Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the BookishEach week, we get a theme to list our top tens. 

This week's Top Ten pick : Top Ten Book Romances That You Think Would Make It In The Real World

We the Living by Ayn Rand

The book starts with.....

"Kira Arguonova entered Petrograd on the threshold of a box car. She stood straight, motionless, with the graceful indifference of a traveler on a luxurious ocean liner, with an old blue suit of faded cloth, with slender sunburned legs and no stockings. She had an old piece of plaid silk around her neck and short tousled hair, and a stockingcap with a bright yellow tassel. She had a calm mouth and slightly widened eyes witha defiant, enraptured, solemnly and fearfully expectant look of a warrior who is entering a strange city and is not quite sure whether he is entering it as a conqueror or a captive."

Taken from Wikipedia

The story takes place from 1922 to 1925, in post-revolutionary Russia

A heroine like Kira has two men in her life, Leo and Andrei....Kira loves Leo and Andrei loves Kira.....

Kira and Leo are shown to be united by their desperate lives, and their lofty beliefs that ran counter to what were being thrust on them by the State. After a couple of meetings, when they share their deep contempt for the state of their lives, the two plan to escape together from the land, on a clandestine mission operated by secret ships. He contracts tuberculosis and is prescribed treatment and recuperation in a sanatorium in Crimea in the South. Kira's efforts to finance his treatment fail, and her passionate appeals to the authorities to get State help for his stay at the sanatorium fall on deaf ears.

Andrei, an equally important person in Kira's life, is portrayed by Rand as a man of character, resolve, and an unassailable loyalty to his party and ideology. Despite his political beliefs, Kira finds him to be the one person she could trust, and with whom she could discuss her most intimate thoughts and views. Not even Leo could fulfill that role for her. Andrei's affection and respect for Kira knows no bounds, and it slowly turns into love. Worried what this might do to their "beautiful and rare" friendship, he starts avoiding Kira. Kira misses him, and needs his help. Eventually when she confronts him in his house, Andrei explains his avoidance of her and confesses his love for her. Kira is dismayed at first, but recovers to find in it a way to finance Leo's treatment. Reluctant, but in desperation, she feigns love for Andrei, and agrees to become his mistress in return for the promise of complete secrecy about their relationship. Kira is never comfortable with what she was doing with her body, but is even more frightened by "what she was doing to another man's soul".

Kira remains loyal to her love for Leo until the end, and says at one point, "When a person dies, one does not stop loving him, does one?"


I feel that such situations happen in real life and love does drive one to madness..

Only one novel....and this is it...

6 comments:

Deb Nance at Readerbuzz said...

Only one, eh? Well, that's one more than me!

Here's my Top Ten Book Romances That Would Make It In the Real World.I hope you will stop by!

Helène Ouwehand said...

Better one great love that lasts forever, right? Thanks for stopping by!

Li @ rulethewaves.net said...

Interesting choice! And just one too, eh ;)

Thanks for dropping by my blog earlier xD

Ashley G. said...

I can understand why you only had one. It was much easier said that done. I only made it to 8!

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Kate @ whYAnot said...

That books sounds fantastic. I've tried reading a few Ayn Rand books (Atlas Shrugged I've been attempting for ten years) but I think that I'll put this one on my to-read list. You've made it sound amazing.

stacybuckeye said...

I've never even heard of this one! I'll have to take a look.