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Time and Again by Jack Finney

Time and Again (1970)

by Jack Finney

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Series: Jack Finney's Time and Again (1)

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Fantastic ending. Starts out a bit slow and picks up steam throughout. The leap of imagination for time travel is rather reasonable. Very enjoyable read. ( )
  deldevries | Jan 15, 2019 |
This was more of a magical realist story than a sci-fi time travel novel. There wasn't much talk about how time travel worked, just that you could be there if you REALLY TRY and you might fuck things up but not really. The writing was really good, especially at the climax scene. I didn't care much about Si and his life. He felt more like a vehicle to describe New York in the "eighties". I can definitely see where 11.22.63 came from after reading this, though. Not bad!
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  waxmoronic | Jan 9, 2019 |
Wow. Great book!
I love the way the author wrote this.
When Si is given the chance to travel back in time, you really feel as in awe as he is. You can tell what a pain staking amount of research the author did to make this feel like a real step back in time. There are pictures, there are news articles, real events and people referenced and it's all seen through the eyes of a very lovable, honorable and relatable lead character.

Loved it. It's rare to find a book so engrossing. ( )
  Mishale1 | Dec 29, 2018 |
Time and Again by Jack Finney was originally published in 1970 and has grown to become a classic novel about time slip or time travel. This book even has a few fan sites that are devoted not only to the book but to the New York City locations that are visited during the course of the book. The story is fairly simple; a man is recruited by a mysterious government organization to investigate the idea of time travel. Of course, once successful, questions of morality arise about what, if anything should be tampered with in order to affect a change in the future.

Dialing in to New York City circa 1882, the main character Si Morley becomes wrapped up in a mystery that involves his present day girlfriend’s family. Eventually, after meeting a woman in the past, Si must make a choice. Despite the charm and imagination of the premise I wasn’t quite convinced with the method of time travel as it seemed entirely too simplistic, but the ethical and moral questions that arose during the course of the book were handled intelligently and in a way that enhanced the story.

By stressing the human angle of the story and using illustrations and photographs of New York in the 1880’s, Time and Again becomes a light, romanticized story that is appealing in its guilelessness but personally I prefer a little more grit in my science fiction so although I enjoyed this story well enough, it isn’t going to find a place on my favorite books list. ( )
1 vote DeltaQueen50 | Apr 15, 2018 |
There's something about this book that makes it possible to believe in time travel, and that alone makes it something far beyond time travel books I've read in the past. Finney manages to build this world and the premise so carefully, and the logic is so wonderfully simple and sensible in its own way, that his utterly real characters make it seem as if we're not reading about some other world, but our own reality where, just perhaps, this might be possible. That's the beauty of this book, combined with his wonderful characters and writing that sucks you in and all but demands that you keep turning pages. Each time I sat down to read a few chapters, I read far more than that, and had to be forced by time or my eyes to finally put the book down.

I freely admit that I'm not much for time travel books, normally, though I love fantasy--this brings together everything I love about suspense, literary fiction, fantasy, and speculative fiction in general, into a tale that feels more real and translated into fiction than it feels like a story.

I'd absolutely recommend, and I'm so glad to have discovered this author. ( )
2 vote whitewavedarling | Apr 7, 2018 |
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Time and Again sends out a huge valentine to the past. It's nostalgic and there's something deliciously comforting and escapist in its promise of a New York Eden.

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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Jack Finneyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Carr, RichardCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Moll, CharlesCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Niffenegger, AudreyForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In shirt-sleeves, the way I generally worked, I sat sketching a bar of soap taped to an upper corner of my drawing board.
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"Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. 'Nuclear' appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon."

Did illustrator Si Morley really step out of his twentieth-century apartment one night -- right into the winter of 1882? The U.S. Government believed it, especially when Si returned with a portfolio of brand-new sketches and tintype photos of a world that no longer existed -- or did it?

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Simon Morley is selected by a secret government agency to test Einstein's theory of the past co-existing with the present and is transported back to 1880s New York.

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