Another Idea Of Happiness: How far are we from happiness?
Have you ever wondered: Where do we go to find happiness that belongs to us? Why never give up dreams? And will dreams really happen if we ignore everything to pursue it? If the answer is “Yes” then “Another Idea Of Happiness” is exactly the book you need.
The story begins when Agatha escapes from the prison after 30 years of being deprived of freedom, and not coincidentally when her “kidnapped” companion is Milly, and from that the stories of youth and Agatha’s loving love is opened.
At the age of nineteen and twenty, Agatha and her friends spent all their lives for the sake of youth, in search of freedom, peace, against racism, against immorality public in American society more than thirty years ago and opposed the wars in Vietnam. Belief is sometimes so strong that it makes those less than the twenty year old do wild or even bloody hands. Appearing on the side of Agatha’s youth story is friendship and over half of life, after so many difficulties of living, they can retell the years of youth together, wandering together everywhere and proud to say that “we have committed terrible mistakes but always act for a more just world and children today need to know that we have fought for them.”
In that group of fighters there was Agatha’s sister, and the night her sister flirted with the madly in love, Brad, left the consequences for thirty years. Because of her older sister, because of a small being, Agatha accepted to change her sister’s name, accepting a prison instead of her sister. Thirty years, dreams mixed with nightmares kept chasing her. In the dream is a picture of the smile of her beloved and in a nightmare, a picture of a sister who steals that person.
In the same story, we can live in two completely different spatial contexts. One is the years of the 70s, when the United States was immersed in deep internal conflicts about racism. Anti-color organizations such as Ku Klux Klan or student protests require rights for all ethnic groups. All create a haunting chaotic picture. The second is the years of the twenty-first century, with President Obama taking over the presidency of the world’s No. 1 superpower, does everything change?
Family affection, friendship, friendship and love, all of them are ingeniously and logically created by the author. As aunt’s love, despite having never met, there is a strange match. A friendship that surpasses love between Jo and Milly. Being a teammate between people who are intertwined by ideals, were happy to welcome the old teammate, even though she is a wanted prisoner. Being a couple love despite Tom and Agatha’s time and space … All create a true, beautiful and strange picture.
“Don’t live to be unhappy, live to be happy. If you live to be happy you’ll find the things that make you happy. And as you do that you find that sharing with others makes you much happier than taking from them.”
—-“Another Idea Of Happiness” – Marc Levy —-
By engaging storytelling, dramatic climax, a moment of silence, Marc Levy has always been like that, always the one to entice readers into the labyrinth of unexpected and rich humanity. A somewhat incomplete end but it seems to be the perfect ending, because all the characters in “Another concept of happiness” are ultimately people who deserve to be happy.
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