This book, I think is going to be about proving some facts and other people’s views may be misplaced and putting them into perspective since there seems to be some distressing and confusing moments the readers of this work are running into. Due to the title being so simple, doesn’t automatically make the subject matter follow in kind. In fact, if one knows Crichton’s fiction, readers should immediately be wary.
The first section of the book deals with his medical years and his interest in psychology whilst treating patients. So from the beginning it’s already delving deeper than the obvious (I think Crichton is being quite forthright when he admits he had gone a bit girl crazy after his divorce which I don’t see anything wrong with, since he’s staying true to the facts to how he remembered them).
Then there’s the section in Bangkok. Some people seem to think Crichton must be horrible for entertaining the idea of being given the option to go to a place which “serves up” 10 year old girls as prostitutes; No one would argue the point, but both Crichton and his friend he came with didn’t want any part of it and repeatedly tried to get their third businessman/friend to take them back to their hotel, but he was adamant about showing them a “good time” and was the only one to partake of his own crazy option. Is Crichton responsible for bringing this one prostitute house to justice in a foreign land or is he leaving this experience of his in this book to let us know it happens, in whatever year it was (I can only imagine the scenario of M.C. going to the American Embassy to “tattle” about what’s going on in Bangkok, getting stares and then the officers crying him a river, with peals of laughter echoing after him. Doesn’t matter to me, I’m just reading this as an impartial party; my boyfriend requested I read this, among others).
After, there are more examples from Crichton of people’s ignorance towards certain subjects included in the telling and becomes a mix of travel and spirituality and more psychic-based stories. These are tiresome because he’s so intrigued by it. Although, the section with the cactus seemed funny compared to all the psychological and physical stresses he mostly collected. He also couldn’t seem to apply the feelings from his two week meditation vacation he discovered and coveted to his every day life, which sounded exactly like what most everyone wants; being energized, staying positive, having a clear perspective, but he was able to change all the bad things in his life once he got back, which seems worthy of note since he changed himself for the better; but he did seem to be on the fanciful side at this time.
He does end the book with a narration of a time he spoke for a group disproving psychic and UFO phenomena and I applaud his ability to review how wrong scientists have been only in order to compare how those phenomena tend to have so little facts known about them it’s hard to disprove it easily since no one has multiple experiences to establish them one way or the other. It’s a fine way to complete Crichton’s search for answers about himself and this crazy world, if one doesn’t regard his final speech, which runs on a bit. Otherwise, it was a satisfactory read; quite a page-turner. Here’s my review of Timeline.