Time's Arrow

by Martin Amis | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014016779x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingPoodlesisterwing of Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on 6/23/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by wingPoodlesisterwing from Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, August 03, 2020
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Journal Entry 3 by wingPoodlesisterwing at Walthamstow, Greater London United Kingdom on Monday, August 03, 2020
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Journal Entry 5 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, August 10, 2020
Arrived safely. Many thanks for sharing I look forward to reading it.

Journal Entry 6 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Sunday, January 10, 2021
'Time's Arrow' opens with the main character being dragged back from the brink of death by medics after a heart attack– and from then on he grows gradually ever more youthful until his eventual birth. As he grows younger, we learn that he was once a doctor who made his patients worse rather than better and has repeatedly changed his name as he moved West to New York from mainland Europe. It isn't long before we realise where he’s going (or coming from) – that he worked in the various camps across Poland where millions of people (mainly Jews) had been brought back to life and he had been a member of the Hitler Youth.

The protagonist is a particularly dislikeable individual, before and after the war objectifying women and treating them with utter disdain, and one who reacts quite coldly to the death of his own daughter. But as you would expect, it is his wartime actions which is the real focus of this book and are the most difficult to comprehend. That events happen in reverse – bringing people to life rather than killing them – doesn't make them any less horrifying. We are reminded that these heinous acts weren't one off aberrations but instead played out over a number of years. The reverse timeline compels the reader to reassess events with which we think we are already familiar.

"Probably human cruelty is fixed and eternal, only styles change."

However, whilst part of me admires the creative way that the author has tackled such harrowing events I cannot help but think that he was just too clever and ultimately trivialised them.

I suspect that this is yet another of those Marmite books, you will either love or hate it. For me it was an OK read but as with so many by the author that I've read a confusing and underwhelming one. It was at least thankfully brief.

Journal Entry 7 by 4evagreen at New Mills, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, January 11, 2021

Released 1 wk ago (1/11/2021 UTC) at New Mills, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 8 by kingfan30 at -- Somewhere in Lincs, Lincolnshire United Kingdom on Thursday, January 14, 2021
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