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Time and Again (The Classic Illustrated Novel) (original 1970; edition 1995)

by Jack Finney

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Title:Time and Again (The Classic Illustrated Novel)
Authors:Jack Finney
Info:Scribner / Simon & Schuster (1995), Paperback, 399 pages
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Time and Again by Jack Finney (1970)

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Simon Morley, an apathetic advertising man in New York City, is confronted one morning by a stranger with a mysterious and secretive proposal -- to participate in a fledgling time-travel experiment. The idea? By shutting himself off from the 20th century and fully immersing himself in action, thought and dress in an environment indistinguishable from that of 1882, Morley would be able to transport himself, purely by self-hypnosis, into the past. His advisors are adamant, however, that Morley make no attempt to alter any past events, as the ramifications are still uncertain.

This 1970 novel holds up surprisingly well nearly 50 years later -- I was entertained throughout. The author must have spent a fair amount of time researching late 19th-century New York, the minutiae of which were as fascinating, if not more, than the plot itself. The inclusion of sketches and photos, reportedly created by Morley himself, lend a scrapbook-style charm. ( )
1 vote ryner | Feb 10, 2017 |
This was a pretty good sci-fi time travel tale; reminded me in many ways of Richard Matheson’s Somewhere in Time (a watered down film of the same name with Christopher Reeve as well as a better book!). As in that book, Finney’s character Si Morley, formerly of the Army and now in a dead-end job, gets drafted to try to become one of the first to go back in time.

He discovers he’s been drafted into a secret US Government project and everything is fine when he, through hypnosis, finds himself in 1882 New York. What’s fun about the book is the extreme descriptions of that era, complete with photos and drawings that Si Morley draws or shoots and tells the reader about it.

The government though has some pretty crazy ideas of how to use this power. Now that Si has made friends with that time period and even a woman, Julia, becoming his amore, he is not too keen on following the government plan.

Besides the character development, Finney really gets into extreme description, to the point of boredom at times. Several pages to describe the government facility was a bit much. And, I would have liked to have read of the experiences of his fellow time-travelers, though they were not that successful.

Overall, quite entertaining. Easy enough read. Give it a try. Finney also wrote Invasion of the Body Snatchers!

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1 vote James_Mourgos | Dec 22, 2016 |
The first half of this book went slowly, with all the problems I have learned to expect in science fiction of that era. It got better, and I enjoyed the second half. ( )
2 vote MarthaJeanne | Dec 17, 2016 |
Six-word review: Imagination takes flight across the decades.

Extended review:

Recruited as a subject for an extremely secret government project, commercial artist Simon Morley bridges the interval from the New York City of 1970 to the same city as it was in 1882. How his life and those of others change as a result is the plot of the novel, which blends mystery and romance with the ever-intriguing theme of time travel. There's a nice twist at the end.

The author isn't shy about revealing his fascination with the everyday sights and events of New York in the late nineteenth century; in fact, at times it seems as if his whole purpose were to show off the extent of his research. He has an ability to bring the period and place to life, as if he himself had seen it first hand, making us feel as though we were seeing it too. Finney's use of contemporary illustrative art, photographs, and newspaper stories lends authenticity to his very evocative rendition of time and place. If at times it does seem to grow long, I think perhaps that's only a matter of my own twenty-first-century impatience, cultivated by an environment in which a five-second computer response time is referred to as "forever."

One of the most interesting aspects of this story, however, is almost certainly outside the author's design: namely, his depiction of a major U.S. city in the late middle of the twentieth century. In 1970, Richard Nixon was president; the Cuban missile crisis and the Kennedy assassination were events in recent memory; the Civil Rights movement was in progress, although (to judge from the author's use of language: young women are all "girls") women's liberation had a long way to go in raising public consciousness; pollution was already a major issue, but computers were still a novelty, and small electronic devices were science fiction. In contrasting 1882 with 1970, Finney shows us a period 46 years ago that seems calmer and safer than 2016, even though in so many ways it already felt dark and dangerous at the time.

This is not a heavy or especially serious book, although it has its moments (and there are a few little questions of logic and continuity). It's mostly just an entertaining fantasy, with an extra dose of verisimilitude to make us feel as if we'd been there. And that we might want to go again. ( )
2 vote Meredy | Aug 30, 2016 |
A very interesting read. I highly recommend it.The author transplants you back to early NYC. ( )
  LauGal | Aug 16, 2016 |
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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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From Amazon.com: Si Morley is bored with his job as a commercial illustrator and his social life doesn't seem to be going anywhere. So, when he is approached by an affable ex-football star and told that he is just what the government is looking for to take part in a top-secret program, he doesn't hesitate for too long. And so one day Si steps out of his twentieth-century New York apartment and finds himself back in January 1882. There are no cars, no planes, no computers, no television and the word "nuclear" doesn't appear in the dictionary. For Si, it's very like Eden, somewhere he could find happiness. But has he really travelled back in time? The portfolio of tintype photographs and sketches that he brings back to the present day convince the government. But then all Si wants is to return. . .
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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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