The Man Who Grew Young
Daniel Quinn strikes again with this full-color, illustrated novel. What’s going to happen when the universe comes to the end of its string? Like a cosmic yo-yo, it’s going to start traveling back UP the string, to its beginning and every life that has ever been lived will be lived again: in reverse. The strangest adventure to be found in this backward-running universe is that of Adam Taylor, whose epic quest through time cannot end until he finds his way into the womb that gave birth to us all.
“Quinn’s latest graphic novel incorporates his interests in alternative realities and the environment while using an odd and engaging narrative device.
The entire social, technological and biological life of the planet, and indeed the universe, is traveling backwards. People are ‘born’ in cemeteries, dug up and transferred to a hospital where they awake into life.
In this strange universe, individuals enter life as adults driven by fate to reunite with (and reenter) their mothers, all the while growing younger as they return like salmon to the point of their beginnings.
Quinn’s book offers an elegant cosmological loop suggesting that at death we just start over again in another realm retracing our existential steps. Mankind methodically abandons technology; incredibly, coal and raw resources are put back into the ground; computers are discarded for typewriters and the great cities are dismantled.
But Quinn’s protagonist, Adam Taylor, is the odd man out, his mother nowhere to be found. Seemingly immortal, Taylor outlives his peers to witness entire human epochs pass before his eyes in reverse until he reaches the very beginning of civilization and an answer to the riddle of his mother’s whereabouts.”
– Publishers Weekly
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