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Author: David Bergen
ISBN13: 978-0771011399
Title: The Time in Between
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Language: English
Category: Literary
Publisher: Emblem Editions (May 30, 2006)
Pages: 288

The Time in Between by David Bergen



David Bergen, a Canadian writer, won the Giller for this in 2005 and another of his - The Age of Hope - was a finalist in Canada Reads 2013. I had never read him before. The Time In Between focuses on a . veteran w Just a few notes here before this book evaporates into the ether on me; which is not an indictment of its quality (more, my own poor literary memory. Hence the need for these notes. It really deserves a wider audience

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Jon paused and laid the book on the table. I asked him if he had ever met our father, or seen him around town when he lived here during that month. He looked at me and then he said, ‘Not ye. It was the oddest thing. What does that mean? Not yet.

About book: He worked the night shift and returned as the sun was rising, and there was always immense hope in that moment, though it didn’t last. Sleeping in the daylight seemed to produce fewer dreams and for that he was thankful. One day after work he stopped at a travel agency and bought a ticket for Hanoi, through Bangkok. He didn’t tell anyone about this plan, and if he’d been asked he wouldn’t have been able to explain himself.

David Bergen is the author of four highly acclaimed novels: A Year of Lesser, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award; See the Child; The Case of Lena . winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award, a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the McNally Robinson Book of the. Year Award, and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction; and, most recently, The Time in Between, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize.

But his new encounters seem irreconcilable with his memories. The Time in Between - David Bergen.

David Bergen’s The Time In-Between is about how children inherit their parents’ ghosts and the elusive nature of grace. It also makes a stunning connection between the wars that are fought out in the world, and the ones that cleave families in private. Ravishingly told and deeply felt, it’s a huge accomplishment. Michael Redhill, author of Martin Sloane. 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.

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. When an old war colleague lends him a book written by a North Vietnamese soldier, Charles is immediately drawn to this young man's harrowing story of survival; the author's brooding photograph and the sadness that seems to hover around and above him intriguing Charles. The story provides Charles' final catalysis, opening up a kinship with something, awakening of the moral forces that have so overwhelmed him.

Bergen: THE TIME IN BETWEEN. part one. the room was full of light.

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.
Reviews: 7
Livina
There's promise . . . more promise . . . and then it's over. The piquancy that stirs the narrative to life never quite achieves poignance.
Hra
One of the best books I've ever read. Truly.
Rollers from Abdun
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
Atineda
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.
Aurizar
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.
Gianni_Giant
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.