I showed Hunting and Gathering to Wendy when I started reading it and she did not think, from the few glimpses she had, that it would be her sort of book. As a love story she recommended H E Bates' A Moment in Time. It would be arrogant of me to try and 'review' a book which must have been the subject of so many comments over the years by people far better qualified than I to pass judgement.
However there is one very striking comparison between it and Hunting and Gathering: the endings. I commented on the latter's ending that "What one can say is that the ending is wrapped up without a single thread left unsewn". Bates's ending is one which leaves you to believe in the ending without telling you what it is. Many years ago I wrote a piece called Life Is Good Brother which did just that. I thought (and still think) that it was quite a good piece. However I was slated by the teacher because it did just what Bates has done. I liked it in my essay. I don't like it when others do it. Inconsistent or what?
A Moment in Time is a pleasantly written story which one could not leave half read but it is not a book which I would pick up again nor put on my list of suggested reading for anyone else. Which just goes to show you.
Quotes:It's always as well to remember that there are occasions when the greatest danger comes not from your enemies but from your friends. [Quote, Unquote]It sounds like the most ordinary and simple of conversations but because of it I felt my latent affection for Tom Hudson stir very deeply inside myself, turn over and then go completely to sleep again, exactly like a warm kitten. [Hmmmm.]