Apparently this book won the World Fantasy Award, and now that I've read it, I can see why.
Just imagine it: dying at 43, only to re-awaken at 18, back wherever you were at that time. The only difference is that your memory of that previous life stays with you.
And so Jeff Winston does what we all would do: huge bets on events where you knew the outcome; investing in stocks and shares that multiply your finances through the roof.
And, of course, he lives a different life, but is tempted to check up on his wife from the original one.
Then again at 43 he dies - back to 18 - and so on and so on.
But you know, it's a fascinating scenario, and despite the unreal concept, it's totally believable through Ken Grimwood's clever book.
The romantic parts are engrossing too, cutting through several lifetimes.
A time-travel book of sorts, I must strongly recommend this book as a must for followers of that genre. Truth is, I was somewhat down in the mouth when the experience finished. Even more galling, the author was working on the sequel when he died in 2003.
Additionally, this book highlights the folly of gearing up your life to accumulating wealth, and to make the most of your life, incorporating more substantial matters.
Enjoy your life, especially its unpredictability, and get this book to re-inforce the sentiment.