TAYLOR JONES SAYS: In The Windmill of Time by Jeffrey Goldberg, the main character, Jeffrey Goldberg, is 92 years old and living in 2043. He is about to embark on a journey back in time to 1971 to try to correct the mistakes that cost him his future with his first love, Laureen. He makes it back to 1971 and Laureen, but things aren’t quite like he expected. He has the memories of his past life in the future in 2043 that collide with his memories of the current life he is now living in 1971. For a while the two sets of memories keep getting confused and Jeffrey has self-identity problems.
I must admit it is a rather novel concept, the idea of not only going back in time, but going back to live in your younger self’s body. It would solve the problem of running into your past-life self while you were both in 1971. And I really liked the logic behind the government sending the elderly back in time to relive their lives—to ease the drain on social security and medicare, since in 2043, medicine has improved and people are living longer, aging more slowly. So to help with the economic problems caused by so many elderly people, just send them back in time. Now you have less elderly people in 2043. Sounds just like something a government would do.
The book is so fascinating because it is so convincingly written that it could almost be real. It reads like a true-life autobiography. Very well done. I give the book 4.6 Stars.
REGAN MURPHY SAYS: I have to say that I was quite impressed with The Windmill of Time by Jeffrey Goldberg. It is a unique novel, to say the least. Not only is the main character named Jeffrey Goldberg, the same as the author, but the story obviously has a lot of genuine truth in it. Or at least it seems to. From the author’s bio, I can see that his wife’s name is Inez. His real wife. And in the story, his wife is Inez. And yet, when Goldberg goes back in time from 2043 to 1971, he doesn’t go back to relive his life with Inez, but with his first love, Laureen. As I am shaking my head, I’m thinking, either this author is one brave fellow, or else Inez is a very understanding wife. (Or else she is getting her revenge in subtle ways the reader will never know about. Go, Inez!) At any rate, I have never read another novel quite like it.
The book is long, about 450 pages, but that’s to be expected when the author has to tell two life stories concurrently. It is fascinating to read the way it happened the first time around and then to read the way Goldberg changed it the second time around. But what really impressed me was how plausible it was. The storyline is based on an all-too-realistic premise, making the fiction read almost like non-fiction. It’s intriguing, entertaining, and well worth your time. I’m giving The Windmill of Time 4.5 Stars.
Debra Gaynor — www.bookreviewsbydebragaynor.com
Author, Jeffrey Goldberg offers readers a unique look at aging and time travel in his book The Windmill of Time: A Time Travel Memoir. In 2043 the government is sending the elderly back in time. People are living longer and that means an increase in Social Security and Medicare cost however by sending people back in time they can eliminate the drain on the government. Our protagonist Jeffrey Goldberg returns to 1971 where he awakens in his twenty year old body. Jeff makes the journey for one main reason, to be reunited with his college sweetheart Laureen. The scientist in 2043 repeatedly warned Jeffrey not to change the past. But Jeffrey is determined to alter the past after all he has knowledge of the future and he remembers the past. The authorities become suspicious when they realize he knows the future. He is in a catch 22.
The Windmill of Time is a fascinating look at time travel. Jeffrey Goldberg has creatively solved the problems of a paradox by having the traveler live in his younger body. I carefully read the introduction more than once and found it interesting that the main character’s name is Jeffrey Goldberg and he is married to Inez an dedicated the book to the memory of Laureen; what a great way to catch the attention of the reader and still keep the text low key. When I say low key I do not mean to diminish the text; this book is filled with twists and turns but they are done in a subtle manner. The Windmill of Time is an titillating read.