A Must Read! (Historical Fiction)
by Icewoman on July 13, 2007Time's Arrow is the story of Dr Tod Friendly told in reverse chronological order by his disembodied conscience or spirit beginning with his death, through his flight from prosecution resulting from his job in Hitler's death camps working with "Uncle Pepe" (Joseph Mendele), to his birth. While it can be somewhat disconcerting at first, this method of telling Dr Friendly's tale sheds a humorous light on day-to-day trivialities while drawing attention to the similarities between the dehumanizing effects of today's fast-paced life and the mindset of those running the concentration camps. Additionally, this method emphasizes that the only way the cruelties of Auschwitz-Birkenau can make sense is in a backwards world. I strongly recommend this book for its thought-provoking method of telling historical events. Guaranteed to spark conversation at your next book club meeting! (Hint: For additional information about the characters, look closely at their names. For example, "Tod", as it is spelled in this book, is German for "death". Martin Amis is notorious for this aspect of his writing.) ;) ENJOY!
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