Life is weird for the narrator of Time's Arrow. Things just don't seem to make sense. People walk backwards. Cars drive backwards. More importantly, he can't really seem to get inside the head of the body he inhabits, that of Dr. Tod Friendly: it's as though they are two separate selves. The man ditches his lovers, has sex with them, and then seduces them. Every Sunday he takes money out of the collection plate at church. He finds bits of himself in the trash: teeth, hair, and so forth. The man works as a doctor, breaking small children who come to see him. The narrator talks about his aversion to the doctor, describing the heinous acts he performs both on the children and in everyday life.
Life goes on for the two of them until time finally flows backwards to the one era and place in which it all makes sense for the narrator: the source of the doctor's literal, and spiritual, guilt. This causes a crisis of identity within the narrator. Has he been a separate entity all along, or just another part of the doctor? What could have caused time to flow backwards and morality to reverse in the first place?
This report prepared by Miranda