Time's Arrow, Or, The Nature of the Offense

Time's Arrow, Or, The Nature of the Offense

Book - 1992
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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
Publisher: New York : Vintage International, 1992
Edition: 1st Vintage International ed
ISBN: 9780679735724
Branch Call Number: AMIS M
Characteristics: 165 p. ; 21 cm


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"In a reverse narrative, the protagonist moves backwards from death towards the story’s beginning and his role in one of the most horrific events in recent history."

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crankylibrarian Oct 15, 2011

A creepy, yet ultimately moving version of the Benjamin Buttons premise; a life lived backwards. An unnamed entity narrates its experiences sharing the body and life of one Todd Friendly, an elderly man with many dark secrets. Friendly's true identity becomes horrifically apparent as he "youthens" into active adulthood in Nazi era Germany, but the foreshadowing of his destiny provides many sinister clues. Less gimmicky than it sounds, a profound look at mortality and banal evil.


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