Time and Again

by Jack Finney | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0684801051 Global Overview for this book
Registered by 2of3Rs of Hillsboro, Oregon USA on 11/19/2007
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4 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by 2of3Rs from Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Monday, November 19, 2007
One of my all time favorite books. I read it first when I was in high school and was captivated by the idea of time travel and especially how it was done. magical. I've read it several (maybe many) times since. There are two copies of this book and even for me, that's too many. It's time to put it into the Bookcrossing world.

Journal Entry 2 by 2of3Rs from Hillsboro, Oregon USA on Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Being sent to katekintail as an RABCK. enjoy!

Journal Entry 3 by KateKintail from Burke, Virginia USA on Friday, January 04, 2008
Thank you sooooooooooooooooo much. Several other people have recommended this book to me, since they know how much I love time travel stories. Having it in my hands now makes me want to quit my job so I can stay home all day and read to my heart's content. *sigh* But I do look forward to getting to this one. *puts near the very top of her reading queue* Thank you for making my day!

Journal Entry 4 by KateKintail at Burke, Virginia USA on Saturday, July 09, 2016
I've had this book on my shelf since 2008 and finally managed to read it. I'm a sucker for time travel, and it's been recommended to me many times. But I didn't love it the way I thought I would. I like it just fine, don't get me wrong. But the time travel component seemed too easy (self-hypnosis). I guess I'm used to more of a dramatic concept or more of a dramatic reason. I did like the idea of going back in time for something other than personal ambition or a big reason like killing Hitler. Granted, they thought the situation was a lot more serious than it turned out to be. It wasn't quite "the destruction by fire of the entire World" that they thought it would be. That was nice. History sometimes looks a heck of a lot different when you're in it compared to when you're looking back at it. Details get lost over time. The humanity and people involved become less real.

This book did an excellent job of making me feel like I was travelling back to New York in 1882. I loved the illustrations of the buildings and characters, which seemed realistic (capturing the moments in that way). All the details like the Statue of Liberty's arm made it feel so real. I also liked that Si took someone back in time with him during one visit and brought someone forward in time from the past as well. Seeing the world through their eyes was really interesting. I definitely liked that portion of it--Si setting up a life for himself in the past, meeting various people. The plot/drama wasn't as interesting to me. I never felt all that worried, as I knew he could return to the present whenever he wanted. Or maybe because Pickering never seemed like that big of a rival/baddie to me.

I'm glad I finally read this book. It was a good read, I just didn't fall in love with it the way I'd expected to.

Journal Entry 5 by KateKintail at Silver Spring, Maryland USA on Sunday, August 14, 2016

Released 4 yrs ago (8/14/2016 UTC) at Silver Spring, Maryland USA


Taking this to a BCinDC meetup.

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Journal Entry 6 by wingmelydiawing at Centreville, Virginia USA on Sunday, August 14, 2016
This was leftover at the end of today's BCinDC meetup at Panera in Silver Spring, Maryland. I read another copy of it a few years back and this is what I had to say then:

Though the story is about time travel, this is not what one would commonly consider a science fiction novel. Simon Morley, a bored illustrator living in 1960s New York, joins a top secret government program that sends him back to 1882. Rather than your standard time travel machine, temporal distances are covered through self-hypnosis and a bunch of hand-waving involving vague references to Einstein. But never mind all that. Since the narrator is from modern times, his descriptions of New York of over a century ago emphasize the sorts of things historical fiction would not: the little differences in everyday life, the future locations of certain buildings, that kind of stuff. In terms of nostalgia, it's simply wonderful, and I thoroughly enjoyed learning about life in the late 19th century. Unfortunately, at the end it becomes tiresomely preachy, obsessing over the "good old days" that, as any historian knows, never really existed. The loose ends are also a little too neatly tied up, but by and large the book is a fun look at how people really lived back in the day.

I hope to continue this book's journey soon.

Journal Entry 7 by florafloraflora at Portland, Maine USA on Friday, September 09, 2016
Going to a book party!

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