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  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Spectra (Dec 1 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553099957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553099959
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,797,780 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alex Frantz on July 16 2004
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This story takes off from the same setting that Willis used in her earlier novel, "Doomsday Book", about Oxford historians who travel back in time to investigate past events and occasionally recover artifacts. But the main characters from that book aren't re-used, and the style and themes are entirely different.
This is a light novel, with elements of a romance and a comedy of manners. Ned Henry is suffering from time lag, having been run ragged by Lady Schrapnell, a wealthy heiress who is providing most of the funds to keep the research going. Lady Schrapnell is a stickler for detail in her elaborate reconstruction of the Coventry Cathedral, and insists that the historians provide the Bishop's bird stump, a strikingly ugly work of art that was lost when the Cathedral was bombed in 1940.
The only way Ned can escape from Schrapnell is to go back to before she was born, so he is given a simple courier assignment to make a delivery in the Victorian era, where he can rest up for a few weeks after his task is completed. Unfortunately, Ned is too time-lagged to be able to understand his instructions, so he is left wandering about the 1880s uncertain what he is delivering to whom, and never quite aware of whether he is preserving the proper time line or undermining it. He does know that Tossie, the distant ancestress of Lady Schrapnell whose family home he is a guest in, is supposed to fall in love with her future husband in a few days, but he doesn't know who that is - only that it definitely isn't Cyril, the young gentleman he accidentally introduced to her, who is now wooing her with marked success.
The plot is complex and worked out in great detail - many apparently random details are ultimately brought together in an ending that is almost too clever. The characters, major and minor, are nicely drawn. All in all, thoroughly enjoyable.
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Fun book. Well written. Filled with trivia and non-sense. And Grand Design too. Don't be discouraged by confusion-- like all good mysteries, it needs patience.
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Highly enjoyable time travel from futurist England to Victorian England. If you loved "Doomday Book", "Fire Watch", Blackout by Connie Willis you will love this book too! Again, this is a book I could read over and over. Time travel is certainly interesting in Connie Willis world
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I read this book over 3 years ago, so I'm unable to provide specifics about this book. But what I can tell you is this.

1) I enjoyed the novel, so much so that I keep hoping Ms. Willis will write a sequel.

2) The book deals with time travel and Victorian England.

3) There is some subtle humour in the novel which kept my laughing here are there as I made my way through the book.

If you're in to time travel books that have a nice humours twist to them, you probably won't be disappointed in this one.
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The point of view character is a historian from the latter half of this century, a time when time travel is a well-known phenomenon. Instead of looking things up in books, historians go and take a look in person. A rich American widow is sponsoring the reconstruction of Coventry Cathedral exactly as it was on the night it was destroyed by the Luftwaffe in World War II, right down to the last piece of hideous Victoriana. The historian's job is to find that last piece, and determine whether it was, in fact, in the cathedral on the night of the bombing, because there's been no sign of it since.

Part of the problem is that something keeps historians from being able to get even close to the right time or place. Part of the problem is that he's been doing too many time drops, and he's badly time-lagged, so his vision is blurred, his hearing is impaired, and he's inclined to fall madly in love with the next pretty girl he meets. And part of the problem is that it seems as if somebody, contrary to what everyone "knows" about time travel, has actually managed to bring an object forward in time with them, with incalculable consequences for the space-time continuum. In other words, our hero is in a serious mess, and things just get messier and messier, the harder he tries to fix them.

The characters are all thoroughly batty. We meet characters who are absolutely fanatical about their opinions, but willing to drop all arguments at the drop of a fishing fly, we meet clergymen who attend seances, we meet a family who bought a first-class library as a status symbol, but disapprove of anybody who actually reads books, we meet Jerome K. Jerome, the author of Three Men in a Boat, to say nothing of the dog.
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By A Customer on July 11 2004
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A trip through time to the Victorian Era, with all its propriety and weirdness. With some extremely funny situations. I especially liked it when the time travelers all got up in the morning, expecting a good, old-fashioned Victorian English breakfast - you know, eggs, bacon, hot bread, coffee. I won't spoil it for you here, but let's just say it had nothing to do with eggs and bacon.
This is her funniest - complex, but very light-hearted.
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Very enjoyable book - Connie Willis takes you on a ride through time to the Victorian Age and back. Very lighthearted, but not simple-minded. Highly recommended.
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