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Three by Finney

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This handsome new book combines three Finney favorites (The Woodrow Wilson Dime, Marion's Wall, The Night People) in an omnibus edition that brilliantly displays his bold and unmistakable imagination. Certain to delight anyone with a penchant for penetrating imaginary realms of fantasy and adventure.
Paperback, 432 pages
Published August 15th 1987 by Touchstone
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These three stories/novellas/novels were very disappointing compared to Finney's Time and Again. Of the three, I liked "Marion's Wall" the best. The other two were just weird and seemed dated. Finney's works (including Time and Again, although it's done much better) follow this pattern: a man in his late 20s/ early 30s has a stable yet unsatisfying job and a pretty yet unsatisfying wife/girlfriend. Man seeks escape from dull life. Also, Finney's irrelevant description of what each character is w...more
This omnibus collection of 3 short novels is a case where a current re-reading failed to live up to the expectations set by the first time I encountered the book.

The Woodrow Wilson Dime is an expansion/re-working of the short story "The Coin Collector" (featured in I Love Galesburg in the Springtime ). I think it's much weaker than the original; Finney adds a Walter Mitty-ish dimension by describing some of his protagonist's daydreams as if they were factual; this seems like an iffy gambit in a...more
Debbie Robson
This is actually three novels by Jack Finney, the master of time travel. I was thinking it was three short stories/novellas not novels.
The Woodrow Wilson Dime was fun but I got a bit confused by the multiple parallel universes and wasn't sure about the significance of the WW dime. Maybe not in office for long?
My favourite novel was Marion's Wall. Really interesting characterisation and enjoyable descriptions of San Fransisco. It has been made into a movie. I just can't see Glenn Close as Marion...more
I was pretty young when I found this on the shelf at home, and I found Jack Finney so clever, so startlingly funny and exciting that I've always sort of felt that The Night People, and The Woodrow Wilson Dime (two of the three novellas in this collection) were written just for me.
I've read Finney before and enjoyed it, and appreciate the vaguely whimsical style in these, but something about these stories failed to connect.
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Of the three, Ive read The Woodrow Wilson Dime and part of The Night People. This reminds me that I really should get to finishing those...
i really enjoyed these three stories - the last less than the previous two, but they make a nice summer read.
Phil Hodge
Great fun. Three totally different stories, each with a unique twist on life, and sometimes on time.
One by Finney in the sense that The Woodrow WIlson Dime is the best of the three. It was hysterical. Read it!
I would have given this two stars except I enjoyed "The Night People" better than the other two stories.
One good story two not so good
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