Why does time seem so short? How does women's time differ from men's? Why does time seem to move slowly in the countryside and quickly in cities? How do different cultures around the world see time? In A Sideways Look at Time, Jay Griffiths takes readers on an extraordinary tour of time as we have never seen it before.
With this dazzling and defiant work, Griffiths introduces us to dimensions of time that are largely forgotten in our modern lives. She presents an infectious argument for other, more magical times, the diverse cycles of nature, of folktale or carnival, when time is unlimited and on our side. This is a book for those who suspect that there's more to time than clocks.
Irresistible and provocative, A Sideways Look at Time could change the way we view time-forever.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)|
|Age Range:||18 - 13 Years|
About the Author
Hometown:Powys, Mid-Wales, U.K.
Place of Birth:Manchester, U.K.
Education:B.A. in English Literature and Language, Oxford University
Table of ContentsA Sideways Look at TimeIntroduction
1. Pips and Oceans and the Now
2. F.Fwd. The Trouser-Arrow of Speed
3. Mythical Lizards, Bacchus's Bins and Mining the Past
4. Bottoms Up! Mischief Nights and Millennium Days
5. Wreaking Good HavocA Time of Women
6. Wet Round Time and Dry Linear Time
7. The Power and the Glory
8. Life's Too Short
9. Progress is a Four-Letter Word
10. A Teflon Tomorrow
12. Tootle Pip
13. Wild Time
Bibliography Sources & Suggestions for Further Reading
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I read reviews that compared Jay Grifffiths'new book to Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. I was misled. The text of this book skips between recitations of the various ways undeveloped cultures measure time to silly puns on time-related words, implicitly criticizing modern time measurement but without ever making its argument explicit: that by measuring time accurately and in ever smaller and more predictable units, Western culture has lost its harmony with the pulse of the world resulting in . . . Koyaanaqatsi. Even if she made the point directly, I wouldn't buy it -- non 'Western' cultures aren't inherently better because they can't measure time in horrifically accurate nano-bites. They use the technology they have to measure time as accurately as they can, and their lives are paced accordingly. But the sun on a banana leaf is no more 'natural' a way to measure time than the ocillations of a cesium atom. The latter is just more predictable and consistent. Don't expect to be enlightened and don't expect a coherent discussion or exegesis of anything. Expect lots and lots of examples, clever sentences and wordplay, and no point. Unless, of course, I've been crippled by my Western capitalist imperialist male dominated nature abhorring cultural brainwashing and am therefore mentally locked into expecting coherent narration punctuated by meaningful examples, and just can't get with the natural, nonrecurring, unpredictable, sightly off but totally natural and therefore undeniably beautiful and 'right' melding of text and meaning in this book.
This is one of the few books I just couldn't get through. Not because of the information - it's great getting to know other cultures' views on "time," even if you don't agree with then - but because of the way the material was organized. There were tons of fantastic stories, and actually getting the research for these types of books takes an enormous amount of effort and [ha] time. But organizing all of this info in a way that doesn't leave the reader frustrated and just plain angry, should be priority. If you have patience and desire to break this book down for yourself - go for it - the stories ARE really interesting. The writing style, on the other hand, is just a slap in the face.
After three chapters I discovered that I just didn't have time to look at time sideways. This book presented a look at time that wasted mine and unhappily, I gave up trying to figure out exactly what the author was trying to convey. There seemed to be no real pattern to the writing and it was exhausting to read. Maybe if time wasn't of the essence, then it would have been worth the read.
I have never read a book like this. It's amazing!
The opening passage said it all with regard to who should read this book. Don't bother if you think you don't have enough time and everything in your life is driven by the clock (and you like it that way). I really enjoyed this book. A very well researched book, written in such a way that the reader feels like he/she is sitting down to talk about this over a bottle of wine. Although every book is one sided - you never get to ask the author any questions as you read - this felt as if Jay had pre-empted questions and was answering them as she spoke. Read it, enjoy it, and think differently about life.
Need I say more? This book is certainly different. Read it when you want to get angry. It drove me mad. You have to work so hard at unravelling the meandering script to get to the points which turn out to be hardly earth shattering. The entire book could have been precied nicely into a pamflet.
What a rare find is a well constructed series of arguments presented with a superb, readable prose. The author bases her thoughts on physics, philosophy, history, anthropology, and literature. Her passion for ideas and concepts is evident from the first sentences through to the last 'pip,pip.' Especially because I do not agree with all of the positions she takes but argues so well, this is a text worth a slow and careful read.