- Title: Great Work of Time
- Author: John Crowley
- ISBN: 9780553293197
- Page: 470
- Format: Mass Market Paperback
His name is Caspar Last, and this is the unique chronicle of the vacation he took from the twentieth century It begins or does it when Caspar, a genius, poor of course, and resentful at that, decides to use his time machine to bring back a modest fortune It begins or maybe it doesn t with a mysterious bequest to a secret Otherhood charged with preserving and eHis name is Caspar Last, and this is the unique chronicle of the vacation he took from the twentieth century It begins or does it when Caspar, a genius, poor of course, and resentful at that, decides to use his time machine to bring back a modest fortune It begins or maybe it doesn t with a mysterious bequest to a secret Otherhood charged with preserving and extending the British Empire at any cost From the bold colonial days of empire builder Cecil Rhodes through the wide eyed and wondrous possibilities of the present to a strange and haunting future of magi and angels, of men and many races other than our own, John Crowley s time travel masterpiece surfs bravely along the infinite, infinitely broken coastline of Time to tell a story that takes place neither here nor there, but everywhen.
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I will be thinking about this book for a long time."Great Work of Time" is a story about people who travel through time. The plot centers on the British Empire and its influence throughout its colonies, most specifically its African holdings. Naturally, the actions of these time travelers have consequences that spread throughout the continuum of time and space, altering everything they touch.This general theory of effect is nothing new to the genre of time-travel, yet in his explication of this [...]
“It amuses me,” Sir Geoffrey said, “how constant it is in human nature to think that things might have gone on differently from the way they did. In a man’s own life, first of all: how he might have taken this or that very different route, except for this or that accident, this or that slight push—if he’d only known then, and so on. And then in history as well, we ruminate endlessly, if, what if, if only The world seems always somehow malleable to our minds, or to our imaginations an [...]
A small gem of a time travel story focused on the British Empire keeping its world domination and maintaining its African colonies.It’s cleverly constructed and beautifully written with a at times complex language, which challenges a reader like me who not native English spoken.It’s probably a book I will return to and enjoy even more the second time around.
Absolutely have to reread this every five years or so. The most intricate and haunting time-travel story I've ever encountered, impossible to describe (or remember, for that matter).Please be aware that you can also find it in Novelties and Souvenirs: Collected Short Fiction
A mind-boggling, highly literate take on time travel, the necessity of evil, and the character of British rule. It would be a mistake to dimiss this as a simple mobius story - it's more complex and thoughtful than that description implies, and at novella-length, richer than most longer works.
A devastating novel about imperialism and time travel. A little gem.
[This review also appears on FingerFlow, a site for review and discussion of creative works.]Consider the following scenario: you are granted one trip to any time in the past. You cannot bring anything with you to the past or back to the future that will not fit in your pocket. You must take extreme care not to alter history or to alter it as little as possible. How would you make yourself rich? Buying the stock of a rich company in escrow for your unborn self wouldn’t work and buying rare art [...]
Crowley proved his master-craftsmanship in Little, Big, a work that embodies its seed-idea with a grace and entirety few other authors have accomplished (Barry Lopez is the only one who comes to mind, able to communicate the most peculiar and ineffable feelings). I was looking forward to regaining the magic of Crowley's works with this book, but I apparently flubbed it, because that didn't happen - I read the book at a Magic: the Gathering tournament in a jet-lagged exhaustion, so I probably did [...]
Just Read: Great Work of Time (1991) - John CrowleySome novels you try to avoid synopsis because the story is too joyful in its own unfolding. Other novels lend themselves nicely to synopsis; and in some novels you wouldn’t know where to start. There are a few authors, also, towards whom I have to disclose an underlying bias (I think Harold Bloom admitted as much in this case) - John Crowley is one of these. In Great Work of Time these two conditions intersect. Crowley has been a favourite of [...]
In 1990, Great Work of Time won the World Fantasy Award for best novella. I’m surprised someone hasn’t snapped up John Crowley’s short book, given it a glossy steampunk cover, and re-released it. Of course it isn’t steampunk. John Crowley’s work doesn’t fit easily into any sub-genre except Things John Crowley Has Written. Still, Great Work of Time has enough of the British Empire, airships, alternate histories, train terminals, misty London cityscapes, and men with bowler hats and ti [...]
An interesting jaunt through time, not strictly backwards or forwards. Focusing on the danger of stagnation (in the form of perpetual peace) and the equally dangerous notion that violence is a necessary means to a supposedly desirable end. This is certainly not a book of answers, as both interfering with time, and leaving it alone, seem to have enormous and unpleasant repercussions. Crowley somehow manages to weave otherworldly beings (draconics, magi, angels), stamp collecting, the British Empi [...]
An adorable little minor work I found for a dollar used that basically makes Asimov's "the End of Eternity" about the British Empire, with great big dollops of 19th and early 20th century penny dreadfuls tossed in. Complete with secret time travelers funded by Cecil Rhodes! Utter fluff, but the language is great and it's a fun ride. Can't believe it won a World Fantasy Award, but it does feel like he's working up to the "there is more than one history of the world" speech in the Aegypt books, an [...]
If Marty McFly made you bite your nails in anticipation of his demise, don't read this. You'll rip your arm hair out. Time travel should never banned in all capitalist countries.
A beautiful, lyrical meditation on time from John Crowley, the most underrated contemporary American novelist. Forget H.G. Wells, this is the masterpiece of time-travel stories.
Not a big fan of alternate histories, but well told.
minor crowley, but not without fascination.
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