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‘A Train Through Time,’ by Elizabeth Farnsworth
March 16, 2017
Farnsworth also produced a number of award-winning documentaries, including a full-length feature on Chilean Judge Juan Guzmán as he attempts to bring Pinochet to justice for human rights violations. The book opens in a dark editing room at Skywalker Ranch with Farnsworth and her colleagues scrambling to finish the Guzman documentary in time for the San Francisco International Film Festival. In an exhausted daze, she watches a sequence in which the judge first finds human remains, the chilling evidence of human slaughter 30 years earlier. Having set the memoir in motion, Farnsworth sets out to answer her own question, fitting her memories together “like bones from an exhumation,” searching for the threads between her current life as a journalist and her younger self. The rest of the book toggles back and forth between scenes from the train ride — a new friend, a mysterious white horse — and scenes from Farnsworth’s life as a journalist reporting from various hot spots around the globe. Always there is death, and mystery: the “disappeared” in Chile; the death of a beloved handler in Iraq; the story of Thanh Pham, who lost his mother and grandmother as a child when his village in Vietnam was bombed by American soldiers and who is the subject of Farnsworth’s documentary, “Thanh’s War.” While “A Train Through Time” is a moving and vivid account into what drove this accomplished journalist into the darkest corners of humanity, this is not a “tell-all.” [...] like all good memoirs, “A Train Through Time” offers the reader an opportunity to “ride along” with an intelligent and reflective narrator as she inventories her life and offers us an insider’s view of some of the most morally challenging moments in our country’s history.