The Night Watch: Timeline
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In general, I think the reader is inclined to feel sympathetic towards Kay, who does such selfless work through the book and is so devoted to Helen, but I feel like we don't get to know Kay as well as we might, because of the back-in-time plot-line.
There's something interesting and true about the backwards structure, but also I'm not totally crazy about it. It made for a kind of suspenseful and interesting read, but I think I was expecting something in the events of the story to explain to me why the plot was going backwards, or expected it to appear as a theme in the book, somehow, but I don't think it did. Now I've finished the book and I'm wondering why she chose to structure it that way, and whether I might've preferred it the other way. I'm actually re-reading the first few chapters, knowing what I know now, to revisit the characters in 1947.
Does anyone know of another book laid out in this way?