The Time In Between

by David Bergen | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0771011784 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Pooker3 of Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on 12/29/2005
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Journal Entry 1 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Thursday, December 29, 2005
Giller Prize winner this year. Mr. Bergen is a fellow Winnipegger, so for that alone he gets my attention. I had read The Case of Lena S and thought it great, but when his new book (this one) came out, the subject matter did not immediately appeal to me. I have to admit that being a "prize winner" is what made me change my mind to ask for it for Christmas. Lucky me, my Santa knows what pleases me and I found this under the tree.

Journal Entry 2 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Hmmm...This was a thoughtful and thought provoking read. Not a joyous book, but a book about being human and the effects of our actions; about cultural differences. My own personal recollections of the Vietnam war are about protest and draft dodgers. I've known draft dodgers but I don't think I know anyone who went to Vietnam. I enjoyed the movies, "The Deer Hunter" and "Apocalypse Now"; affected by their "sensationalism", I suppose. This book has affected me in a more intimate way evoking feelings of sadness (not boohoo sad but more a resigned acceptance of our human frailties).

Journal Entry 3 by Pooker3 from Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada on Sunday, August 26, 2007
I think it's time this book traveled; it's been sitting on my shelf for more than a year since I read it. Into Kimmi's Canadian Authors bookbox it goes.

Journal Entry 4 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Saturday, September 29, 2007
I'm not familiar with David Bergen's work but hey, if you've won the Giller, that's enough of a recommendation for me. :) Looks very good. Thanks for including it in the box.

Journal Entry 5 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, August 10, 2008
This book echoes with sorrow and tragedy. I felt that every character was in mourning for something, including those who weren't even sure what it was that was causing them pain. A sad but ultimately, I think, hopeful tale about loss and forgiveness. Thank you for sharing it.

Journal Entry 6 by geishabird from Toronto, Ontario Canada on Saturday, February 21, 2009
Bringing this along to the Yellow Griffin today for HoserLauren.

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, February 21, 2009
Geisha brought this book just for me to the Toronto Meetup today. I've heard good things about this one so I'm interesting in reading it. Thanks Geisha!

Look, we all have maple leafs by our names!

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Sunday, January 09, 2011
Charles Boatman has carried around a secret with him about his time fighting in the Vietnam War his entire life and it has weighed heavily. During one of his missions, he shot and killed a Vietnamese boy. After reading a novel of a Vietnamese soldier, Charles decides to return to Vietnam, searching for closure. He soon goes missing and two of his children come to Vietnam to retrace his footsteps and try to find him.

Ada and Jon Boatman meet some of Charles friends. Ada grows close to Charles friends as she chases his shadow. Jon copes by delving into the gay urban nightlife. The authorities provide no help and both Ada and Jon feel like this is going to be a fruitless search.

This book won the Giller Prize and is follows the same formula that any prize winning book follows; authors trying to make themselves look smarter by using longer words, lots of similes, and being incredibly descriptive. This isn't my favourite kind of writing (if you couldn't tell). Unfortunately the past couple of Canadian books I've read I've found slow and hard to connect with the main characters. Is this a trend in Canadian literature of have I just picked up a series of wrong books?

I did enjoy the first half of the book. I felt like there was purpose and I could see where the book was going. However once the kids found their father, I didn't know how Bergen was going to make a story of the remaining 100 pages or so. That's where he lost me. Ada and Jon started behaving worse and worse and I started caring less and less. Then the book just ended. Not very fulfilling.

Journal Entry 9 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Mailed today to Ri from the Non Genre swap. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 10 by Ri at Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Monday, March 14, 2011
Thanks Lauren!

Journal Entry 11 by Ri at Vietnam Veterans of America donation in Cincinnati, Ohio USA on Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (11/29/2012 UTC) at Vietnam Veterans of America donation in Cincinnati, Ohio USA


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