So the debut collection of twelve short stories by Starr Wood, Once Upon a Timepiece, intrigued me. Each story finds the timepiece - "a 1946 Breitling Chronomat made from rose-colored gold" - in the possession of someone new. The reader is carried along as each month the watch passes from wrist to drawer and from pocket to pawnshop over the span of a year. The telling of how that person - each a stranger to the others - came to have the timepiece is what makes this book such fun to read.
"Well, I didn't see that coming!" is what I found myself thinking often in the reading of these stories. Each one has a twist at the end and it was amusing to see how Mr. Wood gets his main character - the timepiece - into the life of someone new.
I am glad I was able to devote some 'time' in my reading schedule to these tales. There really is a 1946 Breitling Chronomat, a watch designed during World War II for aviators. Perhaps Mr. Wood's traveling timepiece looked something like the one below. If so, I would be happy to add it to my collection, but I certainly wouldn't like to let it go!
Sounds like a wonderful read, Belle, and is on my list.ReplyDelete
My husband was once a clock designer. We still have some of the prototypes he brought home, and I'm thinking we should put some out after having read this. Hmmm...
How fascinating, Penny. Absolutely display those examples of your husband's creativity. I don't have my grandparents' timepieces on display, but I do sometimes get them out and just sit with them. I love the feel of the gold cases. Warm. Mementos of a gentler time.Delete
An interesting idea for a book, and it sounds like it was well done. My husband has a thing for clocks (as does his mother) and we have several nice ones thanks to them. I appreciate the ones we have, but don't feel a need to add to the collection :).ReplyDelete
Kathy, I have a fondness for surprise endings and also for stories of people connected by a particular object. I recently watched the 1964 movie "The Yellow Rolls Royce" about the various owners of a certain Rolls. It was quite amusing in a '60s sort of way!Delete
Have you ever seen the movie The Red Violin (I think that's the name)? It follows the history of, you guessed it, a violin, in China.Delete
Kathy, I have not seen the movie but I am intrigued. I will see if my 'video' store has a copy. Thanks for the recommendation.Delete