When reading The Time: Night, both themes of loneliness and chaos stood out to me and I feel that these characteristics are related. The novel goes in waves. When Anna’s family is together there is an overwhelming sense of chaos. Everybody is fighting, the apartment is too crowded, and there are not enough resources for each individual. This chaos leads Anna’s children to leave her nest. Even when Anna is alone her attention, at least in the narrative, still focuses on her family. Although Anna insults her children and openly shows her contempt for them, she still holds that familial bond and cares for them, letting them come back home when needed. The story continues in this pattern, and thus I feel that even though at the end of the novel Anna is alone, I did not find this hopeless. I feel that given what was presented in the narrative that the reader can somewhat expect Anna to be eventually reunited with her children and grandchildren.
I also feel that Andrei is in this continuous loop of loneliness and chaos. His past criminal behavior leads him to the chaos of the soviet system. The chaos among his personal life when he returns from jail leads him to drink – loneliness. Everyone has his or her way of coping with the Soviet System. Andrei drinks, Anna insults and speaks her mind.
Although this book is somewhat depressing and chaotic itself (the non chronological narrative adds to this) I feel there still is some crude humor that in some sense acts as relief.