After reading Random Acts of Heroic Love, it's easy
to understand why it was chosen as a Richard and Judy Book Club pick (Britain's
equivalent of an Oprah Book Club pick). Two intense love stories are told from
male viewpoints, each one inspired by events in author Danny Scheinmann's life
and family history. Leo's story (1992) is told in third person and Moritz's
story (1918) is a first-person narration. The stories are told in alternating
chapters with two distinct voices, and twine together as the novel seeks answers
to difficult questions about love and loss.
The contemporary love story takes place when Leo, age 25, loses Elini, the love of his young life, in a bus crash. Although Leo was with her, he has no recollection of the event. However, as his memory returns, he remembers that he insisted on choosing her seat, the only seat ...
Danny Scheinmann graduated in Law from both the London School of Economics
and University of Strasbourgh (France). He also obtained a degree in Theatre
Studies. His acting career included A Midsummer Nights Dream for the
English Shakespeare Company and an 18-month tour with the David Glass Ensemble
in the Hansel Gretel Machine.
His greatest passion, however, is story-telling. "I have been passionate about story-telling for 20 years. Storytelling is the foundation of all drama. Sadly, in our culture direct, oral tradition storytelling is almost dead. We hardly have the confidence to tell our children stories without referring to books."
Random Acts of Love is Scheinmann's first novel which took him six years to complete, writing ten drafts and four or five "polishes." He has just completed the first draft of the story for film.
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