walkaways, January 7, 2013 (view all comments by walkaways)
This novel is in fact a treatise on the many guises of time. Time, herein, is delineated in its multi-faceted physical, if ephemeral, but concrete nature as revealed since Einstein made his famous early 20th century jumps. While, simultaneously, Lightman--wonderful name for a physicist turned novelist--overlays washes of human time: e.g. a mother, who's child has grown up and moved away, perceives it. Time intermingled with love assume meta-metaphor status in this gentle delight.
Darlene Aigen, August 5, 2012 (view all comments by Darlene Aigen)
This is a charming and thought-provoking little book (I say "little book" because of its diminuitive size). It is a series of poetic vignettes on the nature of time...a series of "what ifs." What if time moved backwards? What if time moved at different speeds in different places? Each vignette is beautiful and jewel-like in nature. I highly recommend it.
mcoester, January 20, 2010 (view all comments by mcoester)
An intriguing look into the sleeping mind of Einstein - what might the father of the theory of relativity dream of in the months prior to the publication of his work? Time and time again. But not as we know it. A short and entirely engaging reading that you'll find hard to put down and very easy to recommend to others.
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Lyndsay, January 3, 2009 (view all comments by Lyndsay)
Whimsical, mystical, subtle and gorgeous. Each chapter is a story all on its own. Combined, the reader gets a floating notion of time and space centered around Bern Switzerland. The words evoke a a constant stream of images. This book is less a story than series of beautiful dreams that leave the reader in a peaceful state of wonderment. I love every word.
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Warner Books -
In this fascinating little novel, a collection of related short stories all share the theme of time. While Albert Einstein tries to pin down his theory of relativity, he dreams of worlds in which time does not progress as unrelentingly forward as it does for us. Lightman has an uncanny way of weaving hard science into his fiction, which makes his stories seem all the more real. With beautiful prose, Lightman's tiny novel is unlike anything else you've ever read.
by The Boston Globe,
"Endlessly fascinating. A beguiling inquiry into the not-at-all theoretical, utterly time-tangled, tragic and sublime nature of human life."
by Los Angeles Times,
"Lightman is an artist who paints with the notion of time."
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