When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant

About the book

In the spring of 1946, Evelyn Sert stands on the deck of a ship bound for Palestine. For the twenty-year-old from London, it is a time of adventure and change when all things seem possible. Swept up in the spirited, chaotic churning of her new, strange country, she joins a kibbutz, then moves on to the teeming metropolis of Tel Aviv, to find her own home and a group of friends as eccentric and disparate as the city itself. She falls in love with a man who is not what he seems when she becomes an unwitting spy for a nation fighting to be born.

Reviewed by Wednesday Reading Group:

Generally well received. The group felt they wanted to find out more about the history/politics of the day. Found it an ‘easy’ but thought provoking read about the variety of Jewishness/her (Evelyn’s) naivety – victim or not?

Star rating: ***

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2 thoughts on “When I Lived in Modern Times by Linda Grant”

  1. Review by Hedge End WI Reading Group:
    A clever and informative book – atmosphere and characters well described. The group learned so much about the time of history when much was changing. Much conversation came from the book with substance. Understood why an Orange Prize winner.
    Star rating: ****


  2. Review by Fareham 5:30 Group
    None of us felt we really enjoyed this book….. but we found it informative and it generated a good discussion about different cultures.
    We didn’t find the characters compelling, although many were well-drawn.
    We thought it showed thatt he author was a journalist…. many sections felt like the protaganist was interviewing people about their views.
    2 and a half to 3 stars


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