As Time Goes By


Fiction - Drama
274 Pages
Reviewed on 09/18/2022
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Author Biography

As Time Goes By is a novel written in memoir form. It's an autobiography except for all the parts I made up. Readers who know me get mystified concerning what is real and what isn't. The main character, known only as Old reflects on my life and the me that never existed.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite

In As Time Goes By, W. Royce Adams has written an interesting book about the life of an ordinary person from a very ordinary family that could be anywhere in the world. The narrator of the story has no name but is referred to as the Old One. The book draws the reader in from the first page to the last page and they will find it hard to put down. W. Royce Adams introduces the reader to the lives of a young man and his family, showing how the decisions we make and what we are taught both at home, in church, and in school can influence the rest of our lives. The decisions that the Old One makes affect himself as well as his parents and those he comes into contact with during his journey. The Old One has lived through the Great Depression, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, the Gulf Wars, and the Syrian mess.

As Time Goes By is written with candor and simplicity. Nothing is sugar-coated or made to feel as if it were the circumstances or someone else’s fault. The Old One takes responsibility for all his actions throughout his life. He laughs at himself and cringes at some of his behavior but, through it all, he always remains a gentleman and true to his upbringing. W. Royce Adams has written in such a way that the reader finds himself or herself reading and hoping that things come right for the narrator. The reader then finds that they have reached the end of the book and learned a very valuable life lesson. I enjoyed the references to the jazz songs as well as the different singers that sang them. This brought back wonderful memories for me and helped me to face the future again. Most of the songs I remember growing up with and listening to with my parents, others as I went through school, college, and then marriage, but later lost sight of them. I loved hearing about these famous songs and the various singers. Thank you, W. Royce Adams, for a book that has helped me through difficult times and all the wonderful musical references.

Essien Asian

Seeing the after-effects of a mob lynching, a punch-up in summer camp, alcohol-fueled binges in Spain, and an interesting conversation with a murderous coyote. These are some of the more remarkable aspects of the highlight reel that makes up a very eccentric old man's life in As Time Goes By, a novel by W. Royce Adams. The protagonist tells us about his interesting family dynamic and how his admiration for a particular style of music came about, without ignoring the lessons he learned throughout two interesting marriages. Love, lust, friendship, and betrayal; he speaks about it all. Having watched those he loved finally leave this world before him, he prepares for the final chapter of his story to be written.

As Time Goes By is a tale that will resonate with most men in more ways than one. W. Royce Adams expresses himself through his writing in a direct manner. There is no shifting of blame for any wrongdoing as the primary character comes across as stoic and honest even when knee-deep in sinful pictures. The attention to detail is thorough, and I have not seen a better description of an inebriated individual than in this novel. The appreciation of timeless music is displayed and culminates with a playlist that would make any aficionado drool and could only have been compiled by someone in the know. I enjoyed this book with its moving storyline and quirky humor. Old age can be a pain for men, literally speaking, but Adams puts a lovely spin on it with this story.

K.C. Finn

As Time Goes By is a work of fiction in the drama subgenre. It is suitable for the general reading audience and was penned by author W. Royce Adams. The book follows a man named Old who is on his death bed, reflecting on who he is and what he’s done with his life. Working on his memoir, he muses on the key moments of his life and the profound impact that those moments had on defining him as a person. With events from witnessing a brutal lynching as a child, to joining the navy during the Korean War, to the devastating effects of cancer and cancer treatment.

This was a touching and beautiful story that I’m grateful to have read, a bittersweet reflection on a long and storied life as the protagonist goes through the very human experience of trying to understand who he is. Author W. Royce Adams demonstrates a keen skill for character study as the exploration of Old’s life creates a complex and gorgeous mosaic of ups and downs that seem disparate at first but seamlessly fit together to form the portrait of a nuanced and grounded character. The sense of perspective given by the book is stunning as major, life-changing events and huge historical moments become mere pieces in a wider picture that slowly comes into focus as we learn more about Old’s life. As Time Goes By is a book that will leave a long-lasting impression on the reader as it teaches a valuable lesson about human nature and the meaning of not just life in general but one life in particular.