America into cynics. Many went to Europe not just to flee America but to try to find another way of life. Alex, a freelance journalist, keeps getting too involved in the stories he covers: Greece and its police state; "Prague Spring" and the Russian invasion; Parisian students facing the gendarmes across the barricades around the Sorbonne.
And then there are the women: Cécile, French, sophisticated, worldly; Iris, Greek, earthy, as mysterious as ancient Greece itself; Lisa, American, from a set of twins, innocent but not naïve, and as American as apple pie, along with a cast of unique and exotic characters, idealists, poets, artists, gangsters, and revolutionaries, all caught up in the powerful events of great historical significance to their generation.
In 1968 our lives and the world changed. And the changes are still echoing and will continue to affect our lives in unforeseeable ways. Two major and momentous occurrences took place in Europe in 1968: The May students' revolt in Paris which was one of the most tumultuous events to happen in this city that nearly toppled the government, paralyzed France, and defined the generation that experienced it. And the invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Russians and its eastern European allies meant to crush the Prague Spring freedom movement.
At the End of the Day is a novel set mostly in Paris, a magical city that has always been a great magnet for expatriate Americans. An intense, funny, rich and unique tale that deals not only with the events of 1968, but also with each character's journey in his search for love, hope, self-identity, and for the place he will occupy in life. The first novel that uses the events of May '68, in Paris, as a canvas to tell a beautiful love story that captures, in dramatic and vivid details what happened when the City of Love is bent on crushing youth and freedom.
Ed Levesko studied at the Sorbonne University in Paris.
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This is a new author for me, and it talks about events that happened before I was born. I thought the author’s technique was a tad long winded but for a first novel it was acceptable. At times it was humorous and the characters where believable and very well described! I found it to be a good read and would definitely consider reading more by this author. I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.