Time Will Darken It

Time Will Darken It

by William Maxwell


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Pregnant with her second child, Martha King finds her marriage to lawyer Austin King more and more frustrating when her husband befriends his young foster cousin, Nora, and, in the process, unwittingly jeopardizes his marriage, career, and place in the community.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780679772583
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 02/18/1997
Series: Vintage International Series , #1
Pages: 368
Product dimensions: 5.47(w) x 8.45(h) x 0.83(d)

About the Author

   William Maxwell was born in 1908, in Lincoln, Illinois. When he was fourteen his family moved to Chicago and he continues his education there and at the University of Illinois.  After a year of graduate work at Harvard he went back to Urbana and taught freshman composition, and then turned to writing.  He has published six novels, three collections of literary essays and reviews, and a book for children.  For forty years he was a fiction editor at The New Yorker. From 1969 to 1972 he was president of the National Institute of Arts and Letters,  He received the Brandeis Creative Arts Award Medal and, for So Long, See You Tomorrow,  the American Book Award and the Howells Medal of the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in 2000.

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Eudora Welty

Mr. Maxwell's public is well aware that his sensitive prose is the good and careful tool of an artist who is always doing exactly what he needs to do. The careful, meditative examination of unfolding relationships among people of several ages, all interesting, as Mr. Maxwell's expected integrity, and the stories quiet and accumulating power, a dark and disturbing beauty that has some of its roots, at least, in fine restraint.

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Time Will Darken It 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
daisyGS More than 1 year ago
Buy, Buy, Buy. I highly recommend this wonderful book. I first read about in a brief interview of Joyce Maynard in the New York Post. She found it hilarious but also deep, not at all superficial. The story is simple. A man's foster family (his father or grandfather was raised by the ancestors of this particular family) comes to visit the house one summer. Little does the protagonist know that their visit will last 6 weeks and will bring about much drama. All of the characters are 3 dimensional and will keep you thinking. For example, Austin King. Is he noble or just morally selfish? Nora, is she brilliant or just young, naive and hopelessly in love? Is Martha King the one intelligent redeeming character or just a whiner? You have to read the book. Toward the end, you are at the edge of your seat and after you finish the conclusion, rather than just forgetting about the story and going to another book, you find yourself rethinking certain scenes and parts of the story. Most of all, you find yourself thinking very deeply about the characters. I started off loving Austin at the beginning and middle of the book. But by the end, I felt that Austin was a wimp and a phony and Martha was the true wise owl. Highly recommended.
jhhymas on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Here is a book that is as near perfection as it is possible for a novel to be ... quote fromk unknown source in Amazon. I AGREE!
Brennagh on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful book by a great author whom I feel has not received the recognition he deserves. Although perhaps best known for the award winning So Long, See You Tomorrow, Maxwell's masterpiece may be this novel about the effect a visiting set of relatives has on a family, their friends and neighbors. Maxwell is a master at creating characters, both male and female. He also has a deft hand in placing these characters in a certain time and place. I felt I could walk through the door of the King house on Elm Street in 1912 to enjoy the buffet supper and be a first hand observer of how the Southern relatives begin to charm the natives of Draperville, a small city in the midwwest. Highly recommend.
markfinl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second William Maxwell book I have read this year and it is just wonderful. Reminds me a bit of Winesburg, Ohio and the novels of Sinclair Lewis. It's a book about small town life in Illinois just prior to World War I. I am about two thirds of the way through right now. I am amazed that I am just learning of William Maxwell, because from what I have read so far he ranks with the best American authors of the 20th century.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago