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Memory and imagination are closely linked in this memoir of self discovery from an award winning foreign correspondent How much of our memory is constructed by imagination And how does memory shape our lives As a nine year old, Elizabeth Farnsworth struggled to understand the loss of her mother On a cross country trip with her father, the heartsick child searches for her mother at train stations along the way Even , she confronts mysteries death, time, and a mysteriously locked compartment on the train.Weaving a child s experiences with memories from reporting in danger zones like Cambodia and Iraq, Farnsworth explores how she came to cover mass death and disaster While she never breaks the tone of a curious investigator, she easily moves between her nine year old self and the experienced journalist Imagination is at play in her childhood adventures and in her narrative control, always with great purpose She openly confronts the impact of her childhood on the route her life has taken And, as she provides one beautifully crafted depiction after another, we share her journey, coming to know the acclaimed reporter as she discovers herself Farnsworth s curiosity lingers on every page of A Train Through Time A Life Real and Imagined, and so does the making of a powerfully driven woman....

Title : A Train through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined
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ISBN : 1619028433
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Counterpoint February 14, 2017
Number of Pages : 160 pages
File Size : 592 KB
Status : Available For Download
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A Train through Time: A Life, Real and Imagined Reviews

  • RHenry
    2019-02-03 00:49

    I really liked this book. The author tells some very interesting stories. The parts about her childhood (some true and some fictional) are well done and quite sentimental. The parts about her assignments for PBS are incredible, educational, and sometimes heartbreaking. Really worth reading.

  • Lori Ostlund
    2019-02-19 01:52

    A fascinating, complicated, and beautifully written memoir in which Farnsworth looks at key moments from her years reporting in various countries, periods with intense political and historical implications, and finds a way to capture the emotional core of these moments in a way that is very personal. Equally compelling is the baseline story that runs through the book, of the train trip that she took as a child with her father, traveling from Kansas to San Francisco and covering terrain that is heartbreaking, compelling, and surprising (for both writer and reader).

  • Lisa G. Taylor
    2019-02-02 03:01

    It is a thought provoking, almost poetic exploration of loss and risk. Thank you for this honest journey.

  • dk
    2019-02-04 06:04

    Great disappointment. The two time sections never linked thematically; the "adult" journalist so sketchy not revealing at all. And it turns out the best part of the "train" section was a fiction in what is supposed to be a memoir.

  • Amazon Customer
    2019-01-30 04:12

    This was a very quick read. It only took me a few hours. But they were a very interesting few hours. I loved the book. The author draws from her own experiences (It's semi-autobiographical) and mixes it with fictional of events of her characters lives.Passed it on to my Mother right away.

    2019-02-17 04:55

    Not a great book, rather boring

  • nancy miller
    2019-02-17 07:06

    Loved the inter spercing of past and present.

  • MK Miller
    2019-02-05 07:12

    To be able to sit safely at home and travel vicariously through the author's life and imagination makes me glad I can read.