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The Clock Turned Backwards...
on January 16, 2014
“The Clock Turned Backwards”
This short story is poignantly perplexing—leaving readers shocked and saddened by its inevitable denouement. Once we accept the brilliant, sheer fantasy of the author, this startling concept of time running amuck at one 19th century birth continues with obvious, unrestrained logic to its painful conclusion, This tale would make a wonderful episode for TWILIGHT ZONE—how ever did Rod Sterling miss it?
The birth of a baby boy sends shock waves of hysterias throughout the hospital where Mrs. Button has just delivered a full grown, old man! The short story recount the backwards growth of the baby; whose body IM-matures over the years. His father struggles with his son’s limited abilities as time is reversed. The old fellow becomes younger and wants to serve his country, date and marry, and then attend college. Embarrassed by both his father and then by his own son poor Benjamin is frustrated by his bizarre fate—rarely and briefly of the right age to match his inclination and abilities. It is painful to view him as a youngster who can not even keep up with kindergarteners. He may be the only character in literature who manages to “return” to womblike bliss. A thought-provoking read by a master storyteller.