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Apart from Love: (Still Life with Memories, Volume 1 and 2) by [Poznansky, Uvi]
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Apart from Love contains volume I and II of Still Life with Memories. It is a unique boxed set, weaving the two volumes together into one story. Do you like historical fiction about the 20th century, especially when it is tinged with romance and wrapped in a family saga? Then this series is for you.

My Own Voice (volume I, “As told by Anita”):
Ten years ago, when she was seventeen, Anita started an affair with Lenny, in spite of knowing that he was a married man. Now married to him and carrying his child, she finds herself condemned to compete with Natasha’s shadow, the memory of her brilliance back in her prime, before she succumbed to early-onset Alzheimer’s. Despite Anita’s lack of education, her rough slang, and what happened to her in the past, Lenny tries to transform her. He wants her to become Natasha.

Faced with his compelling wish, and the way he writes her as a character in his book, how can Anita find a voice of her own? And when his estranged son, Ben, comes back and lives in the same small apartment, can she keep the balance between the two men, whose desire for her is marred by guilt and blame?

The White Piano (volume II, “As told by Ben”):
Coming back to his childhood home after years of absence, Ben is unprepared for the secret, which is now revealed to him: his mother, Natasha, who used to be a brilliant pianist, is losing herself to early-onset Alzheimer’s, which turns the way her mind works into a riddle. His father has remarried, and his new wife, Anita, looks remarkably similar to Natasha—only much younger. In this state of being isolated, being apart from love, how will Ben react when it is so tempting to resort to blame and guilt? “In our family, forgiveness is something you pray for, something you yearn to receive—but so seldom do you give it to others.”

Behind his father's back, Ben and Anita find themselves increasingly drawn to each other. They take turns using an old tape recorder to express their most intimate thoughts, not realizing at first that their voices are being captured by him. These tapes, with his eloquent speech and her slang, reveal the story from two opposite viewpoints.
 
What emerges in this family is a struggle, a desperate, daring struggle to find a path out of conflicts, out of isolation, from guilt to forgiveness.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3347 KB
  • Print Length: 351 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Uvi Poznansky (Dec 25 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WPITP0
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 18 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #597,684 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Apart From Love is a superbly written novel about an inherently dysfunctional family. Ben, now a young man of 27, is asked to return home after his father, Lenny, is injured in a rather bizarre accident at his own wedding. Having angrily left home at the age of 17, Ben has misconceptions about the reasons for his parents’ divorce and the current status of his mother, Natasha, primarily because his father has lied to him. While Ben believes his mother, a brilliant pianist, is performing on a world tour, she is actually in an assisted living facility due the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Lenny’s new wife, Anita, is more Ben’s contemporary than Lenny’s, and an inevitable attraction develops between Ben and Anita.

Uvi Pozansky skillfully develops the story through the voices of her characters which helps the reader cultivate a more rounded picture of their separate perspectives. Some scenes open in a faintly surreal manner, and we are left wondering whether or not this is a scene in the character’s reality or their imagination until it is later revealed. This gives her writing a bit of a paintbrush on canvas effect.

With Apart From Love, Uvi Pozansky has certainly earned five stars, and any reader will savor getting lost in this uniquely original novel.
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(Quote) "What matters is only what's here. I touch my skin right under my breasts, which is where the little one's curled, and where he kicks, 'cause he has to. Like, he don't feel so cosy no more. Here, can you feel it? I reckon he wants me to talk to him. He can hear me inside, for sure. He can hear every note of this silvery music. It ripples all around him, wave after wave. I can tell that it's starting to sooth him. It's so full of joy, of delight, even if to him, it's coming across somewhat muffled. Like a dream in a dream, it's floating inside, into his soft, tender ear. I close my eyes and hold myself, wrapping my arms real soft--around me around him--and I rock ever so gently, back and forth, back and forth, with every note of this silvery marvel. You can barely hear me--but here I am, singing along. I'm whispering words into myself, into him." (end of quote)

Lyrical, sensual, visual, and beautiful words are above. The words paint pictures in our mind, the rhythm and cadence find a home within our ear, our mind, our hearts, and we enjoy it. The "feel" we get from Author Uvi Poznansky is one of authentic language in use, unchanged from the spoken word. It has not been transformed into standard English, and for this reason, is all the more powerful. If you love a well written story, told by an author who understands that words do things, words tell stories about character, about class, about situation, about aspiration, you will love this book. Oh, if you are into grammar, and love books in standard English, then this is not the book you are looking for. Yet I do believe this book is fully capable of providing you with a pleasurable reading experience. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Thomas Jerome Baker
Author of I Live In Chile

I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.
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I didn’t need to read the author’s bio to know she was a poet. The writing is lyrical, eloquent and yes, poetic. And, I could have guessed Poznansky is also an artist, as each scene is painted with lovely sentences and paragraphs that seem to be created out of a vision delivered by a muse. Apart From Love, by Uvi Poznansky is an emotional story told with care. It deals with love and secrets (and all that they entail) and finally, a quest for understanding. We hear this story from Ben, “Here is my latest revelation: I have been in hiding for so long that at this point, by some strange twist, my mind starts rebelling against me. I know it, because – in spite of my efforts to disguise myself, to alter my looks and behavior – I find myself wishing to be found out.” And from Anita, “I open the bedroom window, and feel warm spring air coming in, blowing gently into my face, which feels like a promise.” But I might have enjoyed the cleverly named Mr. Bliss the most. Apart From Love is a beautiful thing to read. Highly recommended.
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A famous poet, translator, and philosopher Samuil Marshak once said that frequent use of highly emotional words robs them of their meaning, making them dull and lackluster, like an old coin losing its shine. And that's exactly what Anita, the young wife of Ben's aging father, says to her husband in the story:

"Just say something to me. Anything." And I thought, Any other word apart from Love, `cause that word is diluted, and no one knows what it really means, anyway.

Coming from uneducated Anita, who is a far cry from being a poet or a philosopher, this thought acquires an even more poignant and raw meaning. She is not trying to impress anyone, she is speaking her heart and her mind, trying to cope with the turmoil of her aging husband's fast decline and her growing attraction for his adult son Ben.

Emotions run high in this story by Uvi Poznansky, made even more prominent by her use of alternating points of view throughout different chapters. All the main characters get a voice and an opportunity to share their thoughts, desires, internal struggles, and guilt, just like Ben eloquently expresses in this passage as he is falling for Anita:

"...I should have been more careful...I am surrounded - and at the same time, isolated. I am alone. I am apart from Love."

A beautifully-written and deeply philosophical book. Highly recommended.
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