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  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz; New Ed edition (9 Aug. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575073608
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575073609
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 177,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the most important, and most moving, timeslip texts yet composed' THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF FANTASY.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By S. Johnson on 6 Oct. 2008
Format: Paperback
I just finished what has been one of the best novels I have read in a long time (no pun intended)since reading HG Wells' 'The Time Machine'. This has to be Jack Finney's best though I've started the sequel novel 'From Time To Time' which also looks very awesome which carries on the time travel adventures of Si Morley. I have to admit, I took ages to finish 'Time And Again' maybe because I just didn't want it to end, a quality you do not often find in a book. Every page of every chapter is gripping stuff which really does take the reader on a journey with the characters and invokes a very vivid picture in the reader's mind's eye, what also helps is that this novel is illustrated with black and white sketches and photos which help create this atmosphere. Jack Finney has been extremely descriptive in some of the long chapters but this has been invaluable to the reader's imagination. Overall, the book has a great plot, my only slight problem was with the time travel science; there is no real explaination on HOW Si Morley time traveled apart from the odd mention of hypnotism - based time travel theory a bit similair to the film 'Somewhere In Time' starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve based on the book 'Bid Time Return' by Richard Matheson. I have to say, I think this novel along with its sequel probably surpasses Wells' 'The Time Machine'. 'Time and Again' would make a wonderful film! So, if you are into time travel or even just a good read then treat yourself to this book, it is truely brilliant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Bretherton VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2010
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I am left a bit confused at the end of this book. I thought it started off really well, I loved the idea of Si Morley willing himself to travel across time to the Dakota Building in New York in the late 1880s. Maybe if you are American, you will enjoy this book a lot more, knowing New York and all the buildings mentioned.

I did enjoy the story, and couldn't figure out what was going to happen, or how it was going to end, but I found the last two thirds of the book quite heavy going, in particular I found the section which deals with the fire, very long. The time when Si and Julia are trapped in the office went particularly slowly, I found.

There were an awful lot of names to remember, and I just couldn't be bothered to keep working out who was who. I did like the section which takes place in the boarding house, and the sleigh ride sequence.

This could have been made into a marvellous film, and I'm surprised that nobody has ever attempted it.

It's different, and you will get absorbed by this book, it will make you think about time, and how the world has changed .....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By John Hopper TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Mar. 2010
Format: Paperback
A good read and for the most part a rather charming tale of time travel, though there are some unlikely plot developments. The book is perhaps a bit too long, with a lot of description and rambling rather in places. Some of it would mean more to me if I had ever been to New York or in any case knew it better; the sheer wealth of detail suggests that the author was determined to get down on paper all the results of his undoubtedly thorough research into the social history of the late 19th century city. The plot resolution also seemed to me to rely on a somewhat rosy view of the supposed innocence and incorruptibility of the 19th century versus the horrors of the 20th. The pictures are a nice touch.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Dec. 2002
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Si Morely is a late twentieth-century artist who spends his days in the comfortable but non-creative pursuit of drawing boring illustrations, and his nights in an equally comfortable but not-so-great relationship with an interesting (but definitely not hot) antiques dealer. It's the type of relationship where you might get married someday, but then again, you might not. Si's girlfriend, however, is a lady with a secret: a burned, blue envelope that appears to warn of the the end of the world by fire.
The government interrupts Si's comfortable but mundane life when they make a proposal. The only problem is, Si has to agree before he can learn any of the details. As nothing particularly spectacular is happening in Si's life right now, he agrees and learns the government has been experimenting with time travel. They are now searching for the perfect people to send back in time, i.e., people who love history, who can recreate the past in their imaginations.
As it turns out, Si has a very good imagination and is the first to make the trip. He crosses time's threshold and enters New York in 1882, a place where he will encounter an old mystery and a future love.
Finney's Old New York is both magical and romanticized, a little like Mark Helprin's in Winter's Tale. Horses trot down the city streets, skyscrapers are only a dream and snow transforms the city into a winter wonderland. The streets are cobblestone, the men are gentlemen and people live in boarding houses whose windows reflect the light from the gas lamps lining the streets. It's an idealized version of New York, to be sure, and Finney doesn't tell us about the child labor, the rampant racism, the myriad of problems that were portrayed in Caleb Carr's The Alienist, for example.
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