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A Train Through Time : A Life, Real and Imagined
by Elizabeth Farnsworth and Mark Serr


Overview - Memory and imagination are closely linked in this memoir of self discovery from an award-winning foreign correspondent.

How much of our memory is constructed by imagination? And how does memory shape our lives? As a nine-year old, Elizabeth Farnsworth struggled to understand the loss of her mother.  Read more...


 
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Overview
Memory and imagination are closely linked in this memoir of self discovery from an award-winning foreign correspondent.

How much of our memory is constructed by imagination? And how does memory shape our lives? As a nine-year old, Elizabeth Farnsworth struggled to understand the loss of her mother. On a cross-country trip with her father, the heartsick child searches for her mother at train stations along the way. Even more, she confronts mysteries: death, time, and a mysteriously locked compartment on the train.

Weaving a child's experiences with memories from reporting in danger zones like Cambodia and Iraq, Farnsworth explores how she came to cover mass death and disaster. While she never breaks the tone of a curious investigator, she easily moves between her nine-year-old self and the experienced journalist. Imagination is at play in her childhood adventures and in her narrative control, always with great purpose. She openly confronts the impact of her childhood on the route her life has taken. And, as she provides one beautifully crafted depiction after another, we share her journey, coming to know the acclaimed reporter as she discovers herself. Farnsworth's curiosity lingers on every page of A Train Through Time: A Life Real and Imagined, and so does the making of a powerfully driven woman.


 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781619028432
  • ISBN-10: 1619028433
  • Publisher: Counterpoint LLC
  • Publish Date: February 2017
  • Page Count: 160
  • Dimensions: 7.25 x 5.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-12-05
  • Reviewer: Staff

Filmmaker and PBS foreign correspondent Farnsworth packs a lifes worth of pain and self-discovery into a slim memoir that fuses fiction and memory. The narrative shifts between a train trip nine-year-old Farnsworth took with her father in 1953 (from Topeka to San Francisco, following the death of her mother) and various conflict zones the adult Farnsworth covered as a journalist, from Chile on the brink of the coup in the 1970s to Iraq in 2003. The scenes of destruction abroad are chillingly realFarnsworth describes, in haunting detail, meeting Chilean parents whose children were disappeared by Pinochets regime and likely met grisly endsbut she admits at the very end of the book that the train journey is largely a product of her imagination, a way for her to explore the deep sense of loss she still carries for her mother. In her narrative, the train becomes stranded in the snow for days and she and another little girl learn that a famous horse is on board and get to ride it. Readers will forgive Farnsworths admission that she didnt resist the imagining when it began only because shes such an able storyteller and her tale of loss, suffused with a childs desire to attach meaning and reasoning to death, is so universal. (Feb.)

 
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