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Time’s Arrow Summary Á 104 É In Martin Amis's Time's Arrow the reader experiences the life of one Tod Friendly in reverse Starting with his death he leaves the hospital grows healthier and younger returns to his work as a doctor begins his relationships and affairs with stormy breakups and ends them with gradual seductions Narrated by a separately coIn Martin Amis's Time's Arrow the reader experiences the life of one Tod Friendly in reverse Starting with his death he leaves the hospital grows healthier and younger r. “They're always looking forward to going places they're just coming back from or regretting doing things they haven't yet done They say hello when they mean goodbye” ― Martin Amis Time's ArrowI liked the prose and liked the execution but there was still something a bit off A tooth is missing in time's reverse cog making this Amis story rock rather than roll in reverse I enjoyed the narrative told backward; extracting the real meaning while reading the meaning back to front is a funky brain trick I loved having a Nazi doctor at the center of the story The movement from physical and moral corruption to a form of innocence uncovered a bit of the lizard brain for meThe problem however is bending this story without a need for infinite folds in time There is no gliding back with prose There are only jumps back with glides forward Amis is forced to skip back in time translate and then relate the narrative forward Again and again and again It was a bit like walking the dog with a yoyo You are pulling the story one direction but the narrative SAH|HAS to keep spinning in a reverse direction The skips are necessary but still disruptive to the narrative Anyway I liked it It was a good thought exercise just not great literature A minor experiment from a very good contemporary writer

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Ithin Friendly's mind who watches his life events re fold as the reader does it slowly becomes apparent that Friendly's life has been shaped by a dark secret in his past. As science fiction concepts go this was interesting but in the hands of a respectable sf writer this could have been so much While the odd idea breaks through such as the child who is able to crawl forward for a few seconds is intriguing he never takes it furtherThe usual amusment with reverse poo is there and why notNot a good starting point for my first Amis or for anyone really but will try again

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Time’s ArrowEturns to his work as a doctor begins his relationships and affairs with stormy breakups and ends them with gradual seductions Narrated by a separately conscious voice w. The non U USPA 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 original Kurt Vonnegut had the same idea as a brief scene in Slaughterhouse Five see my review here as did Borges in the short story A Weary Man’s Utopia which is in The Book of Sand see my review here and probably Fitzgerald's The Curious Case of Benjamin ButtonIt opens with painfully vivid descriptions of a life and death emergency It turns out to be the story of one man's life told backwards by a consciousnessconscience inhabiting his body but with no memory of what is to come ie what has already happened It feels his emotions but can't control them or his actions He is a doctor so in this world he assaults people money all comes down to the uality of your trash and all sustenance all meaning comes from the looSense or NonsenseAt one point the narrator says I have noticed that most conversations would make much better sense if you ran them backwards But with this man woman stuff you could run them any way you liked and still get no further forward There are duly several scenes where it is uite intriguing to read the dialog forwards then backwards and the fact it works is clever but so whatPage or ScreenI can't work out if it would be better or worse as a film backwards footage of walking and eating is passé and comedic but some other things would work well The ship's route is clearly delineated on the surface of the water and is violently consumed by our advance Thus we leave no mark on the ocean as if we were covering our tracksGratuituous GimmicksThere are some other ideas where running them backwards gives an intriguing or awkwardly funny slant but they don't add up to a decent novel and some of them are so gratuitous and irrelevant to the plot eg buying teeth from the tooth fairy that I can't help thinking Amis had a list of backward things he wanted to incorporate The slightly interesting ones include the meticulous vandalism of gardening and uglify the home instead of DIY birth being a long painful goodbye a wounded finger healed and sealed by the knife's blade hippies going to Vietnam and returning sane middle age resurgence of interest in sex being like puberty breaking up reading like a slushy reconciliation and bottling the gook from one's hair and selling it But ultimately they're a series of gimmicks