A Book about Time


The narrative is in chronological order, which is really reader-friendly. Unlike some other books that set up traps where readers easily get lost, One Day is so friendly that which page the reader turns into, he/she can quickly grasp what’s going on.

Even more, all chapters start with the St. Swithun Day. Different years, same day. What’s more chronological than that?

However, one fallout for this narrative is lengthiness. Sometimes, it’s too trivial, too nagging, that you just want to skip and move on.

Of course, overall, the books is quite enjoyable.
As the book spans from the late 1980s to the 1st decade of 21st century, you can clearly spot trends in people’s daily life. For instance, at that time, cell phone was yet to be popular. Not until in the middle part of the book did we have a first glimpse of its existence. It’s interesting to see how people changed their way of connecting with each other. Kudos to the development of technology.

What resonates with me most is the confusion young graduates feel when fresh out of college. This seems universal, across times and countries. Some heedlessly try to find their own place, some resort to travelling. One way or another, you will gradually land and live… Here I use “live”, because it may not be what you expect life to turn out but you will feel contented and know life is worth living.

Fancy as TV presenter may sound, Dexter ends up opening a cafe and only at that time, he finally turns up all right to people around him. Living on writing? Quite unimaginable. However, Emma made it. There are dark moments when she worked at a local restaurant, taught a bunch of kids, played in a nameless theater, but perseverance kept her going. And she made it. Her books, which may be not as deep as she wished, were best-sellers and was franchised. Truly, you never know what life prepares for you. Just wait and see.


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