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The Man Who Folded Himself Paperback – June 10, 2003
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I did feel that the sexual themes were an interesting touch yet at times the writing surrounding the more intimate scenes felt like it was in a different voice -- more stilted. I think Gerrold limited himself some, too. This book could easily have been 300 or 400 pages. I agree with some of the earlier reviewers that are wondering why we were not given more details of what Dan was up to in his time travel pursuits.
All in all, I really enjoyed this book. It is an intriguing novella that really approaches some fascinating topics. If you enjoy time travel fiction, I do suggest you pick up a copy.
Daniel inherits a time travel belt from his Uncle Jim. He uses it to travel through time constantly and through paradoxes, create thousands of versions of himself. Daniel ends up living his life with these different versions as his companions (in more ways than one).
Throughout the book there are a lot of philosophical arguments as to what Daniel and his multi versions of himself (Don, Danny, etc.) do. It all leads up to a big surprise ending!
The other thing that struck me was the genius of the story. The narrative bothered me before, because it seemed kind of thin. But I don't see it that way anymore. There are two themes at work here. One is the sci-fi aspect, which consists of exploring in depth time travel with all of its ramifications. This can get quite philosophical at times, as the author goes into paradoxes and spends time establishing and explaining them. I enjoyed this immensely. The other theme is the life of Dan. This story is a biography of sorts, covering an entire man's life from birth to death. A good portion of the book is dedicated to thoughts of the meaning of life, what love is, and the fear of death. This is weighty stuff, and it is taken seriously here without killing the momentum of the story.
The story is a lot like the protagonist himself. It starts out linear, splits, becomes confusing, even chaotic, and then comes back together with purpose toward the end. I admire how the author was able to do this. I've never read anything like it.
Some have remarked that the book deals with Narcissism. Maybe, but I'm not so sure about that. To me, one of the ideas that the book explored is that we are always alone.Read more ›
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David Gerrold and "The Man Who Folded Himself" were part of starting a life long love of reading for me. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Mark K. Bilbo
A seemingly simple story exploring the range of possible effects of personal time travel from the technical time-travel paradox to the very human question of what it would be like... Read morePublished 26 days ago by Russell A Barr
The twists and turns will keep you guessing yet let you think you know what's coming next. Fascinating story.Published 1 month ago by Larry Allen
a famous extension of the ideas in Heinleins short "All You Zombies".... might be a bit too sexy for some tastes, but as a major effort in the history of time travel... Read morePublished 1 month ago by lulu9000
This book was effed up! Yet, I couldn't put it down. It was a fun and weird story.Published 1 month ago by Don E.
THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK, not sure how he kept it all straight but he managed to do so. Also is take on time traveler is better than anyone I know to-date. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Reread of a classic. It's not a long read, but again has to do with time travel, and what happens as one meets oneself and creates different timelines. Fascinating .Published 2 months ago by Deborah
There is only one character in this novel, who appears in many incarnations. And the character is, by confession of the author, modeled on himself. Read morePublished 3 months ago by A Reading Shrink