Besides the political story, there are several love stories, alternately idyllic, passionate, horrifying, and tragic.
In today's modern world a well designed life is essential to success. Boldness has magic and power in it. Burnett and Evans lead you to the realization that you do not need to settle for a 'small' life. "It is never too late to design a life you love."
This is a Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn movie in book form. However, I am not sure Mr. Grant was ever portrayed running around on a hot summer day, in a Spiderman costume, attempting to stick himself to walls.
This will be an excellent book club book. The narrative is a study in the differences of philosophies: Simon's fatalistic/nihilistic determination; Klara's Determinism; Varya's belief that diligent, perhaps obsessive, organization of life will keep the gypsy woman's prophecy from touching her life - keeping herself hidden in seeming safety, sequestered in science; and Daniel's denial, outfitted with 'blinkers', about his accountability to the role he plays in sending young people into harm's way. We may ask ourselves, and others, whether or not it is the moment by moment decisions we make that comprise the stepping stones toward death. There is much to discuss in the way of human history, and what it is that causes a human being to view the inevitability of death as a journey, filled with opportunities to exercise free will; or a trek ending at a specific destination in time and space.