Transitions Between Time Periods

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Post by thaservices1 » 06 Jun 2018, 18:14

I didn't find it hard to follow the story. The time-jumps were spelled out and then analyzed by the characters after each one.
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Post by ChrisChatfield » 06 Jun 2018, 20:18

Time jumps often help a novel to completely describe the 'scene' of a book, especially when there is a larger list of characters. It also makes a book more realistic because more-often-than-not all the important parts of a person's life don't directly line up with everyone else's important parts.

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Post by dgallois » 06 Jun 2018, 21:14

bookowlie wrote:
01 Jun 2018, 09:12
There are frequent time jumps between time periods and settings in the story. Did you find the transitions hard to follow, considering the three distinctly different eras? I thought the author did a good job of using Angela's visions as a way to do the switches. Still, the plot became a little cluttered due to the detailed stories in each time period.
I agree with you. The story does get a bit cluttered but the way the author used the visions was smart.
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Post by Julehart1 » 07 Jun 2018, 01:57

I kind of liked the transitions between the three periods at first. It added to the mystery and suspense of the book. I think it did become a bit much and sort of messy towards the end but was still done pretty well.

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Post by kemp1kor » 07 Jun 2018, 19:39

I’m really not a fan of frequent time jumps. I generally find it difficult stay engrossed in a story because of the disparity.

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Post by Amcdanel86 » 08 Jun 2018, 11:09

I like how the author transition between the time lines. I have not finished the book yet. I am thoroughly enjoying it though.

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Post by joshfee77 » 09 Jun 2018, 01:07

It can be difficult keeping up with different time periods in history-based thrillers such as this. You do have to be on your toes when it comes to reading the headers at the beginning of each section or chapter where a significant time change occurs. I have no problem dealing with the different times, but I sometimes get lazy and skip over these headers, meaning I have to go back a minute later and check what year I am currently in!

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Post by Jillpillbooknerd » 09 Jun 2018, 07:04

I personally did not have a problem switching between all of the different time periods. Angela's visions were a good medium by the author to transport the reader to different eras.

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Post by SweetMelissaV2131 » 09 Jun 2018, 11:53

I enjoyed the time jumps. I would have liked to have seen a little more details from the past stories but as others have commented, that probably would have caused more confusion for the readers.

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Post by SweetMelissaV2131 » 09 Jun 2018, 11:54

joshfee77 wrote:
09 Jun 2018, 01:07
It can be difficult keeping up with different time periods in history-based thrillers such as this. You do have to be on your toes when it comes to reading the headers at the beginning of each section or chapter where a significant time change occurs. I have no problem dealing with the different times, but I sometimes get lazy and skip over these headers, meaning I have to go back a minute later and check what year I am currently in!
I found myself doing that also. I think I was so into the storyline that I forget to pay attention to those headers at the beginning of the chapters.

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Post by elivia05 » 10 Jun 2018, 22:52

I believe the author made the transitions easy to follow. Although, if you go a few days without reading this book, it will take you a moment to remember the earlier description of the settings of each era. It did not take away from the impact of the book itself, in my opinion.

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Post by Keri wood » 10 Jun 2018, 22:58

I personally love books that change time periods. It gives me more information about the past which makes it so that you can better understand characters.

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Post by chelhack » 11 Jun 2018, 22:51

I also believe the author did very well in writing using the time jumps. I did not find them difficult to get into while reading the book yet, in trying to create a review I had to refer back to the book and take more detailed notes of which occurrence happened during which time frame. But, compared to a lot of other books that I have read which consist of time jumps The Girl Who Knew da Vinci is among the top best written of that style.
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Post by kjarch1228 » 11 Jun 2018, 23:19

To me, the transitions were not difficult to follow. There were a lot of details to remember between the three different time periods but perhaps the blurring of the lines was intentional. Perhaps the author wanted readers to feel as Angela felt, not being able to draw distinct lines between the past and the present.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 12 Jun 2018, 20:38

I really enjoyed the time jumps except for the last few of Sophia and Gerhard. I didn't like how they went back farther in time than previous time hops to them. I thought the transitions were done well and agree with those who said they wanted more detail from Fioretta and Sophia's lives. This book wasn't incredibly long so I think another 20 pages or so could have really added some depth to it.

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