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-20th century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past.
A story that will remain in the listener's memory, Time and Again is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past, made vivid and extraordinarily moving by the images of a time that was... and perhaps still is.
©1970 Jack Finney (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Go back to a wonderful world and have a wonderful time doing it." (The New York Times)
Really a masterpiece, a time travel piece that has to be considered with the time it was written. "Buy the premise, buy the bit." This story doesn't struggle with time travel paradoxes but with the human consequences of shifting between milieu, between the very different cultures of different times.
Near the end the author looses track of how mankind's struggles to fix our problems often succeed in making this a better world. He wrings his hands over problems current to his own time, while I, down history's timeline, see those problems largely met. This mistake should not be made by a serious student of history. Think it was Heinlein who said that those who harken back to simpler, better times, have no appreciation for how hard it was to find enough food.
In the end of course our time traveler is motivated by the only constant.
Classic. Well done.
And from this one book it lead me to a life time of possibilities and day dreams. Thank you Mr Finney
I expected a lot from this book, based on the other comments. The main character time travels by thinking about it, which is kind of a cop out. Plus, it really didn't get interesting until the last 4 chapters.
A fun and convincing story, dated only by an annoying habit of the time; women are referred to as girls. One sentence nearly ruined the book for me; it expressed an irrational fear of young black men. I think it was a product of the times though, however irrational.
My books are water; those of the great geniuses are wine; (fortunately) everybody drinks water. - Mark Twain
It's hard to follow, because the author creates this method of time travel that is composed of psychological hypnosis. This really is a fatal flaw for me. Stephen King's approach in "11/22/63" was simple - the method of time travel was mystical magic - this is the easiest approach for an author and it allows them to focus on the story. Now consider "Doomsday Book" by Connie Willis, it employs the futuristic more technically advanced society creating a scientific procedure to enable time travel, it is a good workable method of time travel in which Willis weaves her story. In "Time and Again" Finney tries to weave his story around this psychological hypnosis approach, and it is too silly for the story to really develop. In science fiction writing, if the author can't or doesn't want to develop a solid background to the "science" part of the fiction work it is the best practice to leave the "science" unexplained. Take the movie "Back to the Future" for a classic example, we go along with the story because the character of Doc Brown just provides a working example in the mall parking lot, and that is enough, we just accept it. The Time Machine, by H.G. Wells just employs a mixture of science and mysticism but chalking it up to the fourth dimension, and we never look back the story is great and we never question how the time travel is possible. "Time and Again" spends a lot of time trying to sell us on the method of times travel, a big flaw for Finney's work. Finney puts just enough story line and characterization into the book to save it and render it a mediocre work.
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