For nearly a decade Garak has longed for just one thing -- to go home. Exiled on a space station, surrounded by aliens who loathe and distrust him, going back to Cardassia has been Garak's one dream. Now, finally, he is home. But home is a world whose landscape is filled with death and destruction. Desperation and dust are constant companions and luxury is a glass of clean water and a warm place to sleep.
Ironically, it is a letter from one of the aliens on that space station, Dr. Julian Bashir, that inspires Garak to look at the fabric of his life. Elim Garak has been a student, a gardener, a spy, an exile, a tailor, even a liberator. It is a life that was charted by the forces of Cardassian society with very little understanding of the person, and even less compassion.
But it is the tailor that understands who Elim Garak was, and what he could be. It is the tailor who sees the ruined fabric of Cardassia, and who knows how to bring this ravaged society back together. This is strange, because a tailor is the one thing Garak never wanted to be. But it is the tailor whom both Cardassia and Elim Garak need. It is the tailor who can put the pieces together, who can take a stitch in time.
The best Star Trek fiction I have read!
This is an amazing book! As far as I know it is the only autobiography of a Star Trek character that was written by the actor who actually played that character. Andrew Robinson is awesome, both as an actor and a writer! Even if you never read any other Star Trek fiction, READ THIS! My only caution is that since the book is set after the end of Deep Space Nine, you need to know that series in order to follow the story. That said, I think DS9 is the most original and thought-provoking of all the Star Trek series, so it's definitely worth becoming familiar with.
After you've read this book, you should definitely check out the Deep Space Nine Anthology "Prophecy and Change". Andrew Robinson contributed the Garak story "The Calling", which is set after the close of "A Stitch in Time". It's like getting an extra chapter to the book!
Great story. Lots of typos.
If you can look past the typos (perhaps two to five per chapter), this is a terrific story about one of best characters to ever grace the small screen. I have a new appreciation for plain, simple Garak and his shady, far-from-simple culture.
Elim Garak’s memoirs
Garage the Cardassian as a three dimensional character. Paraphrasing the book: Tinker, tailor, soldier,spy. I enjoyed this story