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)
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.
Wonderful book! It makes you believe time travel might really be possible, while also providing lots of thought-provoking questions, and a sweet love story. What more can a reader ask?
I have been an avid Bibliophile since I learned how to read at 4 years old. I listen to audiobooks every day.
I love Paul Hecht's narration and the whole premise of this story. I listen to it once or twice a year. I like the time travel paradox it just touched on and how he helps make things right at the end....in itself a change with who knows how many ripples felt it? I like that Sy ended up with Julia and decided to live in her time.
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This is Jack Finney's iconic book about time travel. It easily cuts around physics, relying on the power of the mind. Well. Some minds. It's a very long thing and is written with a lot of light places to keep the reader happy and engaged.
Unfortunately, though the book is expertly narrated by Paul Hecht (who has a truly wonderful voice), Mr. Hecht neglects the humor, the grief, the human nuances. His read sounds very much like a documentary. Beautiful, but little to connect with.
If that doesn't trouble you as a listener, then I highly recommend this audiobook. Otherwise, read it instead.
I really wanted to like this book because Stephen King said it was good, but I guess I am too used to more fast paced books. I realize this book was written in the 1970's where things did move slower but I was always thinking "just get on with the story". I am 6 hours into the book and decided to quit. I hate that I won't get to find out what happened, but I just couldn't finish it. I do think it would make a good movie..
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