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Time and Again 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 ExperimentTransported From The Mid Twentieth Century To New York City In The Year , Si Morley Walks The Fashionable Ladies Mile Of Broadway, Is Enchanted By The Jingling Sleigh Bells In Central Park, And Solves A Th Century Mystery By Discovering Its Th 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 PastA 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


About the Author: Jack Finney

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, painstakingly researched descriptions of life in the citythan a century ago.Mr Finney, whose original name was Walter Braden Finney, was born in Milwaukee and attended Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois After moving to New York and working in the advertising industry, he began writing stories for popular magazines like Collier s, The Saturday Evening Post and McCall s.His first novel, Five Against the House 1954 , told the story of five college students who plot to rob a casino in Reno A year later he published The Body Snatchers later reissued as Invasion of the Body Snatchers , a chilling tale of aliens who emerge from pods in the guise of humans whom they have taken over Many critics interpreted the insidious infiltration by aliens as a cold war allegory that dramatized America s fear of a takeover by Communists Mr Finney maintained that the novel was nothingthan popular entertainment The 1956 film Invasion of the Body Snatchers was remade twice.Mr Finney first showed an interest in time travel in the short story collection The Third Level, which included stories about a commuter who discovers a train that runs between New York and the year 1894, and a man who rebuilds an old car and finds himself transported back to the 1920s.He returned to the thriller genre in Assault on a Queen 1959 and tried his hand at comedy in Good Neighbor Sam 1963 , a novel based on his experiences as an adman, played by Jack Lemmon in the film version.In The Woodrow Wilson Dime 1968 , Mr Finney once again explored the possibilities of time travel The dime of the title allows the novel s hero to enter a parallel world in which he achieves fame by composing the musicals of Oscar Hammerstein and inventing the zipper.With Time and Again, Mr Finney won the kind of critical praise and attention not normally accorded to genre fiction Thomas Lask, reviewing the novel in The New York Times, described it, suggestively, as a blend of science fiction, nostalgia, mystery and acid commentary on super government and its helots Its hero, Si Morley, is a frustrated advertising artist who jumps at the chance to take part in a secret project that promises to change his life So it does He travels back to New York in 1882, moves into the Dakota apartment building on Central Park West and experiences the fabulous ordinariness of a bygone age its trolleys, horse drawn carriages, elevated lines, and gaslights This year Mr Finney published a sequel to the novel, From Time to Time.Mr Finney also wrote Marion s Wall 1973 , about a silent film actress who, in an attempt to revive her film career, enters the body of a shy woman, and The Night People 1977 His other fictional works include The House of Numbers 1957 and the short story collection I Love Galesburg in the Springtime 1963 He also wrote Forgotten News The Crime of the Century and Other Lost Stories 1983 about sensational events of the 19th century.



10 thoughts on “Time and Again

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    January 12, 2019 reviewMy 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 enad 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 January 12, 2019 reviewMy 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 enad 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 ponds and horse drawn sleighs the first month of the year Though not a perfect trip, it is a wonderful one.Simon Morley, who for reasons that frustrate aesthetic delight insists on being called Si, is a twenty eight year old art student from Buffalo who works as a graphic designer at an advertising firm on 54th Street Si is a man of another time, having met his girlfriend Kate Mancuso at the antique shop she owns on Third Avenue, where Si enjoys picking through stereoscopeic slides from New York City of yesteryear Then one Friday, watching the clock edge toward lunch, Si is visited by Ruben Prien, a project manager for a U.S government program who without being able to divulge any details offers Si the opportunity for a great adventure Arriving for his interview at a storage company warehouse on the Upper West Side, Si is taken to a room where after four minutes, he finds his application completed, several details in the room different from when he entered and Ruben claiming that twenty minutes have elapsed Insisting that this is wrong and pointing out what s been changed, Si passes his test and is shown even stranger things He sees instruction rooms, one with a woman learning the Charleston Si is led onto a catwalk above a massive sound stage, where sets have been built, one of a Montana plain with Crow Indian teepees Si meets the project director, a theoretical physicist named Dr E.E Danziger who believes that science has yet to catch up to everything Albert Einstein theorizedHe meant that we re mistaken in our conception of what the past, present and future really are We think the past is gone, the future hasn t happened yet, and that only the present exists Because the present is all we can see Well, if you pinned me down, I d have to admit that s how it seems to me He smiled, Of course To me, too It s only natural As Einstein himself pointed out He said we re like people in a boat without oars drifting along a winding river Around us we see only the present We can t see the past, back in the bends and curves behind us But it s there Did he mean that literally, though Or did he mean He meant exactly what he said When he said light has weight, he meant that the sunlight lying on a field of wheat actually weighs several tonsAnd now we know it s been measured that it really does He meant that the tremendous energy theoretically binding atoms together really could be released in one unimaginable burst As it really can, a fact that has changed the course of the human race He also meant precisely what he said about time that the past, back there around the curves and bends, really existsIt is actually there For maybe a dozen seconds Danziger was silent, his fingers playing with the little red cellophane strip Then he looked up and said simply, I am a theoretical physicist on leave here from Harvard University And my own tiny extension of Einstein s great theory is that a man ought somehow to be able to step out of that boat onto the shore And walk back to one of the bends behind us Danziger s project comprised of fifty people and drawing on the services and resources of various branches of the government have sought recruits with an ability to see things both as they are and how they might have been After studying a specific time period and training on a sound stage, the recruit is placed in an environment that exists now as it did at that point in the past a town in rural Vermont, the Notre Dame cathedral in Paris Trained in techniques of self hypnosis, the recruit then exits their location and steps out into the world of the past Why To prove it can be done.Si is offered the opportunity to travel to San Francisco of 1901, but the artist has another travel destination in mind New York City, January 1882, where he wants to watch a letter mailed at the Main Post Office Si s girlfriend Kate had a foster father who lived and died unable to solve a mystery surrounding the suicide of his father Andrew Carmody, a Wall Street financier who briefly served as an adviser to President Grover Cleveland Whatever misery Carmody endured has to do with that letter, which was partially burned by his wife along with a suicide note that readThat the sending of this should cause the Destruction by Fire of the Entire World Disclosing his mission to Kate, Si s girlfriend helps him bone up on New York City of the 1880s He s outfitted with period garb and an apartment at the Dakota building, a magnificent blockwide structure constructed in Central Park in the early 1880s Si has only a few days to convince his subconscious that the world of eighty eight years ago is the world outside his window and after wandering through the park during a blizzard, is certain that he did briefly return to the past He tries again, only this time with Kate at his side, and at the clop of hoofs and a faint axle squeak, they encounter a horse drawn bus emerge from the snow We didn t turn immediately we couldn t quite bring ourselves to do that But we heard the squeal of iron tires crunching cold dry snow, heard the loose wood and iron rattle of the body, and the crack of leather reins on solid flesh Then, very slowly, we turned our heads to look again at the tiny, arch roofed wooden bus with high wooden spoke wheels, drawn by a team of gaunt horses, their breaths puffing whitely into the winter air at each step It was closer now, filling our vision and staring at it I knew now from where and when I had come It took a moment of actual struggle for my mind to take hold of what it knew to be the truth that we were here, standing on a corner of upper Fifth Avenue on a gray January afternoon of 1882 and I shivered and for a moment felt shot through with fear Then elation and curiosity roared through me.What I love about Time and Again is how enad Jack Finney is with time travel and stuck behind a typewriter in the late 1960s, with New York City of the early 1880s This is a Manhattan Island covered by hundreds of acres of farmland, where Trinity Church is the highest point in the city at 284 feet and neither traffic signals or telephones are in use Si records pages of interesting sights and while Finney does go overboard on detail, so would my report if I traveled back in time Finney s use of weather snow, ice, freezing cold is a character in itself and adds tremendous atmosphere to the novel, particularly in the time travel scenes.I liked how Finney uses self hypnosis as a catalyst for time travel Richard Matheson used a similar device for Bid Time Return in 1975 but of the two novels, Finney s is vivid, exciting, researched including photographs and as a love story,convincing Traveling back alone, Si rents a room in the same boarding house as the man who mailed the letter and becomes enad with the ill tempered villain s fianc e, Julia Charbonneau While I endorsed Si getting Julia away from the blackmailer she d be miserable with, I wasn t sure whether this constituted cheating or not, whether what happens in the 1880s stays in the 1880s Contemporary readers are bound to notice what I did and that is the male gaze which Si frequently employs whenever he encounters a woman I wasrestless over how long Si s recruitment went on and how long it took for him to go back in time Finney puts almost as much thought into the time travel project as Michael Crichton does in Timeline I did like how in his debriefing, Si is prompted to recount as many facts as he can to determine whether he has altered history Finney ultimately questions whether the project has Crichton like implications for disaster and resolves the novel thrillingly My thesis This novel holds up supremely well as imaginatively spun science fiction romance.Length 129,242 wordsNovember 20, 2014 reviewThe next stop in my time travel marathon November being Science Fiction Month and by far the best yet is Time and Again, a little known but much loved 1970 novel by Jack Finney that handles a fantastic premise a government project sends a man eighty eight years into New York City s past withimagination, sensuality and logic than any time travel story I ve read This is a wonderful book that has just become one of my favorites.Simon Morley, known as Si , is twenty eight years old, an art student from Buffalo who works as a graphic designer for an advertising firm on 54th Street Si is a man out of time he met his girlfriend Kate Mancusco at the antique shop she owns on Third Avenue, where Si enjoys digging through stereoscopeic slides from New York City of yesteryear Then one Friday, watching the clock edge toward lunch, Si receives a visitor Ruben Prien is a project manager for a U.S government program he revaeals very little about except to promise Si that he envies his opportunity to be offered an adventure as great as this.Si is invited to participate in some tests first and arriving for his interview in a complex disguised as a moving company warehouse on the Upper West Side, is shown many strange things There are instruction rooms, one with a student speaking medieval French, one with a man in a World War I uniform training in bayonet combat, one with a woman learning the Charleston Si is led onto a catwalk above a massive soundstage, where several sets have been built, from a neighborhood in the 1920s to a Montana plain with Crow Indian teepees Si is finally taken to the employee cafeteria, where he s introduced the the project director, a theoretical physicist named Dr Danziger.The old man asks Si how much he knows about Albert Einstein Not much, Si replies, except that Einstein had bushy hair and was terrible at arithmetic Danziger elaborates,He meant that we re mistaken in our conception of what the past, present and future really are We think the past is gone, the future hasn t yet happened, and that only the present exists Because the present is all we can seeIn other words, the past isn t gone It exists and can be reached.Danziger s candidates, those with the ability to see things both as they are and how they could have been, are trained in techniques of self hypnosis, and after rehearsing on a soundstage, are placed in certain environments a town in rural Vermont, a plain in Montana that have gone unchanged between now and some point in the past Danziger has discovered a way to make time travel possible, just as Einstein theorized Why To prove it can be done.Si is offered the opportunity to travel to San Francisco in 1901, but the artist has another destination in mind New York City, January 1882, where he wants to watch a man mail a letter at the Main Post Office Si s girlfriend had a foster father who went through life unable to solve a mystery surrounding the suicide of his father Andrew Carmody, a financier who was an adviser of some sort to President Cleveland The source of whatever misery Carmody was enduring had to do with that mysterious post, which was partially burned by his wife along with a suicide note that readThat the sending of this should cause the Destruction by Fire of the Entire World His mission disclosed to Kate, Si s girlfriend helps him study up on the history of New York City of the 1880s The project rents him an apartment in the Dakota Building, one of the few available buildings in Manhattan that was standing in 1882 Over a period of several days, dressed in period garb, Si attempts to train his mind that the world outside his window is 1882 After many failed attempts and one false start, Si is visited by Kate, and the couple makes the attempt together I ve summarized 115 pages of Time and Again and would prefer to leave as much of the ensuing 285 pages a surprise as I can One of the things that Finney does here that so many writers ignore is to stop and consider how traumatic the experience of time travel would be It comes as an existential crisis, making travelers physically ill from the realization that they re now history, surrounded by people who were all dead a minute ago The experience is not treated flippantly or as a plot point but given a gravitas that I see rarely in science fiction.As time travel speculation, Finney couldn t have chosenelegant mechanisms than Einstein, the Dakota Building and self hypnosis Logically, it all makes sense New York City of 1882 isn t a travel destination I d have chosen, but Finney took history I d never known and brought it to life A New York City covered by trees and farms the Dakota Building has been built so far out in the sticks that s how it earned the name the Dakotas Floors covered in tobacco juice, with spittoons as hit or miss as modern day men s urinals Men gathering at the Western Union building on Broadway to set their pocket watches to noon as a red ball drops the length of a flagpole on the roof The arm of the Statue of Liberty a landmark before the full statue could be erected on Ellis Island Elevated trains pulled by small locomotives Orphaned and homeless boys sleeping on hay barges in winter.As a native Texan who s never seen a real winter, I was particularly amazed by how vividly Finney utilizes snow, ice and freezing cold to advance his story, particularly Si and Kate s dramatic arrival in 1882 during blizzard conditions that obscure all indications of the present until the sound of a horse drawn sleigh announces their arrival in the past.The big ticket action sequence in the novel develops naturally from the characters and builds ferociously in a way it only could in the place and time of Finney s story At no point in the action did I feel that Finney was taking 20th century plot devices and running his time travelers through them the workings of New York City in 1882 seems to inform every decision There were moments where I thought I was ahead of his story and knew exactly where Finney was leading me, possibly toward the paradoxes Ray Bradbury speculated about, maybe a twist ending reminiscent of The Twilight Zone, and in each instance, I was wrong The triumph of the book is how well Finney takes modern day technology and marries it with the romance of the past As endings go, Finney s ranks as one of most satisfying I ve ever read Time and Again is a novel that has worked its spell on enough players in Hollywood to be in perpetual development as a movie Paul Newman Joanne Woodward fancied making a film version in the 1970s before Newman passed the book to Robert Redford, who failed in his attempts to interest Sydney Pollack, George Roy Hill or Steven Spielberg and got close to directing it himself in the 1990s The novel would make a great big screen fantasy romance, with any number of young actors able to fit into the lead roles


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    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 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, interesting people, and in many ways, what Si seems to think are simpler, happier times But when he learns about the orphans, the cruel working conditions, and the Boss Tweed corruption, it gives Si some pause The detailed descriptive writing makes you believe that you are in that place and in that time I was fascinated and couldn t wait for Si to go back each time he came back to his present Si understood and agreed that he could not interfere, should not do anything that would in any way alter the course of history but what was he to do about Julia I thought for days about that ending and won t saybecause you just have to read it for yourself To the critics of time travel stories who need an explanation of how this happens, I would say Imagine you are in another time, in another place with people you don t yet know It doesn t have to be a story about time travel it could be a fantasy, a mystery, a story that takes place in history or in the future because isn t this what we as readers of any fiction are ultimately summoned to do when we begin that first page of any story


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    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 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 appreciate much of the rest of the book It was really heavy on detail descriptions of streets, buildings, costumes, horses and snow Lots of snow.On the plus side the story really took off in the last part of the book when some exciting stuff happened at last There was some romance and there was a very, very smart ending In fact I am giving the ending a star all of its own I have to assume that as someone who has sadly never yet seen New York I missed out on the magic of this book


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    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 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 book Reading it you almost have the feeling of being there with tree lined streets, no tall buildings, no automobiles seeing horses pulling carriages, slieghs, and buses No spoilers from me though, to enjoy the story of Si and Julia you will have to read the book It s time travel at it s best 4.5 stars


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    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 toIt 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 travel back in time and witness history in the making It seems Simon has the right temperament and psychological profile to take part in a secret government project that can send a person back to a certain, well documented, moment of the past For Si Morley, this moment is New York, in the year 1882It may be that the strongest instinct of the human race, stronger even than sex or hunger, is curiosity the absolute need to know It can and often does motivate a lifetime, it killsthan cats, and the prospect of satisfying it can be the most exciting of emotions So Simon accepts the offer and goes into intensive training sessions with a select team of historians and psychologists, immersing himself completely into the target period and deploying auto hypnosis to convince his brain that he is living in 1882 just by wishing it into existence It sounds familiar because the same method of time travel is used in a novel by Richard Matheson I read earlier this year Somewhere in Time Finney wrote his story a few years before Matheson, and both of them may have been inspired by even earlier novels using hypnosis to alter reality Motivation wise, Matheson s hero is driven by passion for a woman he sees in an ancient portrait, while Simon is led by curiosity and a thirst for adventure, with the romantic elements taking much longer to develop and being in general less convincing Both heroes travel back to about the same year of the past, one to San Diego, one to New York Another common element between the two time travel stories is the observation that we may have gained some material benefits from the accelerated industrial development of the twentieth century, but we have lost on the social and personal accomplishments scale According to Simon, people were happier in the pastFaces don t have that look now when alone they re blank, and closed in I passed people in pairs or larger groups who were talking, sometimes laughing, occasionallyor less animated but only as part of the group They were shut off from the street around them, alien and separate from the city they lived in, suspicious of it, and that s not how New York was in the eighties Finney goes even further in his condemnation of the modern world, building an argument for actually living in the past and rejecting his selfish and the profit oriented contemporaries view spoiler the biggest issue being an attempt to use the newly discovered method of time travel for military and political purposes instead of the original goal of gathering knowledge and observing without interference with historyIt is becomingandcertain, as science uses an almost brand new ability to pull apart the deepest puzzles of the universe, that we need not and should not necessarily do something only because we ve learned how. hide spoilerWe re a people who pollute the very air we breathe And our rivers We re destroying the Great Lakes Erie is already gone, and now we ve begun on the oceans We filled our atmosphere with radioactive fallout that put poison into our children s bones, and we knew it We ve made bombs that can wipe out humanity in minutes, and they are aimed and ready to fire We ended polio, and then the US Army bred new strains of germs that can cause fatal, incurable disease We had a chance to do justice to our Negroes, and when they asked it, we refused In Asia we burned people alive, we really did We allow children to grow up malnourished in the United States We allow people to make money by using our television channels to persuade our own children to smoke, knowing what it is going to do to them This is a time when it becomes harder and harder to continue telling yourself that we are still good people We hate each other And we re used to it Getting off the high horse of ethics and responsible behaviour and how much better les neiges d antan were, I have some stuff to praise and some grumbling to do about the novel on the plus side, the presentation is very good, using photography inserted into the text to illustrate the journey into the past The research into the location and the period is extensive and rich in details buildings, streets, clothes, food, cultural events, newspaper articles, parlour games, andthe final chapters are better structured andspectacular that most of what went on before, for readers who are patient enough to read that far Favorite scenes a night time sleigh ride in the snow through Central Park, a trip down Broadway in a horse drawn tram, a devastating fire in a sprawling office building on the minus side, the same extensive research is fed to the reader in extra large portions that slow down the pace of the story considerably, to the point wherethan half of the novel reads like a dry, non fiction description of famous buildings in the city in 1882 the characters and their motivations are insufficiently developed and unconvincing, drivenby the need to visit all the interesting places in the town than by plot or personality There is an attempt to have a mystery story as a backbone to the novel and a source of suspense, but this felt flat and uninspired for meoften than not.In conclusion, some very good concepts about time travel and its implications, and excellent research, but the execution is less impressive Finney isambitious and far reaching in his story than Matheson, but he is not as good a storyteller


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    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 sof 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 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 sof 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 writing is boring so must be the reading.Here, plot must take the place of character but, unfortunately, it has many weaknesses, and often what strength it appears to have is mere fluff the author s showing off of his in depth research on the 1880 s.There is beauty in the idea of simplicity and novelty as the route to time travel, but Finney s simplicity is just that it falls short The idea is that with enough study on a time and place, a person can mentally transport themselves to this other time This is put forth as a government project, and Finney attempts an exploration of the human motivation to use knowledge that shouldn t be used, to negative ends.So many obvious questions pop up, left unanswered, that the ridiculousness gets in the way of the story It comes off as badly thought out and amateurish How does a time traveler come equipped with money How does he will himself to a specific day How does time pass in the present while one is in the past Why isn t the government asking these questions Why isn t the government watchingcarefully Why is it so easy for random people to be able to do this when apparently it s so hard for others who spend ages studying and have huge amounts of government money spent on them It s all very sloppy Luckily there was another storyline of some mystery and suspense that kept things moving minor spoiler The romance, however, did not convince or engage It s hard to fall in love with characters that do not have much character to them, and harder still to care whether they fall for each other I think the breaking point for me was when Morely decides to interfere in his love interest s life upon the epiphany that the people of the 1880 s are just as human and worthy as those of his time He realizes this after spending time with an impoverished man who works 14 hour days freezing his ass off for 1.50 day so his children won t join the thousands of orphans around the city So Morely decides that these are real people, and his action against their real pain is to save his crush from a bad marriage.The morality of this story seemed as confused and vague as the character, actually, and it gets quite full of it at the end.If I hadn t come to this book with high expectations, I might have beenaccepting of the mildly diverting mystery storyline, but I think I would have been less forgiving of the onanistic travel book descriptions of buildings and carriages, and verbatim quotes from newspapers of the time


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    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 King2 Man in the Empty Suit Sean Ferrell3 The Time Traveller s Wife Audrey Niffenegger4 Time and Again Jack FinneySo 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 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 King2 Man in the Empty Suit Sean Ferrell3 The Time Traveller s Wife Audrey Niffenegger4 Time and Again Jack FinneySo 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 found the present day setting somewhat off putting itself It s written and set in the 70 s and this period though I lived through it myself as a teenager and into my twenties seems like a time travel adventure in itself That said, it s detailed, clever and has the author has found a brilliant way of wrapping up the story I ve just ordered and am about to read the follow up book published around the time of the author s death 1995 Can t wait Would welcome any further recommendations for god time travel capers


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    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 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 s Home for Peculiar Children, where an author takes a bunch of vintage photos and builds a story around them I thought it was a gimmick in that book and I tend to think so here as well Time and Again is pretty well written, though, and a lot of people like it a lot better than I did Maybe I really will finish it sometime


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    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 Surprised and a little confused at the ending when Si actually prevents the meeting of Danzinger 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 Surprised and a little confused at the ending when Si actually prevents the meeting of Danzinger s parents so he is never born and his method of hypnosis time travel not developed 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 hide spoiler


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    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I was going to give this book two stars, because until the end it was merely bland and inoffensive, about like Finney describes modern food to be But the ending threw me into a rage, so one star it is.Fnney s book has a few redeeming features chiefly, his painstaking research into the period he attempts to depict And by depict I man depict, literally the entire book is filled with photographs, newspaper cuttings, illustrations, sketches to which the author painstakingly refers, and whi I was going to give this book two stars, because until the end it was merely bland and inoffensive, about like Finney describes modern food to be But the ending threw me into a rage, so one star it is.Fnney s book has a few redeeming features chiefly, his painstaking research into the period he attempts to depict And by depict I man depict, literally the entire book is filled with photographs, newspaper cuttings, illustrations, sketches to which the author painstakingly refers, and which he sometimes also painstakingly describes The pain, in this instance, is not only the author s, but also the reader s, as he has to plough through debris of descriptions with the machete of can we please move on.The plot and characters begin inoffensively enough so inoffensively, in fact, that I may have trouble, having finished the book, describing just who was who and what was what There are a couple of bland women love interests, one of them less bland and immediately discarded and onebland and therefore kept The protagonist is a man of no apparent emotional processes besides, occasionally, wonder or stupour His falling in love with his preserved love interest is a complete mystery to the reader we see none of it happening, even in terms of romantic cliches such as, well, lightning struck me, and I was smitten for life Events are loosely connected to each other, and, if the reader is sufficiently accommodating, all sorts of things can be tolerated For example, the existence and likelihood of millions of dollars in army financing going to a project of, pardon me, self hypnosis The probability that an absolutely un second glance worthy twenty something with no personality would be the most suitable person to travel through time, and the infuriating moment that comes when you realise that his then girlfriend is, in fact, much better at this whole thing than he is, but, by virtue of being only the protagonist s girlfriend, is not recruited to the program by the starved for candidates leadership.The writing, itself, pained me from the start The writer s one virtue meticulous research rapidly turned into a vice, as, like with every pedantic and geeky person who has read too many books, he can not help but let the readers see just how much meticulous research he had done On Every Single Page There really is a point at which we, as the readers, do not need to hear about the draperies and curlicues in a carriage in the middle of a climactic scene, and there are only so many pages of descriptions of streets, people, and houses that one can take.It is towards the end that my hackles started rising Especially once the hero and his girlfriend finally what took them so long to think about it I was screaming at them to just time travel out of there for about seventy pages got to the present The horrible horrible present, filled with air conditioners and other trivial luxurious minutiae, but apparently devoid of a single good thing to be said for it on the significant and global grand scale Instead we are treated to the inevitable scene of What A World war from a resident of the 19th century, which had known a good number of horrible and shattering wars, including the incredibly traumatic American Civil War just twenty years previous, a whole slew of independence wars in the Spring of Nations, not to mention the entire barrage of the Napoleonic Wars which just like the World Wars reshaped the political and military world map and engulfed all of Europe just at the beginning of the century.And all the author could come up with in terms of what good happened between 1882 and 1970 is. air conditioners.Okay, Mr Finney, let me give you a hand here and count a few of the mild improvements we ve managed to install since that period Most of the monarchies of the time are democracies now A good chunk of the peoples who at the time were colonial subjects have actual countries now When people go to a hospital, they actually stand a good chance of coming out of it alive due to antibiotics, anesthesia, and anti sepsis practices which at the time were virtually unknown The Human rights movement The Geneva Convention Abolition of child labour, mandating of minimal wages and working conditions, the eight hour workday The cleaning up of police practices and brutality That thing that sent you guys to the future in the first place It would have a lot less chance of actually happening now.These are just a few off the cuff things Plus, we went to the moon, and if for the author it somehow seems paltry and bleak, well, that s hardly our fault.To top it all off, the author s basic premise in the end seems to be that, if our time is broken, the best way to deal with that is to abscond into the past, where none of these events happened yet, and then pretend that they never will How the protagonist would ever manage to live with himself, fleeing the world knowing that, only thirty years in his future, is that dreaded World War Eye they knew Roman numerals and used themfrequently than we did, by the way he avoided thinking or talking about The year is 1882 In 1914 he and his wife will be in their fifties and, hey presto, here is modernity, come to claim you again.The author s message that the world of our time is not worth living in is acceptable, but instead of attempting to say something like, it needs to be fixed, or changed, or improved, maybe even brought back to past values and vigour, he says it needs to be dropped, abandoned We ve ruined our world with pollution let s flee to the 1880s, where pollution did not exist barring, of course, all that coal they burned that turned the air into smog over half the world And what if time travel is not available No answer And this,than anything, is my issue We cannot run away from an imperfect world to a romanticized heavily, I should say Luddite utopia of the past If only because we can t Finney concludes his story by extolling the virtue of running, and I cannot condone that


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