Wednesday, 29 July 2015
The Order Of Events
Each section of the narrative is headed by a year date:
in 372, Carl as the Wanderer addresses his and Jorith's great-grandson;
in 1935, he returns from 372;
in 300, he meets the young Jorith;
in 1980, he returns from the Academy on the same day that he had departed to it.
These are just the first four sections. Carl experiences these events in this order:
departure to the Academy;
the Academy in the Oligocene;
return from the Academy;
first meeting with Jorith;
conversation with the great-grandson;
return to 1935 -
- although, of course, there are other events between these. We do not lose track of the narrative while reading but it is instructive to analyze the text and realize how it was constructed.