Some moments can change your life forever. Have you ever wondered, what if...?
A man is walking down a country lane. A woman, cycling towards him, swerves to avoid a dog. On that moment their future hinges. There are three possible outcomes, three small decisions that could determine the rest of their lives.
Eva and Jim are 19 and students at Cambridge when their paths first cross in 1958. And then there is David, Eva's then lover, an ambitious actor who loves Eva deeply. The Versions of Us follows the three different courses their lives could take following this first meeting. Lives filled with love, betrayal, ambition, but through it all is a deep connection that endures whatever fate might throw at them.
The Versions of Us explores the idea that there are moments when our lives might have turned out differently, the tiny factors or decisions that could determine our fate, and the precarious nature of the foundations upon which we build our lives. It is also a story about the nature of love and how it grows, changes and evolves as we go through the vagaries of life.
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Slightly tricky to keep up
- Patricia Grundy
The theme that a different corner turned, a different decision taken, can have a massive impact on your life, but also that certain themes ageing, ill health, loss, etc will follow you whatever path you choose because they are an inevitable part of the human experience.
All of the characters were interesting. ..but because there were several versions of each I felt less engaged with them than with many books.
The endings. The path travelled may vary but the ending is ultimately the same.
There was something a little depressing about the book....I suppose because of the inevitability of loss whatever path is chosen. It was also a little hard to follow at times and I did have to keep trying to work out which version I was in. It's definitely worth a listen, the theme is interesting and thought provoking, but something about the different versions did result in me feeling less invested in and engaged with the characters overall.