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- Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (November 16, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1441875778
- ISBN-13: 978-1441875778
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.5 x 7.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 321 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,968,394 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Connie Willis is the award-winning author of Doomsday Book, Passage, To Say Nothing of the Dog and Bellwether. Connie has been awarded 10 Hugo Awards, 11 Locus Poll Awards and 6 Nebula Awards.
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Connie Willis creates characters in such depth that you feel as if you're living inside their skin, especially if you listen to the audiobook while reading, which is narrated brilliantly by Katherine Kellgren. I honestly felt as if I were there in the shelters during the Blitz, living in the blackout, and dealing with the shortages and rationing. And I recently discovered a website called Bomb Sight which shows the location of just about every bomb that fell on London during the war, which will be a wonderful resource for locations when I reread this omnibus book (because I definitely will reread it; there was so much detail I lost the first time through, it will take a second reading just to have a better handle on what was going on). Connie Willis did a truly stupendous amount of research on WWII England, and it really shows. I found myself regularly doing independent research on wartime events that I might have heard of briefly in passing but had never looked into in detail, or researching people I'd never encountered before, and that added to the entire reading/listening experience for me.
I know some people find the book(s) tediously long, but I didn't. I didn't mind the historians' introspection -- since they couldn't reveal their true identity to the "contemps," after all -- especially since there's always a voice or three narrating life in my head, too. If you have plenty of time to spend and really want to learn about WWII England and immerse yourself in the life of these time travelers to the past, I highly recommend Blackout and All Clear. (And read them in that order or you'll be beyond hopelessly confused!)
This second part begins with them attempting to survive the Blitz and worrying about how their actions could impact the outcome of the war. Willis rarely describes exactly how time travel works in her novels, but the concept of slippage recurs. Slippage is when an historian arrives before or after the time to which they intended to go and, as it becomes clearer and clearer that the historians are influencing events, the head of Oxford's time travel program postulates that "it wasn't a line of defense guarding against damage we might do to the continuum. It was a rearguard action against an attack that had already happened—an attempt to hold a castle whose walls had already been breached" (pg. 398). The historians must grapple with the uncertainty of chaos theory and decide what to do as it appears they are stuck in one of the most critical times in modern history.
Willis expertly researched her period and the focus on the ordinary heroism of everyday people is certainly entertaining, but the story feels rather unnecessarily long at points, as characters find their attempts to get back to their own time thwarted again and again. One interesting element is Willis' moving backward and forward in time as Polly had visited World War II out-of-order, with a trip to VE-Day, to 1944, and then to the Blitz. Similarly, Michael's story jumps around in time a bit between "contemporary" events and those that occur later, but are connected. This may be disconcerting for casual readers, but the connections are rewarding as they become apparent. Those who enjoy Willis' writing will find plenty to enjoy here and the story has a rewarding conclusion for those who stick through till the end. She endows her characters, even minor ones, with such life that one cannot help but become invested in them.
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