A Clock Without Hands: A Novel

A Clock Without Hands: A Novel

Guy Burt / Jan 18, 2020

A Clock Without Hands A Novel I want to turn back the hands on the clock and change it all make it different three friends who meet up by chance in an old city and share a beer and laugh at old stories and jokes But it wasn t lik

  • Title: A Clock Without Hands: A Novel
  • Author: Guy Burt
  • ISBN: 9780345446572
  • Page: 206
  • Format: Paperback
  • I want to turn back the hands on the clock and change it all, make it different three friends who meet up by chance in an old city and share a beer and laugh at old stories and jokes But it wasn t like that and the clock has no hands, so I can t turn them back p.171 Alex Carlise has returned to a place he thought he d never see again, outside of his dreams As he I want to turn back the hands on the clock and change it all, make it different three friends who meet up by chance in an old city and share a beer and laugh at old stories and jokes But it wasn t like that and the clock has no hands, so I can t turn them back p.171 Alex Carlise has returned to a place he thought he d never see again, outside of his dreams As he walks the ochre dusted road to the house in which he grew up, the memories of his young life in a small Italian town push all other thoughts out of his head thoughts about the major exhibition of his artwork opening soon in London, thoughts of the myriad things he should be doing in preparation everything subsides to make room for the warm flood of a time long past.When he opens the door to the now deserted house, he is suddenly seven again There is Jamie, his first friend, his best friend Anna, his first love and the delicious days they spent exploring the valley and swimming in the cerulean blue Mediterranean Sea It all comes back to Alex in a way he can neither control nor discern But the memories are insistent, demanding Soon Alex loses entire hours to the past, overwhelmed by the haunting memories of a youth turned tragic Alex remembers the day he, Jamie, and Anna went to their favorite place, an abandoned church far up in the hills There they stumbled upon a man, injured and sick From this discovery, a series of events tumbled forth that would change them all forever Alex now realizes that he must confront the truth about himself, about the echoes of the past that still haunt him, and about the friends whose legacy has meant only devastation.Guy Burt s vision of youth is piercingly accurate, and his sense of how time can play tricks on the mind is startling Haunting, eerie, and remarkably assured, The Clock Without Hands will resonate with the child that hides inside your own memories.From the Hardcover edition.

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      • Guy Burt

        Guy Burt is a novelist and BAFTA award winning screenwriter.Born in 1972, Burt wrote his first novel, After the Hole, when he was 18 He went on to write two further novels, Sophie and The Dandelion Clock, and taught English for five years When After the Hole was filmed as The Hole, starring Thora Birch , Burt began writing for screen, and has become one of the top screenwriters working in Britain today You can see his screenwriting credits here.He now works on both novels and screenplays, and divides his time between England and Spain He is married to Philosophy lecturer Chon Tejedor and has two children.


    823 Comments

    1. I have a sticker in my car that says "Some of my best friends are fictional." And in a way, that's very true. The books I like best are the ones with strong characterization, with characters who not only feel real to me, but who I come to love. This is a book like that- character driven more than plot driven, with characters that are easy to become attached to.I first read this book almost exactly 15 years ago, when it was called The Dandelion Clock.I was in a London airport bookshop with an hou [...]


    2. Posting this here as well, in case anyone else is as confused as I was about the title. This book is now officially found under the title A Clock Without Hands /book/show/3I have a sticker in my car that says "Some of my best friends are fictional." And in a way, that's very true. The books I like best are the ones with strong characterization, with characters who not only feel real to me, but who I come to love. This is a book like that- character driven more than plot driven, with characters t [...]



    3. Inkheart showed me a love of reading by A Clock Without Hands showed me to appreciate words. I wish more people had read this novel because it is absolutely gripping. Currently my copy of the novel sits on the kitchen table since I desperately want to reread its story. Yet I am holding myself back because I fear my memory has foolishly increased my appreciation of the novel, how appropriate!



    4. I just really, really liked this book. It takes a little while to get into the unusual writing style. The story is not what you would call linear. It just back and forth in the time line with no warning. It works though. This story was different from Burt's other books in that there weren't exactly unexpected plot twists. There is very little that you don't see coming from a mile away. The drama is in watching it all unfold for the main character. This story was gripping, poignant, involved, and [...]


    5. Wow. This is one complex story line--Guy Burt, I give you HIGH praises for the intricate patterns, the continuous transitions from past to present to past to present . . . I almost gave up (several times) because I found myself lost in the dust too many times. But as the story progressed, you managed to hold my attention and soon I fell into the rhythm you so delicately orchestrated. This is a story I would not have wanted to miss. I sat in 2 (yes, two!) parking lots on my way home from work, wa [...]


    6. In the end, I wasn't sure how I felt about this book. I loved the 3 main characters, however, in the end, I was left with one thought: Why? The book simultaneously told the story of Alex and his 2 friends in various periods of life. The story of him as a child was a wonderful slice of childhood and I really enjoyed it. I was looking to find out how these 3 segments converge, but they never seem to. He supposedly at the end (and in older life) realized some major understanding, but I never knew w [...]


    7. It took me a while to get used to the fragmented way this book is constructed, but in the end, this proved to be one of the most interesting books I have read for a while.The characters are believeable and the setting in which Burt sets the story is beautifully described. I also felt that the sense of intrigue and suspense created throughout this novel, kept me gripped throughout. The ending felt a bit of an anticlimax, but I think this book should be read more than once, to fully appreciate it. [...]


    8. This book really upset me. It's profoundly sad in a way that stays with you long after you're done. I'm not spoiling anything - the majority of the book is told in flashback, so you know from the beginning WHAT happened. As the book progresses, you just figure out how and why. I really wish Burt would write more. Only three books, and nothing new in years and years! Guy, where are you? Come back! I need more!


    9. A wonderfully written novel about loss of innocence of three youngsters over the course of a hot Italian summer in a quiet beach village. The Italian village provides the perfect background. The almost total absence of adults allows Burt to create a Peter Pan type world, which of course will come undone.


    10. This is one of the best books that I've read in so so long!!! I haven't been able to stop thinking about it since I finished it. This is a good indicator that it is at the top on my list. I wish I could find a discussion on it because it is so intrigueing and I need to bounce a lot of things off of some other readers.


    11. Very good at inhabiting the minds of children and their necessarily blinkered but changing view of the world as they grow older because there is so much they are not aware of I am not surprised the author later wrote for children.


    12. I first read this during my secondary school days, then forgot the name of the author and spent 3 years trying to find the book again. I love it. One of my favorite books and unlike many i read when i was younger I still enjoy reading this book!


    13. an amazing book with a great story with strong characters… great back and forwards in story telling… easily creates another world in your head… when i began to read it, it was always hard to leave the book…


    14. Lovely bittersweet story that has reliable-yet-not narrator thinking his way through the relationships he build as one of a trio of friends and an incident of their shared summers that traces an inevitable road to tragedy in that future.


    15. One of my favorite books of the last several years. A great story about three youths and the happenings on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea - happenings that have long lasting consequences.


    16. Lots of time shifts and confusion - but a well written novel indeed. Alex is a main character whom I will remember.


    17. Loved this book - a charming and moving, if slightly sentimental, account of an artist trying to find meaning and explanations in his past life through his paintings and memories


    18. Moved around a lot, current, future, past and spent a lot of times on subjects with no follow up


    19. Very nice descriptions- you feel like you are a character in the story. The end tears at your heart, but it reminds you of life and the ups and downs of love


    20. Ekt hierdie boek iewers verlede jaar gelees en dis fantasties! regtig 'n interessante meesleurende verhaal wat mens nogals aan die raai hou tot aan die einde


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