Jeff Winston, forty-three, didn't know he was a replayer until he died and woke up twenty-five years younger in his college dorm room; he lived another life. And died again. And lived again and died again -- in a continuous twenty-five-year cycle -- each time starting from scratch at the age of eighteen to reclaim lost loves, remedy past mistakes, or make a fortune in the...more
To see a world in a grain of sand...more
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand,
And eternity in an hour.
Every night and every morn
Some to misery are born,
Every morn and every night
Some are born to sweet delight.
Some are born to sweet delight,
Some are born to endless night.
God appears, and God is light,
To those poor souls who dwell in night;
But does a human form display
To those who dwell in realms of day.
All poetic excerpts in this review are from Auguries of Innocence by W
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Jeff Winston is a 43 years old radio journalist, trapped in a tedious job and a dysfunctional marriage, when he gets the chance of a lifetime: when he's having a heart attack, instead of dying he wakes up 25 years earlier, in 1963, with all his memories intact. I don't think there's any person on this planet who, approaching the 50 years milestone, has not fantasized about starting over with the wisdom that only age and experience can grant, and enjoy all the perks a young body and financial for...more
I think that one of the reasons I avoided reading this for so long is that it is saddled under the unfortunate umbr...more
With each replay of Jeff's life, he takes...more
The main character of this book dies within the first few pages... and then returns to relive his life over and over with all of the knowledge his life experiences have given him. There are twists and turns throughout, keeping you guessing about what will happen, where Jeff's life will take hi...more
'Volver a empezar' es sin duda una de las mejores novelas de viajes en el tiempo que he leído. La premisa que nos propone Ken Grimwood es muy original. Este libro, escrito en 1988, y ganador del Premio Mundial de Fantasía, nos propone viajar al pasado como nunca se había hecho. Estamos acostumbrados a un traslado tipo 'Regreso al futuro...more
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Jeff Winston, forty-three, didn't know he was a replayer until he died and woke up twenty-five years younger in his college dorm room; he lived another life. And died again. And lived again and died again -- in a continuous twenty-five-year cycle -- each time starting from scratch at the age of eighteen to reclaim lost loves, remedy past mistakes, or make a fortune in the stock market. A novel of gripping adventure, romance, and fascinating speculation on the nature of time, Rep...more
Published in 1988, Grimwood's novel starts off with 43 year-old Jeff Winston taking a call from his wife who says, "We need..." Jeff never hears the end of the sentence because he's struck by a massive heart-attack, dies and then wakes up in 1963 as his 18 year old self. Presented with the opportunity to live his life over, Jess takes a page from Marty M...more
I'm not saying it's a bad book. I actually enjoyed quite a lot about it. I think there's something to connect to here for folks who have been in love, had doubts about relationships, or w...more
Imagine if today you had a heart attack and instead of dying you woke up 25 years ago, knowing what you know now.
How hard it would be to make the same decisions that lead you to the life you lead today. What if you got sick on the day you got your job and didn't land the interview the second time around? What if you overstepped you boundaries introducing yourself to y...more
In some ways Replay reminds me of the Groundhog Day film, where Bill Murray's character relived the same day over and over again. In the book, Jeff relives the last 25 years of his life at a random starting point as a junior in college up to when he gets a heart attack in 1988.
It's an interesting premise and one where we could fantasize what we would do ourselves. Jeff tries to stop the Kennedy assassination and fails, although he gets Lee Harvey Oswald arrested. Kennedy dies a...more
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He hugged her tightly, rocked her in his arms and felt his own tears trickle down his face. "Just think of how we've lived. Think of all we've done, and let's try to be grateful for that."
"But we could have done so much more. We could have—"
"Hush," he whispered. "We did all we could. More than either of us ever dreamed when we were first starting out."
She leaned back, searched his eyes as if seeing them for the first time, or the last. "I know," she sighed. "It's just … I got so used to the endless possibilities, the time … never being bound by our mistakes, always knowing we could go back and change things, make them better. But we didn't, did we? We only made things different.”