It means taking what life gives you. A movie and a novel about endurance both have heroes who take as much as they can get.
In the movie Cast Away (2000) Chuck (Tom Hanks) frenetically controls workers’ goals for punctual delivery of parcels for his employer’s worldwide business. When a plane he is on goes down in the Pacific Ocean, he is cast away alone and starving on a small island without control of anything, except his striving to stay alive.
His only hope is to build an escape raft. Without materials or tools, he slogs for 4 years. His raft is seen and he is rescued, by which time his wife has remarried and has a child. She still loves him, but the situation is not finally resolved at the end, as he waits for things to turn up, as he did on the island, contrasting with his former work-to-schedule life.
It is a very good movie.
Time is Gold by Martin Knox, has an elite marathon runner, Maxi, who learns to live in her own time, like Chuck did. She runs ‘in flow’ and contests the world record. The story has psychology, philosophy , neuroscience and physics and will keep you on the edge of your seat.
The movie and novel both have lessons on everyday endurance that wins.
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Maxi Fleet is a marathon champion able to stretch her time, called time dilation, following Einstein’s Special Relativity theory, applied to neuroscience. In the novel ‘Time is Gold’, author Martin Knox explains the science of ‘flow’, the psychological condition optimal achievement, or ‘in the zone’. The story follows her career as she trains for an attempt on the world record in a future Olympics. Her story will keep you on the edge of your seat.
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Many people endure competition in athletics, sport, music, dance, debating and other performance. The key to success is training.
Time is Gold, a novel by Martin Knox, tells a story how a schoolgirl Maxi Fleet trains to break the World marathon record coached by a team of technical specialists and her boyfriend physicist Jack Cram. It takes them years of effort, but with a new technique she is confident of winning.
Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers’ Favourite.
‘. . .This is a wonderful story with elaborately developed themes, including love, ambition, hard work and pain, drive for success, performance and friendship. Set in the future, it has strong psychological and scientific underpinnings. . .’
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ANIMAL FARM 2 is an exciting sequel to George Orwell’s satire Animal Farm (1945). Pig control on Caruba island involves the farm animals in the Cold War and collapse of Soviet government. When the animals discover coal and mine it, they become embroiled in environmentalism and superpower climate politics. They seek liberation and learn science, contesting energy policies with a paradigm shift in climate science and an optimistic outcome.
TIME IS GOLD is a fiction novel in which Maxi, an Australian marathon runner, is determined to win Olympic Gold and break the world record. Her training is guided by her partner Jack, whose neuroscience research discovers that Einstein’s Special Relativity can plausibly enable her to stretch her time in ‘flow’. Will Maxi break the record with a new concept of performance time? This is nail-biting entertainment.
SHORT OF LOVE At Liverpool University in the Beatles era, Tom is an engineering student who falls for Vicki, a psychology student. When she tricks him, he puts her off for later with a satirical trick of his own: a commodity short. It backfires and they try to get back together but his work as CEO of a Canadian oil company causes friction. This is a biofiction page-turner.
PRESUMED DEAD is a crime fiction thriller when a heinous crime is committed in fictional Alexandra against Jane, an iconic sassy young woman politician, amid corrupt city hall partisan politics. The crime is reconstructed in a novel forensic process by her partner Phillip who closes in on the perpetrators with chilling precision.
THE GRASS IS ALWAYS BROWNER is an epic story speculating on Australia’s dystopian future, extrapolated from recent conditions of: population growth, migration control, religious conflict, industrial collapse, deurbanisation and rising sea levels with scientific objectivity.
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