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Blackout by Connie Willis
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Recommended to Emily by: Shani G
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This book is another variation on the Oxford-time-travel theme. In this book, we have three protagonists, all visiting 1940 from 2060, operating separately for almost the whole duration of the book. Also, once they make it to 1940, the story alternates between them but never returns to 2060. (Mr. Dunworthy never appears on stage, actually, remaining a wholly remote and Dumbledore-like figure, in contrast to his role in The Doomsday Book.) I liked that this book has less of the fussy business of scheduling and organizing and bickering (although it has its own forms of fussy business, particularly as Polly races around London).

It's a strong portrayal of London during the Blitz. The three time travelers, alas, are not very clearly distinguished in terms of their temperaments and outlooks, which makes the book duller than it should be, and well-nigh confusing when more than one of them is in the same room. And this was a strange flaw to find in this book, since the protagonists of To Say Nothing of the Dog do manage to be well delineated.
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