Posted by Kay on April 22, 1998 at 09:13:25:
In response to time in which it is set...., written by Kate on April 21, 1998 at 19:46:39
] Mrs Smiling has to go an check out a bra which is "a variation on the Venus design made by Waber Brothers in 1938" which is presumably at least a couple of years before the present.
] So the book is set smack bang in the middle of WW2! Such are the dangers of writing science fiction!
] And he refers to the movies as "the talkies" which I think they had long ago stopped doing by the forties, though in 1932, the "talkies" were very new.
I noticed these things, too Kate, but I think the time period might be even later. I hope I'm not out of line to mention a few very minor things in subsequent chapters. They're things that readers might miss, and don't have anything to do with the plot.
1. In Chapter 2, when Flora begins her journey, she mentions that "aerial routes and the well-organized road routes had appropriated three-quarters of the passengers who used to make their journeys by train." Very presient!
2. A little too sci-fi is a quick passage in chapter 12. Flora is talking on the phone, and the person she's calling watches her face on a telephone "fitted with television dials." Flora is talking from a pay phone, so she can't see her respondent. I didn't even know that the word, "television" was even invented yet in 1932.
3. Even later, mention is made of two famous American actors, just starting their careers in the early 30s, who "acted 20 years ago." So I think this would put the action somewhere in the '50s, if not the '60s.
- Wow! it really IS sci fi! nfm Kate 14:03:44 4/22/98 (0)
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