The Time In Between by David Bergen is another book that I’m not sure about. I read it for my Book Club and we are meeting in a week to talk about the book and I am very interested to hear what others have to say.
I will admit that I didn’t give the book a running chance; I read Age of Hope a while ago and didn’t love Bergen’s writing style. Although he reminds me of Carol Shields, the humour that Shields uses isn’t there in Bergen’s writing. The book was so serious and at times felt domineering in it’s descriptions.
Bergen writes about a character suffering with depression, the haunting effects of war on soldiers’ memories, and the influence of these on a family. There are two stories unfolding throughout the novel: the story of Charles Boatman and his daughter Ada. The story moves from Canada to Vietnam where Ada is searching for her missing father.
I have to say that if it wasn’t for Book Club, I wouldn’t have finished this novel. That being said, I look forward to our meeting to talk about the book because I know that there will be people who loved it, people who hated it, or people who didn’t finish it. Those are the best conversations and makes people head back into the book to pull out moments of pleasure or disgust!
So on to the next book!
“She [Ada] said that she pictured their father as a mirror giving them back a reflection of themselves, and now that he was gone their reflection had vanished. ‘And so when Dad died, part of us died too. Or me. Part of me died. I feel that way.'” (Pg 258)
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4)