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Mulligan: a tale of time travel and second chances Paperback – January 10, 2015
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As I began to read Mulligan, I thought perhaps the book's description got mixed up. This was a time travel book? But I found that Garner was immersing the readers in Conner's life and the rich detail of the farm. Then...it gets yanked out from under you as Conner travels again...and then again. I found myself thinking of the old TV show "Quantum Leap" and Sam's trips through time and finding a purpose for his being there. I also likened it to "A Christmas Carol" where Scrooge learns lessons from three ghosts in order to correct his present. Conner screwed up big time and the only way to make it right is to learn the values and integrity of those who came before.
I found Garner's book to be a great and imaginative read and I look forward to reading more of his books in the future.
Hank Garner can build a world! His word pictures are anything but flat, and while his attention to detail occasionally pulled focus away from the story, particularly in the first third of the book, his descriptions of life in the South made me want to join Mulligan on the front porch to listen to a baseball game. It also made me want to never stay for the summer, or even get near a cotton field - whether I grow gills or not.
There is a certain rhythm to Garner's writing that brings a good level of comfort. I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about Mulligan in the first few chapters, but every time I put the book down, I caught myself thinking about the characters and eagerly jumped back in to see how the story played out .
If you're looking for a time travel novel following the exploits of a grown man going back in time to get rich, popular, and (this time) snag the homecoming queen, you'll want to pass on Mulligan. This book isn't about wish-fulfillment, it's an immersive read chronicling how one man experiencing life in the past becomes a better person in the present.
This is the first book I’ve read by Garner, and I plan on reading more.
In a crowded room full of the everyday hubbub and idle chatter of our lives, Garner’s tale stands up quietly to say, “Stop for a minute, folks. Remember why you’re here.”
I really liked Mulligan and when he was in the cotton fields it felt like I was there too. The late summer heat, the prickly cotton boles, the sudden rainstorms.
This is a sweet story without being saccharin, and I found that I was unable to put it down, well at least not without protest.