This book is certainly a quick read.
It is well written and gives you a good deal of things to think of. We know what time is, but can hardly explain it, we only know how it is to live in a world where time is as we know it…It has an unchanging and stable past, the future cannot be predicted, nor is already outlined for us, thus we have a free will, time doesn’t stop, skip, or reverse. But what would it be like if it did skip, stop, reverse if it mirrored itself tens and hundreds of times or even a world without time. What a life would be like if our memory of time wasn’t accurate and changes every so often or if time had an end? This short book can give you an insight into the many many ways life would have been different having had a different Time? To a certain extend it can make you appreciate what you have in our world having our time, but on the other hand it can make you dream of a world where time has a whole new meaning.
Do not read any further if you haven’t read the book. Don’t want to spoil it for you.
What I didn’t like about the book is that the new chapters don’t have proper titles, but are dates like 10.July.1905. I’m not entirely sure if those stories were supposed to be Einstein’s dreams, but I didn’t see them as such.
I don’t know if I have ‘fallen in love’ with any of these worlds. I have thought about immortality before and at first liked the world where everyone is immortal, but then when I read the whole chapter I wasn’t sure such world was for me. I don’t have a clue if I am a Now(er) or a Latter(er)… In the end I though if I was really immortal maybe I’d have craved for death…just because that’s our nature- we want what we can’t have. I also admired the idea of a world of sincerity where everything that happens has only one meaning, relevant only to the present moment, it has no past no future. And it sounds beautiful, a world without regrets or consequences, but though I like the concept of it, I cannot fully imagine such world…not in real life or not in this world…
I couldn’t even dare thinking of a real world where my whole memory is gone and have to be build every day again and again until I die. That’s just terrifying…
Anyway…I liked the book and I sure will check out Lightman’s other books.