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Preview — Time and Again by Jack Finney
Time and Again (Time #1)
Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh b...more
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When I read a time travel story, I try not to dwell on how the character got to this other time and place. It just doesn't pay because then I start asking questions for which there is no realistic answer. So for me it has to be about the destination, what I find there, what happens there, what it means for the character in his or her present day.
And oh what we find there in New York City in 1882! Beautiful buildings some of which are still standing in Si Morley’s present day New York of 1970, in...more
I like a good time travel story and I love New York City, so this was an ideal novel for me to read. Its narrator, Si Morley, an advertising artist living in New York City in about 1970 (the year in which the novel was first published), is recruited to participate in a secret time travel project run by a government agency. He persuades the agency to allow him to go back to Manhattan in 1882 so that he can witness the genesis of a family mystery that continues to puzzle his girlfriend. As Si trav...more
But I can't remember the last time I've had THIS MUCH fun.
So, a recap: Simon Morley is an illustrator working in the advertising business in 1970s New York. He is recruited to join a top-secret U.S. government project. Scientists, applying a statement of Einstein's, think they have figured out a way for people to travel back and forth in time. Si is chosen as one of the first time travelers. Although he...more
I'm really glad that I did.
It's obvious that the book isn't a modern read, it's got a some what old way of thinking to it. (Even though it was only written in the 80's)
My only arguement against 'Time and Again' is that it is sometimes too descriptive and long winded. Chapters that should have been expounded were too short, and other's that were bori...more
is an almost-ten-pound, 1100-page doorstop of a book by noted architect Robert A. M. Stern and two co-authors (with research assistance from some graduate students at the Columbia School of Architecture, one of whom was my daughter). It is an amazing work, the definitive study of the era in which New York became a world-class metropolis. With over 1,000 vintage photographs, you can open to any page and be blown away by the grandeur and vis...more
When I first read this book, about 30 years ago, I picked it up with great reluctance. The person who recommended it to me had a track record for suggesting some really awful books. I was so pleasantly surprised. It is one of the few books I re-read, and every time I am delighted. The world Si stepped into is one that my family first saw when they came to New York City...more
Yes, yes, and yes. And it is exactly how I feel about this book. There's a spoiler moment I won't mention but I want to be sitting on the couch with you when you experience it. I want you to look over at me with the same wonder I feel every time I get to that point in the book and I want your eyes to exclaim the magic...more
Don't think that I have ever read a book where my opinion of it changed so much over the course of reading it. First half is full of lengthy descriptions of New York in the 1880s which would no doubt be fascinating to anyone who knew the city well but that's not me (only been once and that was in 1986 !). I also couldn't get my head round how the time travel was supposed to work which...more
But on the flip side, it can be pretty slow at times and kinda sappy. Hopefully...more
Because of the famous film, Finney is best known for (Invasion of) The Body Snatchers, but he wrote a dozen or so novels over about four decades; Time and Again is probably the next most famous. It is still, after thirty years, a time travel novel with many differences from the ideas on the subject which have become commonplace in the science fiction genre, and thus it remains worth reading for any fan despite its obvious flaws.
Si Morley is an a...more
Si Morley, an advertising illustrator who is living in New York & feeling somewhat unfulfilled in life, is approached by a mysterious man who asks him to commit to a secret project. Not having much else to look forward to (even his relationship is somewhat desultory), he agrees. The project, under the aegis of the US government, is time travel by means of self-hypnotism &...more
It was a good love story and Jack Finney sure seemed to do a lot of wonderful research on 1882 New York. I loved all the old photos and sketches.
Wondering what would happen kept the pages turning. Not being a New Yorker, I felt bogged down in some of the detail. The underlying story was good. Hi...more
Stephen King mentions this book and the author in his Acknowlegmets at the end of 11/22/63 and it made me curious to read it. I am very glad I did!
Though not all is perfect in this novel, I am still giving it five stars. The author made note of the liberal fictional changes he made, at the same time admitting to his obsession on the...more
Published in 1970, Time and Again chronicles the adventures of Ne...more
The writing in this novel is very immature, as are many of the concepts. Basically, it's about this guy who works at a boring job he doesn't enjoy. He's recruited by the US government to take part in a top secret time-travel experiment. He signs up, travels back to New York in 1882, and all kinds of cr...more
First of all, I admired the ingenuity of Finney's method of time travel. I mean (WOW) he really is creative. Something unique, something that never came to any mind before or after and also something mentally logical.
The events are very exciting and there is a lot of suspense and thriller, but there are two things tha...more
He discovers he’s been drafted into a secret US Government project and everything is fine when he, through hypnosis, finds himself in 188...more
I was glad I happened to purchase the illustrated version of the book as the old photo's and sketches added to my enjoyment.
Great ending for a book club discussion. Loved the book!(view spoiler)[Surprised and a little confused at the ending when Si actually prevents the meeting of Danzinger...more
This is one of those novels where I wish I could erase my memory of it (ala Night W...more
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