Leaving Time

What does “leaving time” mean? Escaping your past? Or living outside of the space time continuum?

I was curious but uninformed and if I had known what Leaving Time was about, I wouldn’t have read it.

Jodi Picoult Leaving Time http://runwright.net

Because on the surface, it’s a book about a doctor who studies elephants, specifically how they deal with loss and grief. It’s a book about a girl who is searching for the mother who abandoned her ten years ago and she can’t figure out why. How can you leave behind someone you love so much? It’s a book about how relationships evolve.  It’s a book about elephants being rescued from bad experiences and their bad memories. It’s a book about getting a second chance to deal with issues.

Except it’s not about any of those things.

I  try not to waste my experiences. I believe that I can learn something valuable even from my mistakes. I don’t know if I regret reading the book because I learned a lesson but I hated that I spent so much time with these characters without understanding what was going on.

True I learned a lot about elephants and I am happy for being turned on to the plight of elephants and the new admiration I got for these massive creatures. The elephant sanctuary described in the book is modeled after the real Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee. The novel moved me to watch videos of elephants who have been rescued from zoos and circuses and are now living more like they would in the wild. Click here to read their history, watch their ele-cams or to donate to elephant rescue.

Tarra the elephant at the Hohenwald Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee Source: Elephants.com
Tarra the elephant at the Hohenwald Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee
Source: Elephants.com

(I wished I could have learned that lesson without the book experience but that’s not the way things usually happen)

But mostly, the book dealt with a spirit-world theme that I didn’t like, except that when I realized what was happening, I was almost done with the book. A very unexpected ending.
This was my first Jodi Picoult novel and although I think she wove a complex, suspenseful story, which is the mark of a good storyteller, I don’t think I’ll choose another of her books 😦

I don’t know if that’s justified or not, but it’s the position I’m taking right now.

I struggled with how to rate the book and even whether I wanted to review the book because I think it’s not a book I want to remember the details about. Eventually, I rated Leaving Time 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.com and as you can see, I’m writing down my thoughts so I can move on.

Agree with my position? Disagree? Have you read this book? What did you think?

If the paranormal is your kind of thing and/or if you’d like to check out the book yourself, click the book image on the left to visit my Amazon store to purchase a copy.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Well, I think I was expecting a more positive outcome 😉 Not to say that your review was entirely negative because I found it to be very insightful. It sounds like maybe the author’s approach was to “round about”? I do love that it encouraged you to explore elephants more. They are magnificent beasts!

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    1. Run Wright says:

      The biggest issue I had with the book was the supernatural theme that I was very unprepared for but it was a cleverly written story. If I read it again, knowing what I know now, I might give it a much better rating.


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