Saving Time

Discovering a Life Beyond the Clock (THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER)

Jenny Odell author


Publisher:Vintage Publishing

Published:23rd Mar '23


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We're living on the wrong clock. And it's destroying us.

'To read it is ... to experience how freedom might feel' Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks

Our life is dominated by the corporate clock that so many of us contort ourselves to fit inside. It wasn't devised for people, but for profit. We need to embrace a whole new concept of time: one that gives us and our planet a brighter future.

In Saving Time, Jenny Odell, bestselling author of How to Do Nothing, examines how we got to the point where time became money. Taking inspiration from the pre-industrial, ecological and geological rhythms of our world, she offers us radical new models to live by that make a more humane, more hopeful existence seem possible.

Now is our moment to rethink. And if we do, time might just save us.

'An inimitable gift' Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror

'One of the most important books I've read in my life' Ed Yong, author of An Immense World

Saving Time featured on the New York Times bestseller list 26.3.23

Saving Time is an exposé of our past, an antidote to our present, and a manifesto for the future. It is rigorous, compassionate, profound, and hopeful. It is one of the most important books I've read in my life * Ed Yong, author of An Immense World *
A revealing exploration of the forces that keep us locked in a shallow, commodified and adversarial relationship with time. But it is also a portal to a far richer alternative. To read it is to slip through the bars of our modern temporal prison and experience how freedom might feel * Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks *
The rarest kind of intervention: it alters you immediately, and then it lasts ... Saving Time is an inimitable gift * Jia Tolentino, author of Trick Mirror *
A rare book that does more than meet the current moment, it defines it * Booklist *
Odell's journey to find the best way to use our limited time on earth is an eye-opening look at what it really means to be alive * TIME *
It is in the gap between present and future, where outcomes are not yet determined, that Jenny Odell enters with her paradigm-destroying new book ... [A] grand, eclectic, wide-ranging work * New York Times *
Stunning ... Odell approaches time in a way I've only seen previously in science fiction [and] this expansiveness, both thematic and formal, is what makes Odell's writing so valuable and unique. ... It is, ultimately, an extraordinarily good thing that Odell's work exists in the world * Irish Times *
Fiercely generous ... invites us to exit the superhighways and explore the scenic detours, byways, rebel camps, the other visions of who we can be while reminding us that slowness can yield more than speed * Rebecca Solnit, author of Orwell's Roses *
Odell has gifted us a way to move through this intertidal moment by reclaiming our more intuitive, felt experience of the passage of time. ... A beautiful, clarifying, and surprisingly reassuring literary triumph * Douglas Rushkoff, author of Present Shock *
Saving Time is about what it means to be on the clock, personally, politically and existentially. The book's writing glows. Reading this book is like being in the company of a particularly thoughtful friend: Odell shows you the truths of the structures you inhabit and then, warmly, attempts to protect you from your own nihilism * Alissa Quart, author of Bootstrapped *
From the vast sweep of geological time to incremental seasonal changes observed on a single branch in a local park, this potently mysterious book explores the ways in which we might begin to challenge the cramped temporal confines of our modern lives * Helen Gordon, author of Landfall *
By now a legend thanks to the simple but impactful wisdom of her first book, How to Do Nothing, Jenny Odell furthers her argument for escaping the so-called attention economy. ... This follow-up promises to be as satisfying, optimistic, and enrapturing as Odell's original bestseller * Elle *
An intriguing look into our attitudes to time ... striking * Guardian *
A scintillating and important meditation on the notion of time * Times Literary Supplement *
A powerful critique of the way we conceive of time in the modern, industrial world ... striking ... Odell calls for a way of living that is less extractive, less dependent on domination, and less about the human self * Guardian *
The bestselling author of How to Do Nothing ... returns with another urgent examination of modern life * i-D *
A moving and provocative game changer * Publishers Weekly *
In a work both magisterial and elliptical, Odell takes on the concept of 'time' from every conceivable angle ... This is both an irresistible big-idea book an a guide to rethinking a burning world * LA Times *
A penetrating, provocative investigation into the subject of time - how to understand and live with it - on both an individual and societal level ... impressive * Shelf Awareness *
Temporal structure has its comforts, particularly following a tumultuous three years ... That yo-you effect [of the last few years] drew me to Saving Time, Jenny Odell's sharp book tracing the cultural forces that shape our conception of time * Laura Regensdorf, Vanity Fair *

ISBN: 9781847926845

Dimensions: 236mm x 162mm x 40mm

Weight: 620g

400 pages