Time Travail

Time Travail

by Howard Waldman

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Harvey Morgenstern promises miracles but the dying genius’ so-called time-machine is anything but impressive : a dusty old black-and-white TV in the basement stuck on one channel and showing a table-leg out of the 1930’s, the ghostly image of a conversation between two long-dead women, a pair of dogs in ancient endless copulation.

Harvey promises better things to his penniless assistant and former friend Jerry Weizman : a way to slow down time and project oneself back to loved-ones, above all back to Rachel Rosen, dead in mysterious circumstances half a century earlier, and loved by the two young men.

Jerry is slowly sucked down into Harvey’s obsession. He too seems to voyage back to the time of their youth. But how much of their visions are subjective distortions due to drugs, alcohol, yearning or growing mental unbalance? Why has Harvey hired him after decades of estrangement following Rachel’s death? Isn’t it to expose him to the rays of the time machine that are killing its inventor? Why does Jerry try to sabotage return to Rachel?

All those questions. And at the end startling answers.
Harvey Morgenstern promises miracles but the dying genius’ so-called time-machine is anything but impressive : a dusty old black-and-white TV in the basement stuck on one channel and showing a table-leg out of the 1930’s, the ghostly image of a conversation between two long-dead women, a pair of dogs in ancient endless copulation.

Harvey promises better things to his penniless assistant and former friend Jerry Weizman : a way to slow down time and project oneself back to loved-ones, above all back to Rachel Rosen, dead in mysterious circumstances half a century earlier, and loved by the two young men.

Jerry is slowly sucked down into Harvey’s obsession. He too seems to voyage back to the time of their youth. But how much of their visions are subjective distortions due to drugs, alcohol, yearning or growing mental unbalance? Why has Harvey hired him after decades of estrangement following Rachel’s death? Isn’t it to expose him to the rays of the time machine that are killing its inventor? Why does Jerry try to sabotage return to Rachel?

All those questions. And at the end startling answers.
Harvey Morgenstern promises miracles but the dying genius’ so-called time-machine is anything but impressive : a dusty old black-and-white TV in the basement stuck on one channel and showing a table-leg out of the 1930’s, the ghostly image of a conversation between two long-dead women, a pair of dogs in ancient endless copulation.

Harvey promises better things to his penniless assistant and former friend Jerry Weizman : a way to slow down time and project oneself back to loved-ones, above all back to Rachel Rosen, dead in mysterious circumstances half a century earlier, and loved by the two young men.

Jerry is slowly sucked down into Harvey’s obsession. He too seems to voyage back to the time of their youth. But how much of their visions are subjective distortions due to drugs, alcohol, yearning or growing mental unbalance? Why has Harvey hired him after decades of estrangement following Rachel’s death? Isn’t it to expose him to the rays of the time machine that are killing its inventor? Why does Jerry try to sabotage return to Rachel?

All those questions. And at the end startling answers.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046429626
Publisher: Howard Waldman
Publication date: 11/26/2014
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 495,702
File size: 352 KB

About the Author

Howard Waldman has spent a good part of his long life in France with his French wife and their Franco-American children. He taught European history at a France-based American university and later American literature for a French university (Paris 7).
He now listens to chamber music in his chamber and tries to grow roses in unsuitable soil.

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Time Travail 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I did not care for it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The thoroughly descriptive present-day Harvey living in squalor and insanity was too depressing for me.. However, the reminiscences of Jerry the narrator are compelling, realistic and heartwarming. I think the author pulled some bits from his own life to make Jerry. I found myself skimming past the (dark) Harvey sections toward the humorously awkward Jerry with Beth.............That alone worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago