.....What isn’t in doubt the world over is the veracity of the statement made by former US president Benjamin Franklin: “There are three things which are extremely hard: steel, a diamond and to know oneself.”This almost superhuman task of self-discovery is explored in the moving novel “The Lovers” by Vendela Vida. The tourist town of Datça, almost at the end of the peninsula where the Aegean Sea meets the Mediterranean, is the scene for a voyage of self-discovery for a grieving widow. Even the notes I took in the first few pages to describe the lead character are typical of our “role-definition” approach: “Yvonne from Vermont, widowed, mother of grown-up twins (Aurelia and Matthew), a teacher.” We walk with Yvonne through an emotionally-charged journey of self-discovery. She has returned to Datça, which was the scene of her honeymoon, and some of her journey is triggered by the shock of finding that things have changed there in the intervening 28 years. Some of her journey is triggered by a friendship with a young boy on the beach, founded on her loneliness. Some of her journey is triggered by the tragic accident she witnesses......
Discovering Who Is The Real You
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