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Time and Again

(Time #1)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  19,882 ratings  ·  2,412 reviews
One of the most beloved tales of our time!

Science fiction, mystery, a passionate love story, and a detailed history of Old New York blend together in Jack Finney's spellbinding story of a young man enlisted in a secret government experiment.

Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadw
Paperback, 399 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Orion Publishing Group (first published 1970)
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Joe Valdez
Feb 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
January 12, 2019 review

My year in books begins with a re-read of my favorite time travel novel, Time and Again by Jack Finney. Published in 1970, I'm happy to report that the book stands as a vivid parallel universe romance and labor of love from an author who was legitimately enamored by New York City of the 1880s. If I was sectioning off the best books to read each month of the year, this would also be a nominee for the Best of January, with a protagonist journeying to a Manhattan of frozen po
“I’ve always felt a wonder at old photographs not easy to explain… I mean the sense of wonder, staring at the strange clothes and varnished backgrounds, at knowing that what you’re seeing was once real. That light really did reflect into a lens from these lost faces and objects. That these people were really there once, smiling into a camera.”

If you’ve ever been bewitched by antique photographs, intrigued by the lives of the people and places forever captured within, perhaps even wishing to take
Angela M
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing

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
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
I went into this one with very high expectations from all its rave reviews but came out with a middle of the road opinion. It was a pleasant enough read but I could not find the spark that would have made it a top class one.

I am a sucker for a good time travel experience but was not impressed with the method of travel used in Time and Again. However it served its purpose and we travelled to New York in 1882. I am pretty sure that you need to be acquainted with that city in order to really apprec
Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people obsessed with the 1880's
Recommended to H. by: Dad and sister
Shelves: fiction-sf, dont-own
If Simon Morley, protagonist of Finney's Time and Again, had any real personality beyond his nickname being "Si," perhaps the book's loose ends and rough edges would have distracted less. But he is neither a complex and interesting original nor a heavy-handed archetype. He's more of a blank slate onto which we might project ourselves, the first-person writing tone that of an amateur blogger who is trying his hand at a journalistic account of a very exciting place. No matter the topic, if the wri ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
I'm not sure what happened with this time travel tale, where a man travels back to NYC in the late 1800's and gets involved in the lives of some people in a boarding house in that era, except that it got just a little slow for me about 1/2 or 2/3 through. So I skimmed the rest and read the ending (my husband HATES it when I do that), and kind of lost interest. I keep meaning to get back to it but it's never happened, and it's been at least a year.

This reminds me quite strongly of Miss Peregrine
I thourghly enjoyed this book. I love historical fiction, time travel, adventure, and a little romance. It makes a perfect combination. Add the wonderful imagination of Jack Finney and you have a literary treat. The concept of time travel in this story is so natural and realistic that it becomes almost beliveable, it only requires imagination, the right setting, and faith. My favorite thing about the novel though was the imagery created of 1882 New York City. I can see why New Yorkers love this ...more
Andrew Smith
May 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
I'm doing the rounds of time travel novels. I've read a few and here's my quick and dirty order, so far:
1) 11/22/63 - Stephen King
2) Man in the Empty Suit - Sean Ferrell
3) The Time Traveller's Wife- Audrey Niffenegger
4) Time and Again - Jack Finney
So this one is in last place? Well, last of a list of four of my favourite books. I love the options time travel opens up and each of the above does a brilliant job of exploiting that. The only reason this doesn't 't climb higher in the list is that I
If you like mystery, action and intrigue with a bit of romance and VERY DESCRIPTIVE details of the people, architecture and life in 1880's New York, you will like this book. Interesting method of time travel.

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)

Algernon (Darth Anyan)
Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014

It was an ordinary day, a Friday, twenty minutes till lunchtime, five hours till quitting time and the weekend, ten months till vacation, thirty-seven years till retirement. Then the phone rang.

Simon Morley is a graphic artist in New York around 1970, caught in a boring job doing advertisement drawings for moderate pay. He is just about ready for an adventure, anything to escape his predictable and unappealing current lifestyle. The mystery caller offers him the opportunity of a lifetime : to
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It isn’t very often that a book truly surprises me, particularly one that deals with a well-worn plot line, like time travel. This is a time travel book unlike most of the others I have read. It is full of delicious descriptions that are so accurate and detailed that they make you feel you have literally stepped into the world of 1882. Since Finney was able to take me to 1882 so easily, I had no reason to doubt that his character, Simon Morley, could get there as well.

Si is transported to 1882 t
Genia Lukin
Dec 08, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
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Eli Stevens
Dec 27, 2008 rated it liked it
This book was strange. There were times when I couldn't put it down, and it was facinating, and others, when I seriously considered not finishing it.

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 70's)

My only argument 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 borin
May 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A time travel story that is riveting, humorous, intoxicating & even plausible. Finney is both wonderfully descriptive & overly detailed (yet that is the essence of its charm). I felt fully immersed into the world of nineteenth century New York. Of how much the world has changed- and then how much it hasn't- and of how empty modern civilization feels in comparison. He really made history come alive & how it would feel to see these things. I felt actual thrills along with the characters. It begins ...more
Feb 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Charming, but Flawed, Tale of Time Travel to 1882 New York

"Time and Again" is certainly worth reading, but it has its flaws.

For one thing,its far too long and plodding. It would have been a much better book at half its length. The really interesting action doesn't get started until well into the book's second half.

The book opens with Simon ("Si") Morley, young artist, working at a New York ad agency. They treat him well, but he's bored silly with making sketches of bars of soap.

A mysterious man
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
I had been casually looking for this book for years after a friend/English Lit instructor at Dixie College recommended it to me. I finally found in my local Deseret Industries, a definite treasure. This is a wonderfully gentle book about a New York man who travels back through time to the 19th century. It is a lovely blend of science fiction, historical fiction, and romance and I heartily recommend it. I am strangely taken by the Victorian era, especially Victorian New York City and this book ma ...more
Ah, the fascination of traveling in time.  I dived into this novel prepared to be taken away.  Alas, this was not the case.  I respect the research that went into it, but there was so much description that I got bogged down with it.  The pictures and drawings were more of a distraction than a plus.  Perhaps if I had read it at another time...
Jan 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
TIME AND AGAIN is probably the most famous novel about time-travel published in past half-century, and one of the most convincing. I first read it around 1976 or 1977, when it was already becoming hard-to-find (fortunately it was brought back into print in the early 1980s and has remained available every since). I fell in love with it from the very first reading, and have re-read it several times since. It's an "illustrated novel" that's illustrated with photographs and woodcuttings of the early ...more
Oct 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A delightful read from start to finish... and despite the book being nearly 50 years old, there were times the sentiments of our hero, Si Morley, were timeless.

Its dual settings of 1970 NYC and 1882 NYC was the hook that kept me reading... the details were fascinating and endless, and yet stayed easy to read without getting boring.

The New York of today and yesteryear were both populated with unforgettable characters, charming scenes and historical facts and figures sure to please any lover of N
Jun 08, 2011 rated it really liked it

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
Jun 24, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
dnf at 136 pages

this book was really boring and it moved super slowly. there was just this one big plot, and everything kinda just happened. there were no problems, and everything basically worked.

i also hated the characters. they all seemed pretty bland and the author tried too hard to make the main character seem funny but he really wasn’t.
Connie G
Simon Morley, an artist working for an advertising agency, is bored with his job. When he is approached by a government agency to work on a secret project, he is intrigued by the idea of a new adventure. This project will take him from 1970 back to 1882 in New York City to unravel a mystery. His instructions are to limit interactions with other people to avoid changing the future. But that becomes difficult as he tries to protect Julia, a lovely young woman, from marrying a man who would make he ...more
Anne ✨ Finds Joy
This is a well loved book by many, and I'd received multiple recommendations for it, so I was pretty excited to begin, but sadly, this book wasn't a good match for me.

There were two things that got in the way of my enjoying it more. Firstly, the main character (Si Morley) felt lacking in personality. He told us the story, but it was all "tell" with little emotion. It became tiresome listening to detail after detail of someone's day, like: "I woke up. Then I got dressed. Then I brushed my teeth.
Carla Remy
Maybe it is just me, maybe it is just now, but I could not read this. I got to page 130, and was utterly uninterested. There were a few good details about time and history, but the method of time travel seems too simple, too easy. All you need is a place unchanged by the years, knowledge of the period you're going to, and some good hypnosis? I know, it's fictional anyway, so who cares. And possibly I missed something, since I only read 130 pages. I really enjoyed Finney's Invasion of the Body-Sn ...more
“It had become habit, leaving the Dakota, to walk out and back into the winter of 1882.”

Time and Again is an action-packed time travel adventure. Si Morley is given an opportunity to have “the greatest adventure any human being has ever had," to travel back in time, through a well-thought-out program using immersion and self-hypnosis. It was fascinating to think about how this might be done, and reading along, I wanted to believe it was possible--almost did believe. I would love to walk out of m
Time and Again: A leisurely tribute to 1882 New York
Originally posted at Fantasy Literature
Jack Finney’s Time and Again (1970) has been a long-time favorite among time-travel tales, and has remained in print since its first publication. It was also selected by David Pringle for his Modern Fantasy: The 100 Best Novels. Since I’ve been on a time-travel trip lately, this was a must-listen. It’s narrated well by Paul Hecht, and is a long, leisurely, and loving tribute to the long-gone New York of th
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020, library
What a wonderful read, I loved this time travel novel set in New York City. It was first published in 1970 and I have no idea why I’ve never come across it before because it’s just the sort of thing I like.
Simon Morley is recruited to a secret government project researching time travel using a very simple method. Not everyone can do it, but Si seems to be a natural. He travels back to 1882 and while initially not wanting to change anything he does become involved with people.
It’s written in a re
Apr 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I love to read. I read because it's fun for me. Pretty much anything I read, it's fun for me.

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
Althea Ann
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
A strange cross between a secret-govt.-project time-travel sci-fi novel, a period mystery and a 19th-century NYC nostalgia-fest.
Liberally illustrated with period drawings and photographs that purport to be by the main character (although they obviously aren't) - but it's an original and interesting aspect.
This novel is notable for being by the guy who wrote Invasion of the Body Snatchers.
As is the case with most time-travel stories, the logic of the time-travel concept doesn't really hold up - y
I had really high expectations from the book when I started. The narrative is easy and catchy to follow. But, boy, this was a really long book.
The book is a beautiful tribute for New York. I may have enjoyed it more, be I ever in New York. The descriptions were detailed, but I was lazy to relate one description to another and have the full scenes in my mind.
The one thing I am grateful for from this book, is that it actually cured me of my awful romantic time travel hangover mood.

P.S. I would lo
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Mr. Finney specialized in thrillers and works of science fiction. Two of his novels, The Body Snatchers and Good Neighbor Sam became the basis of popular films, but it was Time and Again (1970) that won him a devoted following. The novel, about an advertising artist who travels back to the New York of the 1880s, quickly became a cult favorite, beloved especially by New Yorkers for its rich, painst ...more

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