Sunday, April 3, 2016
THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION - Gore Vidal
"Its 1939, and a teenage maths genius is mysteriously summoned to the Smithsonian Institution, where a crash program to develop the atomic bomb is being conducted in the basement. The boy turns outs to hold the key to both the secrets of nuclear fission and breakthroughs in the time continuum........surrounded by figures from American history past and present, including Albert Einstein, Grover Cleveland, and Abraham Lincoln- he battles to save not just himself, but humanity."
This is total fantasy so its best to leave any concept you have of time, life and death behind, just read and enjoy. There are many key world events touched upon and with the books concept we get to hear from the people involved no matter how long they have been deceased.
The movie series " A Night at the Museum" is loosely based from this book i.e the exhibits coming alive when the museum is shut, but this is not a comedy, it has lots of humour but touches on all of life's theme's, love, death, and the morality of war.
Its great fun just don't expect any sort of linear sense to be made because if you do, having a B29 Superfortress flying inside The Smithsonian Institution will do your head in.