Because I’d already read Blackout/All Clear at least I knew the fate of two characters; perhaps I should have known about a third character, but I’m g...moreBecause I’d already read Blackout/All Clear at least I knew the fate of two characters; perhaps I should have known about a third character, but I’m glad that it either wasn’t revealed or I didn’t remember.
This is a wonderful time travel book, the third by Willis that I’ve read. Now want to read everything by this author! It was a pleasure in the other two books to go from Oxford 2160 back to WWII Britain, and now from Oxford 2154 (reuniting with 2 characters when they were several years younger) to the 1300s Britain near Oxford.
The characters are the most marvelous part of this book. Many are people I grew to care deeply about, and a couple in each time period I enjoyed detesting. The people are so genuinely real and the two time periods are so vividly described. The Middle Ages portions actually seemed most verisimilar. There were a couple of things about 2154 that I questioned, but I didn’t waste much time with my skepticism. After all, the predictions of what life would be like today when made a half century ago were not all that accurate in many respects. It hardly matters, and that’s because the people that populate this book are completely believable.
I just love this author’s sense of humor, though there wasn’t quite as much humor as I was expecting in this book. Luckily, there was some and it was sorely needed.
There was plenty of heartbreak, yet somehow this was also a perfect comfort read for me.
I guessed so much of what would happen in this book (and in the other two books too) and I knew one thing about this book that was revealed in the other books, but having that knowledge didn’t at all diminish the pleasure I got from reading the story, not one iota, and I also experienced some surprises regarding what happens in this story.
This is a completely engrossing and emotionally moving book, and it has a lot to say about human nature, as do almost all worthwhile speculative fiction books.
I’m considering adding this book to my favorites shelf; in the meantime, I will be adding myself as a fan of Connie Willis, if I’ve neglected to already do that.(less)
I went back and forth about whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars. The writing, told by a 13 year old girl in diary entry form is very engaging. The...moreI went back and forth about whether to give this book 4 or 5 stars. The writing, told by a 13 year old girl in diary entry form is very engaging. The story of the friendship isn’t quite as compelling as the tv movie based on this book (that I saw many years ago) but is still depicted in an emotionally moving way. This was a very fast read for me, mostly because I didn’t want to put it down. The author escaped as a child from Nazi occupied Vienna and this is an autobiographical novel; the 2004 edition has an informative and interesting short note by the author at the end of the book.(less)
This is one of those books I read when I was too young; that's what I think anyway. I read it when I was 12 because my father told me that my mother h...moreThis is one of those books I read when I was too young; that's what I think anyway. I read it when I was 12 because my father told me that my mother had liked it (I read my mother's old musty hardcover copy, which I still have) and that it was too challenging for many adults to read. Really liked it and was moved and inspired me to think, but I didn't find it "amazing" although I do wonder what I'd think if I'd read it as an adult or reread it. But there's just too many other books I want to read. I do reread books occasionally, but they're almost always old favorites.(less)