The Time in Between
David Bergen, a Canadian writer, won the Giller for this in 2005 and another of his - The Age of Hope - was a finalist in Canada Reads 2013. I had never read him before.
The Time In Between focuses on a U.S. veteran w...more
The first part of the novel is framed around Charles Boatman, a Vietnam Veter...more
The main story of the book, or so I thought, is resolved halfway through. After that it's as though the characters just didn't want to leave. They interact with other people, sometimes in significant ways, and yet don't seem to grow or deve...more
This book examines the aftermath of war on various individuals. First, Charles Boatman, an ex-pat American living in Canada. He fought in Vietnam and has a longing to return there to ultimately try and slay the demons in his head, demons that settled in after a particularly disturbing situation occurred during a raid on a small village. Charles' children have lived...more
I haven't read much about Vietnam so this gave me information about the 60's there. The author's style is short, curt sentences. I guess that I like words to flow easily and beautifully. Also it was hard to identify with these characters.
On the back cover of my copy of The Time in Between there is a blurb from the San Francisco Chronicle saying "A sparse and moving meditation on the burden of war across generations." I couldn't have described it better. As the book beg...more
I may read another one of his books, only because I really liked his style of writing. It just may have been the story itsel...more
Plot-wise, there were no mysteries, buried secrets and life-changing decisions, except, of course, for a death here and there.
The story really is a "time in between" for Ada, Charles' daughter, who must learn to deal with the fact that her father is gone, become ready to leave Vietnam and go home to Canada and just continue to l...more
The Time In Between, which won Canada's prestigious Giller Prize, speaks to war's lasting traumas. Emotionally damaged, Charles must make peace with his past__from his wartime brutality to his relationships with his ex-wife and adult children__to survive. This theme resonated with the critics, as did the variety of affecting scenes, from Charles's violent flashbacks to Ada's search for her father on the streets of Danang. Through its veil of despair, the novel moves hesitantly, in a monotonous v...more
Two siblings are in Vietnam looking for their father who had come to visit the country years after being there to fight in the war. A third of the way (or so) into the book the narration shifts to tell the story from the father's perspective before returning to the daughter's POV. She is the main protagonist, thoug...more