In Time's Arrow the doctor Tod T. Friendly dies and then feels markedly better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them, and mangles his patients before he sends them home. And all the while Tod's life races backward toward the one appalling moment in modern history when such... show more
In Time's Arrow the doctor Tod T. Friendly dies and then feels markedly better, breaks up with his lovers as a prelude to seducing them, and mangles his patients before he sends them home. And all the while Tod's life races backward toward the one appalling moment in modern history when such reversals make sense."The narrative moves with irresistible momentum.... [Amis is] a daring, exacting writer willing to defy the odds in pursuit of his art."--Newsday
Publish date: September 29th 1992
Pages no: 168
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, World War II
True irony is so difficult to achieve, but it's developed to beautiful effect here by Martin Amis. With the reversal of time, every act of destruction becomes an act of creation. Every wound becomes a healing. And the opposite is also true, of course. He spends time walking backwards through the...
A short book that is one long gimmick: clever as a writing exercise, but not worth publishing or reading. Once the novelty of a backwards story has worn off, there is little point to it and I lost interest (though I did finish it). And it's not even that novel: Kurt Vonnegut had the same idea as a b...
This book starts out with the main character dying. The big twist is that he then lives his life backwards. Since it is the same life, he doesn't get to make any decisions, but instead observe his own life. What an interesting story! How would we judge our own lives if we lived them in reverse?
The kind of book that bothers some people because the author's efforts are so constant and obvious, but wonderful. I still marvel at Amis's ability to write an entire novel backwards. But I also appreciate his ability to keep the book manageable. It's a book you need to learn to read and once you "g...
I read this book while I was living in Oslo on 2005.Then, for some reason I forgot to add it to my booklist. It might have been amnesia.After all in those five months I spent in old Christiania my attention was diverted by many things. I recall the London bombings, hurricane Katrina and its aftermat...