The Lost Time Accidents

The Lost Time Accidents In his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel The Lost Time Accidents John Wray takes us from turn of the century Viennese salons buzzing with rumors about Einstein s radical new theory to the d

  • Title: The Lost Time Accidents
  • Author: John Wray
  • ISBN: 9781250117984
  • Page: 492
  • Format: Paperback
  • In his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel, The Lost Time Accidents, John Wray takes us from turn of the century Viennese salons buzzing with rumors about Einstein s radical new theory to the death camps of World War Two, from the golden age of postwar pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a Manhattan apartment packed to the ceiling with artifacts of moIn his ambitious and fiercely inventive new novel, The Lost Time Accidents, John Wray takes us from turn of the century Viennese salons buzzing with rumors about Einstein s radical new theory to the death camps of World War Two, from the golden age of postwar pulp science fiction to a startling discovery in a Manhattan apartment packed to the ceiling with artifacts of modern life.Haunted by a failed love affair and the darkest of family secrets, Waldemar Waldy Tolliver wakes one morning to discover that he has been exiled from the flow of time The world continues to turn, and Waldy is desperate to find his way back a journey that forces him to reckon not only with the betrayal at the heart of his doomed romance but also the legacy of his great grandfather s fatal pursuit of the hidden nature of time itself.Part madcap adventure, part harrowing family drama, part scientific mystery and never less than wildly entertaining The Lost Time Accidents is a bold and epic saga set against the greatest upheavals of the twentieth century.

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    About "John Wray"

    1. John Wray

      John Wray is the author of three critically acclaimed novels, Lowboy, The Right Hand of Sleep and Canaan s Tongue He was named one of Granta s Best Young American Novelists in 2007 The recipient of a Whiting Award, he lives in Brooklyn, New York.

    871 thoughts on “The Lost Time Accidents”

    1. I am so relieved to be done with this book. If I told you that the problem with this story is an unbelievable central premise, you'd likely assume I was referring to the myriad time travel machinations. Not so. I'm a sucker for a time travel plot, and while not perfect, there was a studied, if slightly over-complicated mystery to this one, that could have flourished under different circumstances. However, more than a time travel story, this book is at heart a Chosen One narrative, and in the opi [...]

    2. The cover illustration nails a nifty visual of Wray’s latest fiction--that time is not linear, but, rather, is rotary or circular, curved or spherical. Where did this come from, and why does it matter? It starts with Waldemar “Waldy” Tolliver, and the opening of this novel will likely go down as one of the greatest first lines of fiction:“This morning, at 08:47 EST, I woke up to find myself excused from time.” Well, whose curiosity wouldn’t be piqued? Its message is lean and straight [...]

    3. The Lost Time Accidents is not a flawless epic masterpiece (say, Bolano's 2666), but it is an incredibly creative, penetrating, fun, well-written, thought-provoking 3-generational saga that defies genres or synopsis. I didn't love this (4/5), and the execution didn't always work terribly well (4/5), but, I'm going with 5 for Wray's sheer originality and ingenuity. Because what this book manages to do is somehow weave together questions about historical memory (i.e. how do we atone for the sins o [...]

    4. From Flavorwire's "50 Most Anticipated Books of 2016" list: This big, multi-genre epic from the author of Lowboy and Canaan’s Tongue considers the damage wrought by the 20th century alongside questions about the nature of time. At more than 500 pages, it’s a gamble, but one that sounds like it could conjure the ghost of Alain Resnais’ Je t’aime je t’aime.I loved the hell out of Lowboy and I am totes into big-ass doorstoppers these days soooo gimme gimme gimme.

    5. (First appeared at thenewdorkreviewofbooks) Time isn't a straight arrow, nor is it a flat circle (sorry, McConaughey) — rather, the "chronosphere" is just that: a sphere we're all trapped in. But what if the sphere could be traversed, manipulated, emerged from? If the past is memories, the future is dreams, and the presents slowly recedes into the past only due to the passage of time, what if all it took to navigate within the chronosphere is the human mind, well trained? If this sounds like t [...]

    6. What a hard slog I found this novel to be.The storyline is narrated by the youngest member of the family It takes us back to Viennese salons buzzing with rumours about Einsteins theory and up to the death camps of World War Two.I would like to thank Net Galley, Carrongate Books and the author John Wray for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

    7. So Weird. SO GOOD. I was completely blown away. Wray's sense of humor is amazing and he pairs it with fantastic writing and dialogue and perfectly wacky theories about time. (If only Bats of the Republic had been so well-written.) The only caveat is this: you have to give this book about 50 pages before making a decision. Once you've gotten into the story, you can understand why Wray opens the book the way he does, but the beginning is a bit eye-roll-inducing until you get your bearings.

    8. I started this book on a long flight thinking I would be stuck and would have hours to read. I just can't get into it. It is so boring and twee I fell asleep seven times. I'm moving on. In the preciousness, it reminded me of Jonathan Norell and Dr. Strange, another book I gave up on, albeit much further along.

    9. I'm a sucker for books that tackle weird metaphysical issues. This one is pretty clever: the main character, Walter, wakes up removed from time and starts writing a memoir. The book skips back and forth through time - he details his family history starting with his great grandfather, as well as his relationship with the mysterious Mrs. Haven, to whom the novel is written.There was a lot going on here. His entire family is afflicted by the syndrome, that is, an obsession with the "Lost Time Accid [...]

    10. As other readers have commented, this book does begin with what may be the greatest first line: "This morning, at 08:47 EST, I woke up to find myself excused from time.” The novel starts with Waldemar “Waldy” Tolliver, a strange name for a strange man with a stranger family, going back four generations and whom have all been affected by the "syndrome, an obsession with time and the belief that it travels in circles rather than a straight line. They believe one can therefore "chrononavigate [...]

    11. The premise of The Lost Time Accidents is that of accidentally discovered time travel, whose secret and formula is immediately lost, and its consequences on one family who will do whatever it is that is necessary to re-discover it. The narrator is the great-grandson of the discoverer, who is called Waldemar, after his crazy grand-uncle who happened to be a horrible Nazi; someone who tried to further the research into time-travel by using Jewish prisoners at the concentration camp he headed. The [...]

    12. 5+ out of 5. One of the great joys of my reading year, actually: it's a perfectly constructed novel, one that rewards taking your time with it and allowing the size and scope to hit you as they will. It takes a moment to push through the barrier in the beginning, I'll admit - but once you're in, it's a delightful ride. Wray brings speculative influences together with real-world politics (both global and familial) and honest highbrow literature to create something that I think Kurt Vonnegut would [...]

    13. Time makes a fool of us all.What is Time? How do we perceive it? Does it flow in circles or a straight line? And is it possible to chrononavigate to the past and present? The Lost Time Accidents is about the essence of Time that is wrapped around an obscure tale of the Toula family. The story begins at the turn of the 19th Century in Central Europe and continues to present day Manhattan with a pit stop during the Holocaust. There's a lot going on in this hefty book and I loved it for the most pa [...]

    14. An insanely complex novel I couldn't for the life of me get into. Multi-generational stories, by definition, tend to be epic and this book is no different. However, what makes it complex is that it deals with so many abstract notion that it gets very difficult to track everything down. There is flashbacks, there is flashforwards, parallel narrative, etc. It's too much at times. I stopped reading it after the first half and I still have no clear idea as to who some important characters are. The t [...]

    15. This book is a lot of fun to read: there are numerous "laugh out loud" moments, normally because of the author's turn of phrase. There were several occasions when I interrupted my wife's reading of a long novel about Henry VIII to read sentences to her just because they amused me so much.And it's an interesting story. Against the background of Einstein's (referred to as "The Patent Clerk" rather than by name) development of relativity and the world wars, a story develops of a family battling aga [...]

    16. Fascinating! I had some questions still at the end, and I'm not sure I understood everything completely (could be user error). However, I know that I will re-read this (which I rarely say) I found it to be so creative and interesting that I have to give it 5 stars. A reminder of the sheer joy of a great story! Thank you John Wray.

    17. Thank God this one is over. Probably deserves 3 stars for the writing alone but I just couldn't give them because the plot line was weird and all over the place and had me so utterly bored, and the ending was anticlimactic. Should have given up on this one, not sure why I finished it.

    18. One of the few books I've ever put down without finishing. Decent enough concept for me to try reading it (and get 80% of the way through) but ultimately the writing is so overwrought, the plot so slow, the characters so uninteresting, that I give up.

    19. I don't know, man. I kept putting this on hold at the library, missing the pickup date and having to put it on hold again, and then I finally got it. I thought it was a time-travel story, and as a time-travel story it really doesn't work. As whatever it's actually trying to be? Well, I'm not entirely sure it works as that either. For the first quarter or so I was so consistently amused and engaged by the writing style and the frequent brilliant and hilarious turns of phrase that I didn't really [...]

    20. There was a lot of beauty in this book, the writing is excellentbut I’m at a loss with the science. In terms of a family history narrative and generational love story, I was totally satisfied. But I supposed that much of the nuance of the story was lost on me with its heavy dependence on physics, mathematics, relativity, thermodynamics, etc.

    21. An Exhilirating Blend of Science, History, Philosophy and Fiction Worthy of Exceptional PraiseThis is a most beguiling, truly imaginative, mess of a novel, and I use the word "mess" to praise John Wray's superb storytelling craft and prose, worthy of comparison with the likes of Italo Calvino, William Gibson, David Mitchell and Haruki Murakami. It is an impressive fictional trek through 20th Century European and American history, cloaked as a genre-bending cross between time-travel speculative f [...]

    22. John Wray’s The Lost Time Accidents is an epic novel that follows the path of a the family of a man who seems to die just as he’s discovered time-travel. The final piece of the puzzle is lost with him but his sons believe they can replicate his experiments and find the secret themselves.As the twentieth century develops and war breaks out in Europe one son leaves and travels to America, while his brother uses the prison camps to conduct more experiments.Their story, and that of the rest of t [...]

    23. The only reason I even finished this book was because I was reading it for a bookclub. I kept waiting for it to get interesting or for there to be any type of character development, but it never happened.

    24. I never pick up sic-fi, and for some reason decided to pick up a 490 page book in the genre. This was interesting though. All the sci-fi bits were mind-numbingly boring to me (specifics of time travel, some kind of super-hyper-physics) but I loved the family history Waldy told. Starting with his great-grandfather Ottokar who was killed by a wristwatch carrying truck right after he had discovered the Lost Time Accidents--where time is a sphere, not linear--at the exact point in history that Einst [...]

    25. The Lost Time Accidents", the wonderful new novel by John Wray, is difficult to describe; it's not exactly science fiction, although there is a component of that genre. And it's not a time-travel book per se, it is more of a family saga about a family that has been obsessed with TIME for three generations.The Toula/Tolliver family has been searching for the missing pages of Ottokar Toula's "formula" for time travel which he entrusted to his mistress minutes before his death at the beginning of t [...]

    26. I couldn't do it. I got a quarter of the way through this and just couldn't do it anymore. It was a complete slog. It's not really sci-fi at all in my opinion. It's really just a multi-generational love story with a bunch of bad technobabble thrown in to dress it up as something more than it is. It's also pretty heavy-handed and repetitive on the metaphors and allegory. Everything is a winter pear and everyone drives a Daimler. I will give it credit that aside from the gripes above it is compete [...]

    27. This is an incredibly ambitious and unusual novel. So unusual in fact that I am having difficulty finding anything to compare it to!It is a multi-generational novel tracking the varied and conflicting lives of the Tolliver family. Most of the characters are not likable and certainly don't like each other much. Their quest to solve a family secret, and possibly the answer to the question of time travel, has warped and possessed them. I most enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the aunts apartment in [...]

    28. I'm very puzzled as to how to explain my thoughts on this book. Firstly, it took me ages to read, not because I wasn't enjoying it, but because it's intense. At just under 500 pages, it's long but also full of dense prose and exotic word choice that required a bit more mental exertion than I typically need while reading fiction. Couple that with an intricate, cross-dimensional tale of 4 generations of an eccentric Eastern European family, and it's no surprise it wasn't exactly an "easy" read. Th [...]

    29. I'm really ambivalent about this novel. I liked the historical fiction a lot, as we learn about the history of Waldemar's (aka Walter or Waldy) in the context of what actually happened in the world, with the real life "big names" playing their real life roles, e.g Einstein, Hitler, Himmler, etc. I did not, however, get as much enjoyment from the sic fi/time travel aspect. The Walter/Mrs. Haven love story/thriller story was odd, weaving its way in and around the time travel piece. I'm still puzzl [...]

    30. This book is hard work. I probably only "got" 60% of it. But that was enough to keep me reading. And, so I did, I kept pushing forward, not worrying too much about keeping the characters and the events and the timeframe straight. I just kept moving forward through the book.I liked the protagonist, Waldemar the second, and his father, Oskar. I think that is what kept me reading. On the other hand, I have no desire to read this book again and I probably wouldn't line up to read another book by Joh [...]

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