Time and Again
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
This reminds me quite strongly of Miss Peregrine ...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
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 ...more
"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 ...more
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 ...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
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.
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 ...more
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. ...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
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 ...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
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
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
A fun and light atmospheric read, but one that did not quite meet the expectations that its high reputation warrants. It is slow moving for much of the book and I don't feel it has enough substance to stick with me for years after reading it.
Favorite Quote: It may be that the strongest instinct of the human race, stronger than sex or hunger, is curiosity: the absolute need to know. It can and often does motivate a lifetime, it kil ...more
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