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faith in humanity
Reviewed in the United States on February 26, 2017
It’s 2045, and historians are exploring the past with a new methodology: time travel. Oxford tutor Mr. Dunworthy is worrying about his student Kivrin, who is about to go back to 1320 Oxfordshire despite his grave misgivings about the dangers she might encounter. They do the “drop,” but something goes wrong. Is Kivrin really in 1320? Can she find the rendez-vous spot in time to go back to 2045? Can Mr. Dunworthy overcome political and bureaucratic obstacles in time to bring her home? Meanwhile, both of them find themselves in the middle of community crises where outside help is sought but never comes through and people have to count on one another.
Maybe I’m just hearing what I need to hear right now, but this book was about having faith in our fellow human beings. And about the importance of living up to the faith others put in us. About caring and community and refusing to give up on one another.
I loved the details in this story, especially the bells that tie together the past and the present/future and communicate the rhythms, peaks, and valleys of human experience. I also related to the main characters. The middle portion of the story dragged quite a bit as Kivrin and Mr. Dunworthy both struggle to solve their respective problems and are repeatedly thwarted, but I felt thoroughly rewarded for my patience in the end.