- Hardcover: 595 pages
- Publisher: Little Brown; 1st edition (June 1943)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9997501470
- ISBN-13: 978-9997501479
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.5 x 1.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,544,183 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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So Little Time Hardcover – June, 1943
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The story is actually a series of events as Jeffrey and the nation change their attitudes about their involvement with the war. Jeffrey also deals with his stale marriage and his relationship with his eldest son, Jim, who inevitably will be on the front lines if the United States enters the war. Jeffrey recalls his World War I days and how that changed him and fears what another world war will do to his son. With the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Jeffrey realizes that time is short and he encourages his son to get the most out of life now, as there may be no tomorrow.
This book was a little bit dry. There really wasn't much tension and Jeffrey wasn't all that interesting. Marquand, however, captures the era between World War I and II and writes about it so that there is a tremendous amount of social history contained in this long book. All in all, though, I was glad to put it down and the ending didn't have the impact I would've hoped. If you are interested in learning about the early 40's and the United States' feelings towards the war in Europe, this book is outstanding, otherwise the book is fairly dull.
I read the bulk of Marquand's mainstream novels about twenty years ago and enjoyed them so much that I'm reading them again. I decided to start with "So Little Time" and plan to work backwards to "The Late George Apley" and "Wickford Point" and continue on from there. Like Jonathan Yardley, I'm amazed that someone of Marquand's stature, whose work is so substantial and readable, could be practically invisible today.Read more ›
The story is simple, a man looking into the looming shadows of WWII from his seemingly safe perch in the United States. Except... Written in 1943 the author really capture the feelings of foreshadowing that some wiser souls had, with the world changing and so many preferring to pretend otherwise.
As our main character goes through his daily life he questions all around him, including the emptiness of society and how easily people hear what they want. He looks at his wife and children and sees through the facades that gloss over deeper issues.
Absolutely current as we all face global change all of the time and must or should confront the implications to ourselves and those around us.
I can't say enough good about this amazing story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
this was a gift for someone I know. she loved her booksPublished 16 months ago by jayne Householder
The title "So Little Time" is ironic since it takes quite awhile to wade through this nearly 600-page book. Read morePublished on December 15, 2009 by Lee Armstrong