Making Sense of Past Time

by Lawrence G. Taylor (Author)

Harry embarks on a journey to Stockholm, seeking to immerse himself in Nordic culture and connect with its people.

Book Description:​

“Making Sense of Past Time” is a coming-of-age saga.

Through the prism of memory, middle-aged Harry sets out to recapture his youthful years—the right but mostly wrong turns he made.

Have you ever felt like you’re meant for something bigger than what your hometown can offer? This young man feels the same way, mustering up the courage to journey to find fulfilment and personal growth in the mother country.

Life in London wasn’t everything he’d hoped it would be. He was living on the dole from the Employment Exchange to beating the tube and learning to shoplift with a rough group of friends.

Harry Holmes’s journey is filled with inspiration and hope. The story is a delightful mix of humour, youthful passion, and dreams, offering a glimpse into the British class system and the social life of immigrant London. Through introspection, self-flagellation, irony, determination, and perseverance, Harry’s journey proves that anything is possible when we believe in ourselves and our dreams.

Harry embarks on a journey to Stockholm, seeking to immerse himself in Nordic culture and connect with its people. Though faced with new challenges, such as a new language, he is undeterred in pursuing personal growth. Through perseverance and an open mind, Harry learns to embrace the reserved yet hospitable way of life of the Nordic people.


BOOK REVIEW — Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers’ Favorite

Making Sense of Past Time: A Novel by Lawrence G. Taylor is an exciting story that reflects the reality faced by millions of young migrants, especially those from black communities.

Born and raised in the Caribbean with an authoritative father, the anxious and restless Harry decides to seek opportunities abroad while nurturing the dream of becoming a ship’s captain one day. He sets out for London to ultimately begin his journey to the United States. Follow a story filled with realism to discover the challenges he faces along the way and how the experiences shape him. But can he eventually become the man he’s always wanted to be?

Lawrence G. Taylor crafts a narrative that is deceptively simple in plot structure but with a sophisticated protagonist and themes that capture the reality of what it feels like to experience racism. “In London, I’d learnt what it was like to be black and a second-class citizen. A couple of practices, customs appeared questionable during my work search and rented lodgings.”

The narrative is replete with social and cultural commentaries that give readers powerful insights into social constructs and race relationships. The underlying conflict is personal and primarily internal, a young man’s struggle to redefine himself in a society that wants him to be someone he is not. The competition is introduced from the very opening of the novel. Readers meet a young man who left his country frustrated to try his luck in another.

Making Sense of Past Time: A Novel is told in a solid first-person narrative voice that forces the reader to see the world from the protagonist’s viewpoint. It is confident, the prose is excellent, and the setting elements are skilfully written into the story.

Making Sense of Past Time is both entertaining and inspiring.

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I just finished reading "Making Sense of Past Time," authored by Lawrence G. Taylor, and I'm excited to share my thoughts on this coming-of-age journey. In this book, I followed the story of Harry, a young man full of dreams and idealism, as he set out on a quest to escape his provincial hometown in search of a more enriching life abroad. At the age of twenty, he leaves his country, Guyana, for London, hoping to fulfill his ambitions and find self-realization. Harry's narrative highlights his fears of not achieving much if he remained in Georgetown and his struggles with his father. London initially appears to offer the promise of "greener pastures," but it presents unexpected challenges, including difficulties in finding employment, housing, and happiness in an environment marked by racial discrimination during the early 1960s. As the narrative unfolds, Harry embarks on another adventure by leaving London for Stockholm, where he encounters Nordic people with a unique blend of reservedness and hospitality. However, he faces new challenges, particularly in adapting to a new language and way of life. Harry's story is a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. Life in London turned out to be quite different from his dreams. He navigated through various experiences, from living on government support to associating with a rough group of friends engaged in shoplifting. Harry's idealistic pursuit of an authentic life became mired in contradictions, leading him to make compromises along the way. This saga is filled with humor, youthful passion, and dreams, providing me with insights into the British class system and the social life of immigrant London. Harry's story involves introspection, self-reflection, irony, determination, and perseverance. The poignant exploration of Harry's journey, which highlighted his growth, resilience, and the complexities of chasing his dreams in a foreign land, greatly fascinated me. Harry's decision to leave Georgetown, Guyana, in pursuit of a better life in London took him on a tumultuous journey. The challenges he faced, from employment struggles to racial discrimination, painted a vivid picture of the early 1960s in Great Britain. Taylor didn't hold back in depicting the raw reality of Harry's life, from "living on the dole" to his involvement with a rough group of friends. One of the things I really liked about this book is how it captures the essence of youth—the passion, dreams, and sometimes misguided pursuit of an authentic life. Harry's character is relatable, and his journey of self-discovery is both introspective and full of determination. The humor sprinkled throughout the story added a delightful touch to the narrative. In addition, the characters were well-developed, and this played a significant role in shaping Harry's journey. I will rate "Making Sense of Past Time" by Lawrence G. Taylor five out of five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I wasn't dissatisfied with any aspect of it. It was professionally edited and very relatable to me. It detailed a unique glimpse into the challenges faced by immigrants in a foreign land and the pursuit of an authentic life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming-of-age stories with a touch of humor, passion, and reality. In addition, teenagers and young adults who are trying to find themselves in life and anyone who enjoys engaging and inspiring fictional novels will also find it worth reading.

Lawrence G. Taylor (Author)

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I was born in Guyana, went to England, and worked and studied in London and relocated to Sweden in autumn 1969. In the 70s, I tried my hand at mainly writing short stories, a four-act closet drama, a novella, and an unfinished novel. I had spent two years nurturing the ambition to become an author of some repute. But the going was tough, creating a feeling of insecurity for the future. In time, I shelved the idea, got a hospital porter job, and later obtained a BA (Eng. & Edu.). I enrolled in a 4-term course for mental-health carers after a summer job at a psychiatric hospital. After that, I completed the first two stages of psychotherapy education and several short studies in cognitive therapy. After retirement in 2007, I did private mental health counselling for several years, which ended in 2015. In February 2016, my debut book appeared: Strangers In Another Country – a collection of two short stories and two novellas, available in e-book and paperback at Amazon. This collection and the rest of my stories fall under literary fiction, except for the short story Darker Than Blue – This Mortal Coil, an experimental blend of fantasy, dystopia, and satire. On December 9th, 2016, I published a novella, The Eternal Struggle: An Amorous Story. In March 2017, a short story appeared, Two Girls in a Café. Making Sense of Past Time – a Novel available in paperback and e-book format. Tell Me Who My Enemy Is – a four-act closet drama published this summer (2018). The Ballad of Calle and Maja – a novella published Nov 2018. Getting it Right, if Ever – Romance Novella available for pre-order; to be published August 22nd -19 Four Bittersweet Romances & A Four-Act Closet Drama was published on November 3rd, 2019. Short Story “Darker Than Blue – This Mortal Coil was published July 24th, 2020. Religion as tormentor of the soul and a negative refuge – an essay (an assignment from my university days in the 70s: Go Tell It on The Mountain by James Baldwin, a Black American writer (1924 – 1987) Binky’s Reverie is a YA story revised and first appeared in my debut book, Strangers In Another Country. This collection of stories received 21 reviews. A Day In The Life Of Charlie Cheddar – a story which appeared in my debut book. “Betty And the Black Puppy – Short Story – YA Kindle Edition. Revised (Dec 2021). It is one of four stories in my debut book. Darker Than Blue––This Mortal Coil ––a dystopian short story set in the fictitious nation Atlantis Island in 2030. Published June, 2020. SHORT STORIES NOVELLAS A CLOSET DRAMA (a collection of most of my already published writings. Regarding reviews of my books, reviews are available at Amazon.com. MY BOOKS ARE REVISED AND UPDATED (2021-2023). Today I put out STRANGERS IN ANOTHER COUNTRY––A Short Story. February 22, 2023.. The story appeared in my debut book (a collection of four stories) with the same title. The other three stories have appeared as Single stories. WHAT IS MY WRITING ABOUT? The reader will likely enjoy my stories for the following reasons. My writing is literary fiction, which is no longer popular. My stories are grounded in realism, with a dash of fantasy or humour for flavour. Based on input from reviews, the target audience will likely be socially, culturally, psychologically, or philosophically minded. I take pleasure in leaving the reader with something to think about. Themes include loneliness, romantic relationships, migrants’ yearning for a better life, and their social and psychological issues in a setting rife with prejudice and xenophobia. The only exception is my short story Darker Than Blue––This Mortal Coil, in which I attempt satire, comedy, and fantasy. My Twitter account is @lgt41, and my blog page is lgt41blog.wordpress.com. I’m a hobby photographer, and you can view several of my images at https://www.foap.com/community/profiles/lgt41 I sincerely hope you find my stories enjoyable, and a review of my books would be much appreciated. Lawrence Gordon Taylor

Making Sense of Past Time

I just finished reading "Making Sense of Past Time," authored by Lawrence G. Taylor, and I'm excited to share my thoughts on this coming-of-age journey. In this book, I followed the story of Harry, a young man full of dreams and idealism, as he set out on a quest to escape his provincial hometown in search of a more enriching life abroad. At the age of twenty, he leaves his country, Guyana, for London, hoping to fulfill his ambitions and find self-realization. Harry's narrative highlights his fears of not achieving much if he remained in Georgetown and his struggles with his father. London initially appears to offer the promise of "greener pastures," but it presents unexpected challenges, including difficulties in finding employment, housing, and happiness in an environment marked by racial discrimination during the early 1960s. As the narrative unfolds, Harry embarks on another adventure by leaving London for Stockholm, where he encounters Nordic people with a unique blend of reservedness and hospitality. However, he faces new challenges, particularly in adapting to a new language and way of life. Harry's story is a rollercoaster of emotions and experiences. Life in London turned out to be quite different from his dreams. He navigated through various experiences, from living on government support to associating with a rough group of friends engaged in shoplifting. Harry's idealistic pursuit of an authentic life became mired in contradictions, leading him to make compromises along the way. This saga is filled with humor, youthful passion, and dreams, providing me with insights into the British class system and the social life of immigrant London. Harry's story involves introspection, self-reflection, irony, determination, and perseverance. The poignant exploration of Harry's journey, which highlighted his growth, resilience, and the complexities of chasing his dreams in a foreign land, greatly fascinated me. Harry's decision to leave Georgetown, Guyana, in pursuit of a better life in London took him on a tumultuous journey. The challenges he faced, from employment struggles to racial discrimination, painted a vivid picture of the early 1960s in Great Britain. Taylor didn't hold back in depicting the raw reality of Harry's life, from "living on the dole" to his involvement with a rough group of friends. One of the things I really liked about this book is how it captures the essence of youth—the passion, dreams, and sometimes misguided pursuit of an authentic life. Harry's character is relatable, and his journey of self-discovery is both introspective and full of determination. The humor sprinkled throughout the story added a delightful touch to the narrative. In addition, the characters were well-developed, and this played a significant role in shaping Harry's journey. I will rate "Making Sense of Past Time" by Lawrence G. Taylor five out of five stars because I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I wasn't dissatisfied with any aspect of it. It was professionally edited and very relatable to me. It detailed a unique glimpse into the challenges faced by immigrants in a foreign land and the pursuit of an authentic life. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys coming-of-age stories with a touch of humor, passion, and reality. In addition, teenagers and young adults who are trying to find themselves in life and anyone who enjoys engaging and inspiring fictional novels will also find it worth reading.

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