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In 'The Lost Time Accidents,' John Wray balances the logical and the ludicrous

In 'The Lost Time Accidents,' John Wray balances the logical and the ludicrous

"Chronology is an illusion, if not a deliberate lie," a character posits in "The Lost Time Accidents," the fourth offering from novelist John Wray. "The steady, one-way current we seem to be suspended in is actually a jumble of spherical 'chronocosms' that can be moved through in any direction, if some great force manages to knock one's consciousness out of its preconditioned circuit."

If you're not quite sure what all that means, never fear. The fine line between hokum and rational thinking is precisely the point of "The Lost Time Accidents"; a brick of a book not just because of its length but because of the density of both the prose and the...

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