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HAVEL.

By Michael Zantovsky. Book Written by a Friend of Havel. Though He Does Not Glorify, The Ex President. It is a Very Honest Book. He Lists Some Of His Faults Too. Not Something I am Surprised About. Michael Zantovsky Has Been a Fine Czech Ambassador to The UK. I have visited the Czech Embassy. A Number of Times. You Could Not Wish for a More Friendly Welcome. He His a Very Grounded, & Down to Earth Person. Coming to the End Of His Tenure. The UK will be the Poorer. When His Stay Ends. First Thoughts of Book. Michael Recalls Meeting Havel From Pancrac Prison. All Havel,s Belongings in a Plastic Bag. Havel has Self Doubt, and Feels Insecure. Often Wonder,s about How Easy his Early Life was. His Family Owning Barrandov & Lucerna. Meeting & Falling For Olga. Who was from Zizkov. Completely Different From His Literary Slavia Cafe Friends. His Time at Hradecek, His Love of Cooking. The Looking Tower, Formed by the Security Services to Watch Over Him. Yet He Often Made them Tea, and Made Conversation with Them. Liked the Part on the Plastic People Of the Universe. Member Being, Vratislav Brabenec. Loved his Western Statement. Now it is like " Shopping, Shopping, Shopping. We are Like Bats Flying Through the Dark ". The Birth of Charter 77. Delivering it in Landovsky,s Saab. To Much Laughing inside. Though Having to Lock all the Doors. To Avoid Police Entry. Very Good Photographs Too. Have Reached Page 224. Keep Returning to the Book. Between Other Reads.

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