I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
The Guardian review of the book proclaims it as “The only thriller you need to read this year”. Perhaps rightfully so. The book is well researched with a highly intense tempo maintained throughout the long- ish storyline (900 + pages … whoa ! )
So while the length might put off many of the nuclear-reading segment of the ebook age (those who like their books short and sharp), the multiple subplots and parallel story-lines inherent in the book make it more like a collection of stories. Among the major tales, there is one on international terrorism, another on a murder mystery, an underlying plot of the memoirs of an ex-spy , among others. Not bad at all, pretty engrossing once we start getting engrossed.
There has been a lot of ground work apparently done by the author on various aspects from the executions in KSA to the life of a spy to the way espionage politics occur between international intelligence groups to the mercilessly consequential yet high frequency of cognitive dissonance in the secret world . Not to mention the very striking operating procedures of an international undercover job, especially when its one to save the free world.
A good book. Though initially a reader might be overwhelmed by its length, there is a terrible feeling of bereavement when the book is finished. Especially after the chest-thumping, action-oriented climax.
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Rather than plunge into an ocean of knitty gritties on time travel focus would be on the result of a hypothetical time traveling exercise.
Often, the author wonders what it would be if time travel is used to change the past and hence the present and hence the future at an individual level.
In other words, if I had gone back in time and changed certain initial conditions (read life changing events in the past), would my temporally responsive after- efffects (read consequences, future,result ) change. ..
Assuming they would, I see two schools of thought to that hypothetical phenomenon…
The first —-> Uncertainty Principle
Remember the movie , Butterfly Effect ? Simply put, there are n (with n tending to an infinity) number of different possibilities depending on a very small change in the events that shape consequences.
Time is like this crazy random number generating machine that if run twice back to back , with almost same inputs will still give two different outputs!!
So, you can change the present if you manage to go back to the past but you just cannot change it according to your fancy/will
and now ….
the second —-> Destiny
(Religious fellas will love this ) It is all already written! There is fate ..there is destiny already decided.
So if you change some defining event of the past , the intermediate events following that will re-shape themselves in such a way that your present will still remain the same.
boleto …You cannot change anything even if you do try. Because it is fate.
Moral of the story: No point in trying to change time becasue you can’t get what you want by this method. Instead, learning to cook is a better option 😛
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