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Ivan Klima has been acclaimed by The Boston Globe as a literary gem who is too little appreciated in the West and a Czech master at the top of his game In No Saints or Angels a Washington Post Best Book of 2001 Klima takes us into the heart of contempo I m trying to remember if this is the first fiction book I ve read by a Czech author that takes place after the Communist government was overthrown and I think it might just be Something I like about Czech authors not exclusive to Czech authors but go with it here is that politics has been and always will be an important part of their literature likely because they ve been oppressed for so long and publishing literature was something that had to pretty much happen underground so the writers who took the time to publish their works really meant it I think that sort of passion is sort of ingrained in their culture nowI could be talking out of my ass but whateverConsidering this is likely my first contemporary Czech novel it s too early for me to really recall zzzz I thought perhaps the politics would be missing from its pages They ve seen the end of Communism what s to talk about etc etc Of course that s not true but I m an American and that s how we roll we make sweeping generalizations and are snotty as hellThe story is primarily about Kristyna a middle aged divorced dentist and her fifteen year old daughter Jana Jana is getting wrapped up in the drug culture in Prague and Kristyna s not sure which direction to take to bring her daughter back while at the same time she s trying to come to terms with her own family s history It s a story of the 90s in Prague which based on this book were not entirely different from the 90s in America except they had that whole Communist thing fresh in their memories Jana listened to Nirvana and the Screaming Trees and despised her mother and felt betrayed by everyone all things I can relate to having been a fifteen year old girl in the 90s as wellThe points of view split between Kristyna her younger lover Jan and Kirstyna s daughter with no clear distinction It sometimes took a few sentences for me to figure out whose voice I was reading which was annoying at times But it still allowed me to view contemporary Prague through three different eyes something I did appreciate I don t know if my opinion of the book would be different if I lived in Prague before during or after the Velvet Revolution but for what it was with the little knowledge I have and the great amount of interest I have for all things Czech I enjoyed the book

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Teen years her junior but her joy is clouded by worry Jana has been cutting school and perhaps using heroin Meanwhile Kristyna's mother has forced on her a huge box of personal papers left by her dead father a tyrant whose Stalinist ideals she despis The thing I realized with Kl ma is that he writes beautifully about everyday humans so that you somehow find yourself turning page after page entirely enthralled by the beauty and care taken to describe what is at its heart a painfully mundane thing There are no heroines no magic no great cause to overcome in No saints or Angels there are simply people and the lives that they live people and lives that are described by the title itself Kl ma lays their flaws their shortcomings and their normality out for all that is the reader to see and he certainly does not skimp on writing flawed characters Kristyna the main character is as flawed as they come and here story is as bleak as it is beautiful To be fair however Kl ma does not glorify any aspect of the characters writes them at their worst and shares their darkest moments and secrets and invests in watching them learn to cope with what they have wrought to themselves There is an argument to be made that Kl ma is commenting generally through his characters on humanity s fear of failure the fear that we are not leading successful or maybe meaningful lives and that we should not be so concerned with the details of it all that is to say that none of us are saints or angels and that we are simply doing the best that we can at livingNo Saints or Angels is a wonderful social commentary on what it is to make a life for yourself or perhaps aptly to find meaning in experiencing life and its various ups and downsKl ma provides this outlook through a masterful dialogue and relationship between three people who are at very different cornerstones in their life and each trying to live life as they know best where failure or success is a relative and elusive concept

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Rary Prague where the Communist People's Militia of the Stalinist era marches headlong into the drug culture of the present Kristyna is in her forties the divorced mother of a rebellious fifteen year old daughter Jana She is beginning to love a man fif Life is tough Here is a woman a divorced dentist who blames herself for the dissolution of her marriage even though her ex husband cheated on her Now her ex is dying from cancer and she still feels responsible to go to his flat and care for him Her father has recently died and she is helping her mother through that crisis She learns she has a half brother the result of her tyrannical fathers philandering and this half brother is sending her threatening letters As if that is not enough to deal with her teen aged daughter is on drugs at first just a suspicion and then the full blown lying and stealing and now she s headed for re habWhile all this is going on our heroine has a much younger man interested in her But she can t let the relationship develop because she can t get past worrying about when he will leave her She is good at self sabotage This passage on her weariness illustrates the tone of this book It was as if all the burdens I d ever borne all the disappointments I d suffered all the wine I d ever drunk all the cigarettes I d ever smoked and all the sleepless nights all fused togetherThe book translated from Czech holds political themes as well both her ex husband and her new lover work in archives supposedly dedicated to uncovering informers in the country s communist past Her grandmother died in a German concentration campThis book is powerful attention grabbing and well written If you see yourself in this summary read this book It s in part a practical manual about dealing with a kid on drugs There is always hope


10 thoughts on “Ani svatí ani andělé

  1. says:

    Ani svatí ani andělé No Saints or Angels c1999 Ivan KlímaKristyna a dentist lives in Prague with her unruly teenage daughter Jana Born on one of the most momentous days of the last century the day Stalin died Kristyna's life seems full of uncertainties Stories of the death of her grandmother and aunt; memories of her difficult relationship with her late father a member of the Communist Party's feared Peo

  2. says:

    This admirable novel by one of the leading Czech writers of the second half of the twentieth century describes the painful transition in the life of a Prague dentist after the communist regime falls and her society adopts a whole ne

  3. says:

    I'm trying to remember if this is the first fiction book I've read by a Czech author that takes place after the Communist government was overthrown and I think it might just be Something I like about Czech authors not exclusive to Czech author

  4. says:

    Life is tough Here is a woman a divorced dentist who blames herself for the dissolution of her marriage even though her ex husband ch

  5. says:

    I had been trying to read a novel by the Czech master Ivan Klima for fifteen years but something else always intervened Mor

  6. says:

    I read this book just before my trip to Prague as I'd never read anything by a Czech author before It covers so many themes family dynamics depression guilt forgiveness love sex drug abuse communism etc It's a really bleak read but incredibly engaging and wonderfully written

  7. says:

    The thing I realized with Klíma is that he writes beautifully about everyday humans so that you somehow find yourself turning page after page entirely enthralled by the beauty and care taken to describe what is at its heart a painfully mund

  8. says:

    What a beautiful book Absolutely gorgeous It reminded me a little of Raymond Carver's work Glorious prose about everyday and ordinary things It's also interesting how much the German occupation of the Czech Republic during World War II seems to wallpaper fiction about Prague When I lived there post socialism was the main topic of

  9. says:

    It was a story about the past present and future It was interesting to see the past from the war from the German occupation to the soviet occupation and how it still is impacting the lives of everyone who descended from that part of the world The love story was of an older woman with a much younger man but she is depressed and struggling to raise her 14 year old daughter who is into drugs Overall a good book

  10. says:

    It's appealingit's wonderfulit's meaningfulit's realisticit's painfulit's artistic I love it I can't summarize the storyI don't usually but especially this book it is too much and it surpasses the events and the personalitiesit's t

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