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A Truce With Time (A Love Story With Occasional Ghosts) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1988

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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Bantam Dell Pub Group (Trd) (Jan. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553052012
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553052015
  • Product Dimensions: 22.8 x 15.8 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,337,801 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
This is about a fifty-year-old writer who is looking back on his life, especially his relationships with his family, trying to come to terms with his past and repeated non-committal relationships against the backdrop of struggling with his writing and a new love affair. Hence the title, 'A Truce with Time'. From what little I know about Godwin's life, the story is clearly autobiographical to some extent; the main character was born in 1929, lives in New York, is a divorced bachelor and writer of historical fantasy who has dabbled in acting. All these things apply, or have applied, to Godwin, so one has to wonder how much of the rest does.
The main character has had a series of affairs which never last very long, and has recently found someone who he is getting serious about. However, as usual, he begins to push her away. The reason for this is to be found in his past, in particular in his upbringing in a dysfunctional family comprising an actor/writer father, an overbearing and alcoholic mother, a golden-boy older brother, a junkie younger brother and an unexceptional half-sister. All but the younger brother are dead, but due to his mid-life crisis the main character repeatedly sees them in the room with him, and even in imaginary situations such as a theatre or back in his childhood home, having extensive mental conversations with them. He just seems to accept this rather than being at all perturbed, and for much of the story it is not clear whether they are actually supposed to be ghosts or whether he has a particularly vivid imagination. Contrary to the subtitle of the book, the ghosts are far from 'occasional', as they seem to take up more than half of the book. This is a problem.
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