posted on Jul, 22 2008 @ 05:51 AM
Fiction? Fiction that involves psychology, philosophy and
Try Time's Arrow
, by my favourite author, Martin Amis. It's a novel in which time flows backwards, meaning that everything goes in reverse.
For example, in New York, the narrator finds that
This business with the cabs, it surely looks like an unimprovable deal. They're always there when you need one, even in the rain or when the
theatres are closing. They pay you up front, no questions asked. They always know where you're going. They're great. No wonder we stand there, for
hours on end, waving goodbye, or saluting - saluting this fine service. The streets are full of people with their arms raised, drenched and weary,
thanking the yellow cabs. Just the one hitch: they're always taking me places where I don't want to go.
- Time's Arrow
Amis has a rollicking good time with this conceit (just imagine his description of what happens in bathrooms), but as the story moves on we realize
that there's a lot more substance - moral and philsophical substance - to it than appears at first glance. And as we move towards the end of the
narrative, we realize that we are being prepared to take a close, searching look at one of the ultimate horrors of human history, and to be compelled
to discover the humanity at the root of the horror. Making time run backwards, far from being a piece of literary showing-off, turns out to be the
only possible way the author can achieve this.
I guarantee that, if you read this book, you will never, ever forget it.
[edit on 22-7-2008 by Astyanax]