Monday, November 9, 2015

Where Does the Time Go? - time travel fiction

The concept of time is an interesting thing. It can speed up or slow down, drag or race. Traveling back and forth in time has long been a wish of humans (and who knows, maybe animals too)! Most people that I know have had the thought, "oh, if I could only go back in time and do that over again!" A few people would like to go into the future, but mainly to get the winning lottery tickets numbers.

Here are examples of how a couple of authors have handled the fascinating subject of time travel:

Stephen King has woven his spell over time in his latest novel 11/22/63 (M). For those not familiar with this infamous date in American history, it is the date on which John F. Kennedy was assassinated. King writes a page turner in which a time traveler goes back to the 50's and early 60's to try to prevent this assault.

As the Globe and Mail states: "You don’t have to be a King fan to be delighted by 11/22/ don’t have to be a horror fan, even. The novel is narratively thrilling, thoughtful, character-centered journey into the heart of the American will make you stay up long past bedtime, and will make you cry. What more can you ask for in a book?"

If you are interested in reading another book about the "what if" of JFK, try The Memoirs of John F. Kennedy (M) by Donald James Lawn.

The Time Traveler's Wife (M) by Audrey Niffenegger is a heartwarming book that switches between future and past. This lovely novel will sweep you away into the world of Henry De Tamble and his wife Clare Anne Abshire. Henry has a rare medical disease called Chrono-Displacement disease. He begins his time traveling at the age of five. Where and when he time travels is beyond his control, yet he mostly travels to places and times within his own life. It is during one of these trips that he first meets Clare. Interestingly, this meeting is at a point in time when she is still a child but he is an adult. I am a bit of a cynic when it comes to romance, but even I shed a tear or two reading this novel. Perhaps you will too.

So what would be your choice for time travel? Would you to go back or forth in time, or both? I am quite content to be where I am at the moment, in this time period. I guess if I had to make a choice to time travel, it would to be to travel to many different time dimensions, assuming that all my alternate selves are living happy lives.

1 comment:

  1. Reading Stephen King's 11/22/63 was really engaging. Will add Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife to the to-read list. Yet back as a kid had the same lottery winning ideas especially after watching the Back to the Future movie ))