Time's Arrow Study Guides

  • Time's Arrow


    The novel Time's Arrow tells the life story of a Nazi doctor, Tod Friendly, in reverse. It is narrated not by Friendly himself but by a presence who exists within the doctor but has no connection to his thoughts or actions. The reverse timeline of the story seeks to make sense of the horrors of the Holocaust, particularly the main character's involvement in them. Since things move backwards, the novel doesn't show the doctor as he progresses towards evil, but rather as he progresses back to a life of innocence.