The Time of my Life by Cecelia Ahern is a charming novel about the knots we tangle ourselves into — and how we get out of them… All as part of a fascinating journey we call life
There is a little bit of lying in everybody’s life — small, cute lies sometimes just for fun, sometimes to foil image issues in front of family and friends, and sometimes, lies are just used as the most potent weapons to get things done. But it is its addiction that can create a ruckus and, before you know it, you will be tied in a big knot and the only way to get out of it is to move on, to admit the truth to all — certainly the hardest part of it all. Cecelia Ahern’s novel, The Time of my Life, is just about this — how to save and reclaim your life and the lovely relations forged along its way from being tarnished and eventually being lost to the dark force.
Creating a plot around its protagonist, Lucy Silchester, Cecelia has beautifully showcased how fear, loss of hope and constant disappointment with oneself can cause mayhem. Lucy’s life comes crashing on her, when her near-perfect boyfriend of five years decides to walk away. His sudden and unexplained departure is unfathomable, ripping Lucy of her power to think rationally. Within a day, she loses her job, her car and her house, which she so loved and, above all, her dignity.
She still socialises, but maintains a distance; meets friends but is hardly friends with them; attends family luncheons and dinners but barely mingles; and to top it all, there is always a volley of convenient lies to avoid any explanations and guard her strongly-fortified cocoon of secret life — a perfect recipe that gradually alienates from all. Lucy creates mistakes after mistakes and this when her life comes calling.
Cecelia has used her wits and the power of words to create a character, Life — personification of the inner angelic voice that keeps raising alarms in our minds the moment we think of doing something morally wrong or unacceptable — to save Lucy from muddling her life any further. The 486-page novel is a fascinating tale of Lucy and this character called Life, who insists on accompanying her everywhere — to her office, her get-togethers, stays put at her place and does a little match-making along the way, until she is unravels her lies to all and reclaims her lost relations, happiness, and dignity.
Life, nicknamed as Cosmo Brown by Lucy to save her from embarrassment in public, is a character we all somewhere secretly wish had existed in real life — someone, who could help untangle the knotty affairs that are unintentionally created as we try to live up to the expectations of people who hardly matter and protect our so-called image by doing things to please them.
Cecelia’s novels are written with great panache — oozing with creativity and surreal plots. Her imagination creates such powerful stories and characters that find resonance in everyday lives, and The Time of My Life, is no different. Her latest novel sends in a strong message that even if you gave up on your life for a while, life never gives up on you — it is always there rooting for you, cheering you on, even when you feel like you cannot do it.
So just as you shower love, affection and attention on the husbands, wives, parents, children and forever friends who surround you, you have to do so equally with your life, because it’s yours, it is you!