Time and again book review

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time and again book review

Time and Again (Time, #1) by Jack Finney

As I said, not much snap. That suspense dissipates somewhat when Morley makes the first two of four trips across 88 years. This, it seems to me, is the central purpose of Time and Again. Finney writes about the way people acted, how homes were lighted, the horses and carriages and, after a big snow, the sleigh rides. He writes about a melodramatic streak in the way people thought and talked about feelings. For Morley, the people seem happier and more at peace than in his home year of To flesh out these observations, Finney includes photographs and illustrations from the period.
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Book Review: Time and Again by Jack Finney

As soon as I discovered this, my immediate response was: good grief, has he ever read Jack Finney? The basic time travel device is nonsense: a retired professor of physics believes that the past still exists, and it is possible to step into it in the right circumstances. So a volunteer, Si Morley, lives in a building that existed in the s, in a room decorated exactly as it would have been in the s, wears clothes he would have worn in the s, and after a period of trial and error steps out of the building into the s. As I say, nonsense; but what he does with the idea is exquisite. But that is not the point of the book. The point is to give a rich and detailed description of the texture of daily life in New York in the s told from the perspective of the s.

Si Morley is recruited as a subject, and he must agree to abandon his current life with no questions asked even before finding out what the project is. Dissatisfied with his circumstances, he agrees, and soon is back in New York, trying to solve a mystery suggested by his friend Kate. Si moves into a boarding house, the better to scope out the object of his investigation, Jake Pickering. Si falls in love with Julia himself, and sets out to prove to all that Pickering is a villain and a scoundrel. Some of the book is social commentary: Si compares what he perceives as the happy, hopeful people of the late 19th century to the vapid, greedy people of the late 20th.

The novel is about traveling through time. The story of its creation tells much about why it takes some authors such a long time to write a book. And the statement probably sums up the feelings of the legions of fans of Mr. Finney's novel, "Time and Again. The company has ordered a first printing of 90, copies.

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He enjoys the sights of the city at that time: still much farming on Manhattan, the Dakota and Museum of Natural History standing pretty much alone, the arm of the Statue of Liberty standing by itself in Madison Square, and many other things. But he also falls in love with Julia Charbonneau, who is engaged to a brusque and brutal man named Jake Pickering. It turns out Pickering has some sort of blackmail scheme going, and Si must decide whether to meddle with events. Finney's novel is nearly a classic: sufficiently rich and accomplished to qualify as literature. He supplements the excellent story with historic photos and drawings the latter supposedly drawn by his hero , and it's rather surprising this tale has not yet been filmed. Click here to see the rest of this review. The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus.

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! So, how did Si Morley ever get back there if Danzinger was never born?? Also, would have liked to know how Si and Julie's final meeting and life together turned out as well as Jake's cover up of his identity. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.


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    Start by marking “Time and Again (Time, #1)” as Want to Read: 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. My year in books.

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