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  • ISBN: 1400062403
  • Author: David Bergen
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Random House; 1st edition (December 6, 2005)
  • Pages: 256 pages
  • ePUB size: 1827 kb
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The Time in Between is a novel by Canadian author David Bergen.

The Time in Between is a novel by Canadian author David Bergen.

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CHAPTER 7. Acknowledgments. Questions and topics - for discussion. Also by david bergen. To Tran Cau and Hoang Dang. Praise for The Time In Between. Devastating and powerful. In this elegant novel, David Bergen weaves a precise and resonant prose through the connected histories of people touched by love, death, and war. A lovely, sad, and ultimately redeeming work of fiction. BRADY UDALL, author of The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint.

The Time In Between book. The novel chronicles a family's experience of trauma and vicarious trauma, and their attempts to revisit the past, physically and in memory, as a means to recover from it. That, in itself, is enough to keep one reading, but Bergen does a couple of other things that are truly extraordinary and which almost push this into five-star territory for me. First, he writes with a concision that has been likened to Raymond Carver (whom I've not read) but that I would call Hemingway-esque.

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Bestselling novelist David Bergen follows his Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning The Time in Between with a haunting novel about the clash of generations - and cultures

Bestselling novelist David Bergen follows his Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning The Time in Between with a haunting novel about the clash of generations - and cultures. In 1973, outside of Kenora, Ontario, Raymond Seymour, an eighteen-year-old Ojibway boy, is taken by a local policeman to a remote island and left for dead. The Doctor is an enigmatic man who spouts bewildering truisms, and who bathes naked every morning in the pond at the edge of the Retreat while young Everett Byrd watches from the bushes. Lizzy, the eldest of the Byrd children, cares for her younger brothers Fish and William, and longs for what she cannot find at the Retreat.

The Age Of Hope: A Novel. com User, September 3, 2007. Winner of the 2005 Scotiabank Giller prize, The Time in Between is an audiobook novel formerly broadcast on CBC Radio. A tale of the aftermath of the Vietnam War, The Time in Between tells of Charles Boatman as he returns to Vietnam, where he fought nearly thirty years ago as a reluctant and youthful soldier.

About The Time In Between

Category: Literary Fiction Historical Fiction. About The Time In Between. But his new encounters seem irreconcilable with his memories. The Time in Between was the recipient of the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Famous Literary Fiction Books and Novels.

In search of love, absolution, or forgiveness, Charles Boatman leaves the Fraser Valley of British Columbia and returns mysteriously to Vietnam, the country where he fought twenty-nine years earlier as a young, reluctant soldier. But his new encounters seem irreconcilable with his memories.When he disappears, his daughter Ada, and her brother, Jon, travel to Vietnam, to the streets of Danang and beyond, to search for him. Their quest takes them into the heart of a country that is at once incomprehensible, impassive, and beautiful. Chasing her father’s shadow for weeks, following slim leads, Ada feels increasingly hopeless. Yet while Jon slips into the urban nightlife to avoid what he most fears, Ada finds herself growing closer to her missing father — and strong enough to forgive him and bear the heartbreaking truth of his long-kept secret.Bergen’s marvellously drawn characters include Lieutenant Dat, the police officer who tries to seduce Ada by withholding information; the boy Yen, an orphan, who follows Ada and claims to be her guide; Jack Gouds, an American expatriate and self-styled missionary; his strong-willed and unhappy wife, Elaine, whose desperate encounters with Charles in the days before his disappearance will always haunt her; and Hoang Vu, the artist and philosopher who will teach Ada about the complexity of love and betrayal. We also come to learn about the reclusive author Dang Tho, whose famous wartime novel pulls at Charles in ways he can’t explain. Moving between father and daughter, the present and the past, The Time in Between is a luminous, unforgettable novel about one family, two cultures, and a profound emotional journey in search of elusive answers. “Beautiful and timely…A sparse and moving meditation on the burden of war across generations.”–San Francisco Chronicle“Exquisite…With simple sentences, evocative images and subtle insights into elusive emotional states, the words don’t merely tell a story; they become poetry.”–The Baltimore Sun“This is a book of searching….Part war story…part expatriate novel, too, as if A Farewell to Arms and The Sun Also Rises had been rolled into one.”–Chicago Tribune“Brilliant…a literary triumph…As Kurt Vonnegut’s memorable “Slaughterhouse-Five” did so brilliantly with the impact of World War II, Bergen’s book lives and breathes the Vietnam experience.”–Deseret Morning News (Best Books of 2005)Best Books of 2005–St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Intense…haunting…a profound meditation on human disconnection.”–Seattle Post-Intelligencer“Spellbinding.”–The Sunday Oklahoman“Bergen is a master of understatement.…[his] elegantly crafted denouement is devastating and powerful, a testament to a writer who senses that some things–passion, violence–can be understood only by traveling outside one's comfort zone and traversing the far edges of reason.”–San Diego Union-Tribune“A beautifully composed, unflinching and harrowing story. Perhaps the best fiction yet to confront and comprehend the legacy of Vietnam.”–Kirkus Reviews (starred review)“Affecting…delicate…At the end of this lovely novel, it is Ada and her siblings who are left searching, and the reader along with them.”–The Wall Street Journal“The Vietnam War has been the inspiration for scores of novels, but Bergen’s fifth book is one of the most moving we’ve encountered.”–Sacramento Bee“A beautifully crafted meditation on the frustrating search for emotional clarity….[This] simmering novel will mesmerize readers with the intensity of its vision.”–Booklist“Haunting and dreamlike…The author writes with a certain delicacy of description…[that] preserves the exquisiteness of the Vietnamese culture, lending a unique beauty to the story. Highly recommended.”–Library Journal“Luminous…In this meditation on the aftereffects of violence and failed human connection, Bergen’s austere prose illustrates the arbitrary nature of life’s defining moments.”–Publishers Weekly
Comments: (7)
There's promise . . . more promise . . . and then it's over. The piquancy that stirs the narrative to life never quite achieves poignance.
Throw her heart
One of the best books I've ever read. Truly.
Canadian novelist David Bergen's THE TIME IN BETWEEN is simply one of the most riveting, unputdownable books I have read in a long time. He writes in a starkly elegant style reminiscent of Hemingway. In fact, though there are few similarities, I kept remembering A Farewell To Arms as I marveled my way through Bergen's book. Probably because this is a book about war and the long-lasting and far-reaching effects that war wreaks on its survivors and their families.

Charles Boatman was eighteen when he went to war in Vietnam. One moment in that war changed him. A instinctive trigger-pull that left him a tortured, guilt-ridden man for the rest of his life.

"He shot a young boy. The boy was standing in the doorway of a hut and he shot him. That's what he did ... he saw right away that it was a young boy and not a soldier ... they chased the remaining villagers out into the fields and called in an air strike. And everything disappeared. The boy that he had shot. The old woman that someone else had shot. All of that disappeared. Only it didn't."

'Only it didn't.' Thirty years later, a ruined marriage behind him, his three children grown, Charles Boatman travels back to Vietnam to try to understand what happened, to try to find peace. He disappears. His older daughter, Ada, and his son, Jon, fly to Danang to look for their father. There are no happy endings here. In fact the Boatman family's story is filled with an ineffable sadness that permeates this elegant novel. And there is also an unmistakable eroticism laced throughout the narrative, in both storylines, that of Charles, and the one of his daughter Ada.

In telling the Boatmans' story, Bergen reveals a broken family in rural Canada, and also a modern post-war Vietnam that not many know, a country that has largely put the past behind them and concentrates on the now, on the ruthless mechanics of survival.

Ada Boatman is carrying a book with her, The Great Gatsby, which I pondered, remembering that famous last line from the Fitzgerald novel:

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past."

Charles Boatman, pinned mercilessly to a moment in time when he took a boy's life, a moment he could never forgive himself for.

Fitzgerald, Hemingway - both obvious influences in the work of David Bergen. And there is one more book which obviously played an enormous part in this novel. Bergen disguises the book in his narrative, calling it "In a Dark Wood." But the real book is one written by a North Vietnamese veteran of the war, Bao Ninh's classic The Sorrow of War: A Novel of North Vietnam. I think I must read this book eventually.

THE TIME IN BETWEEN is a book about war, what it does, what it continues to do, to its unlucky participants. When Boatman's son, Jon, wonders why their father never told them about what had happened to him in the war and calls him a coward, Ada is more understanding, saying, "He must have been tormented." And then she also adds that "a person's private horror wasn't something to throw out for group discussion." Indeed.

I know I haven't adequately described what a beautiful book David Bergen has written, but that is what it is. Sensitive storytelling. Elegant (there's that word again), beautiful writing. VERY highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER
David Bergen's The Time in Between sticks closely to life's meandering, unfathomable randomness and unknowability. Very few writers have the courage to put it down as such, preferring to develop a little definitive dramatic action with something resembling a wrap at the end. Not Bergen. It's just life, here. Nothing goes right. Nothing entirely makes sense. Some of the scenes leave you shaking your head, saying, "Really?" But then, yes, really. That is how things go. They don't go right. You're too late. You can't catch a corner. Your interests aren't, in fact, aligned with everyone else's.

Poor Charles Boatman and his family, struggling to figure it out. And failing, mostly. And that's life.

Bergen successfully gets it down on paper without making it incomprehensible or too depressing to read. An excellent effort. I'd give it four-and-a-half stars, but Amazon doesn't do halves, so four stars.
This is a very simple story and is very well written.

In a nutshell, it is the story of Charles Boatman, a Viet Nam vet who has raised his children in rural British Columbia after his ex-wife dies. He enjoys a close relationship with the children and loves them very much. He has a particularly close relationship with his eldest daughter, Ada.

Seemingly out of the blue, Charles returns to Viet Nam where he served during the war. He is haunted by his experiences there and a boy that he killed during the war. It is always unclear what Charles is searching for but he is clearly still much affected by the war and carries a great sadnes.

When Charles disappears, his daughter Ada and son Jon, fly to Viet Nam to search for answers. Ada is very motivated to unearth the truth and also to understand her father. Jon is far less interested and is along for the ride while he lives a party life in Danang and later Hanoi.

Ultimately, it is about the effects of war and the relationship between a father and daughter. There is a lot of sadness in the novel and trying to understand the meaning of our lives.

It's a good book though not necessarily for everyone. Like life, many things are not resolved and it's more about the journey than the destination.

There are few gimmicks in the writing and it moves forward in a very linear fashion with some simple flashbacks. It is very narrowly focused on a specific location and specific point in time. This is novel very much about inner journeys.

I liked it but didn't love it. It's a good solid 3 star novel.
This is a Giller Prize winning book from 2005. I am working my way through the list of past winners. This book to me was middle of the road for a Giller Prize winner. The writing is almost poetic-spare and descriptive. The story is set in British Columbia, Canada and in Vietnam. I liked the settings very much. I found that the book did move me and gave an insight into post traumatic stress. Charles Boatman served in the Vietnam war and then comes to settle in Canada afterwards. He secludes himself high up in the British Columbia mountains, raises three children there, and then decides to go back to Vietnam to try to lay to rest old memories. He seems to disappear once there and so two of his children come to find him, and have to trace his history during the war in order to find him and in order to understand some of the demons that their father had all his post war life. Don't get me wrong, this is a good book. Maybe just a little far off of my preferred genre for me to love it.
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