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Take Three Tenses

A Fugue in Time
A novel by

A novel for adults, made into the film Enchantment in 1948, starring David Niven and Teresa Wright. The author explains: "This novel was the first in which I used a theme that has always intrigued me, Dunne's Experiment With Time, i.e., that time is not consecutive, divided into past, present and future, but that these are all co-existent if only we could see it: if you are in a boat on a river you can only see the stretch on which your boat is travelling - a picnic party on the bank perhaps: a kingfisher diving. What you traversed before, passing willows, a barge tied up, cows in a field, as far as you are concerned, is gone; what lies around the next corner - a lock working, a man fishing - is hidden but, were you up in an aeroplane, you could see all these at once - the willows, the barge, the cows, the picnic party, the diving kingfisher, the lock, the man fishing. In 'A Fugue in Time' I have taken the part of being up in the aeroplane, seeing three generations of a family at once, all living in a house in London, their stories interweaving, as do themes in a fugue"

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September 1980 : USA Paperback

Title: Take Three Tenses: A Fugue in Time
Author(s): Rumer Godden
ISBN: 0-380-00574-3 / 978-0-380-00574-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Avon Books
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