Looking for passage from Michael Crichton book
October 14, 2019 3:37 AM   Subscribe

The passage I'm searching for is about how the tide is constantly changing. A mother will look at her little boy and think this is forever but time is moving on. The shoreline keeps changing.

It might be from the book Prey or maybe Timeline but for the life of me I can't find it. Does anyone know where Crichton wrote this?
posted by Coffeetyme to Media & Arts (1 answer total)
I've been a Crichton reader basically my whole life and this does not specifically sound familiar. I also have both these books, and a lot more of his, on my Kindle and I just searched for some of these words and zilch. Doesn't mean it's not worded differently somewhere, but if you know the word shoreline is in there then I can pretty much guarantee it's not in Prey or Timeline.

It does have echoes of some of the things Malcolm says in Jurassic Park talking about how chaos theory explains the shape of life, the stock market, etc:

And that's how things are. A day is like a whole life. You start out doing one thing, but end up doing something else, plan to run an errand, but never get there. . . . And at the end of your life, your whole existence has the same haphazard quality, too. Your whole life has the same shape as a single day.
posted by phunniemee at 4:46 AM on October 14, 2019

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