The Great Re-Read Adventure of 2017

Hello, it’s me again! Welcome to August! Yes, I’m back and I haven’t quite worked out a schedule for myself yet, something I’ll hopefully get to soon enough.

Between all the new releases that seem to come out in bulk, not to mention all the books already out in the world the moment you’re born, if you’re like me, you get so overwhelmed by everything new and bright and shiny that you sometimes forget to pick up an old favourite, just for the heck of it.

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So Long, Farewell, July Wrap-Up Time

First off, anyone else singing the Sound of Music now?

Second, hey! Welcome to my first bookish post!

And… I’m late. Of course. So we’re off to a great start.

Ah, summer. For a young’un like me, that means no school. Which of course, by extension, means lots of reading time! Or at least it should, in my opinion. ‘Tis the season to relax, kick back, and enjoy several delicious novels. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the monthly wrap-up!

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Concluding Thoughts

“It ends like this:

Poo-tee-weet?” (22)

Despite being a so called “anti-war novel”, I decided that what interested me more was the role that time played in this novel, and how it compared to its role in the real world. Specifically, the idea of the non-linearity of time.

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3 Essential Questions… Answered?

In conclusion…

Is time linear?

Maybe- just because we can’t see the fourth dimension doesn’t mean it’s not there. At the same time, it’s in our nature to need to see proof to convert our thinking from what “might be” to what is.

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The Possibility of Becoming Unstuck

How might we be able to become “unstuck in time” in our own way?

“Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren’t necessarily fun. He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next” (23)

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Time of Our Lives

How much does time dictate our lives in comparison to the characters in the novel?

We know that it’s more likely at this point that time is more in control over us than we are of it.

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Time and Control

How much does time dictate our lives?

A lot, to say the least.

Humans, like all living creatures, are mortal- eventually, we all will run out of time. That’s why sayings like “carpe diem” exist, because we never know when our time is up, and we must seize every moment of it. But then how come so many of us keep our eyes so intent on the future?

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The Butterfly Effect and the Non-Linearity of Time

“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world” (The Butterfly Effect, 2004 movie)

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Introducing the Butterfly Effect

According to the Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions theory, also called the Chaos Theory, but more known to mainstream media as the Butterfly Effect, “the flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado” (Peter Dizikes, February 22, 2011).

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The Non-Linearity of Time

Seeing may be believing, but that does not mean we must go on in complete ignorance of what else might be.

“It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another on, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever” (27)

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How Soon is Now?

Time, a theory brought to you by the Tralfamadorians.

“The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist” (26-27)

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