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Time and Again
Time and Again
Author: Jack Finney
"Sleep. And when you awake everything you know of the twentieth century will be gone from your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There are no such things as automobiles, no planes, computers, television. 'Nuclear' appears in no dictionary. You have never heard the name Richard Nixon." — Did illustrator Si Morley really step out...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780684801056
ISBN-10: 0684801051
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 400
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 153 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Patouie avatar reviewed Time and Again on + 131 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 9
A different twist on time travel, with a historic slant. A number of us in our family read this, and we enjoyed discussing it at the dinner table. Science is not the strong point here, but Finney has fun with time travel issues.
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Helpful Score: 9
Time and Again is one of my favorite books I've ever read. Not only is the story one that will keep any reader engaged, it is set against the backdrop of New York City at the turn of the century. With amazing historical accuracy, Jack Finney describes not only everyday life during this period, but also historical events from the point of view of a citizen at that time.

This book is a must read for any New Yorker. For visitors to New York, it would be fun to read this book, then tour the Gramercy Park area of NYC, which stands not too differently from how it did during the time-frame of when Time and Again was written.
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Helpful Score: 8
I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I ordered the sequel from PBS. Finney has done a very thorough job with his research of NYC in 1882. He paints such detailed pictures with his words that it is easy to imagine yourself there along with his characters. I really see the old buildings and brick streets in my hometown in a new light after reading this book.
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Helpful Score: 6
I almost decided not to post this book, because I liked it so much! The sequel to it, "From Time to Time" is also a keeper.
lucky7 avatar reviewed Time and Again on
Helpful Score: 5
Very interesting, especially to anyone who has lived (or visited) Manhattan. Time travel experiment, with government involvement. Simon travels back to 1882 NYC and his descriptions of the people, places, events surpass any others I have ever read. Jack Finney, the author does a great job of taking the reader along for an exciting literary ride. I felt like I was right there in the midst of the action. He does the whole narrative in the first person so you don't get the thoughts of any other characters, something I would have liked. I guess, this way, it reads more like a true diary/journal. Pictures of the area, people are included with the text. I highly recommend it.
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This is one of my all-time favorites. I have read it several times and own more than one copy! I love time-travel stories, and this one is not only that, but also part mystery, part romance, and part history. (I can't wait for you to meet Julia!) There are also lots of illustrations, old photos and sketches, to help us sense that we, too, are travelling through New York City's colorful past.
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Ssleep and when you awakw everything you know of the 20th century will e gone from your mind - Tonight is January 21, 1882 - Let Jack Finney make a believer of you as he takes you on an incredible tour in words and pictures of a time long gone - great story!
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The fantasy / sci fi classic profusely illustrated!
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After reading a few duds, I thought I'd return to a book I'd read many years before and really enjoyed. Having spent my youth in an apartment at Second Avenue and 40th Street, I knew the general area described in the book. On rereading I have to deduct a star from my rating because I thought it was way too wordy with descriptions that were unnecessary and boring. I enjoy time travel stories, but there were many things that I wondered about but were not addressed. The writing is fine, but it needed an editor to pare it down a bit.
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A great book. I couldn't put it down.
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Lots of interesting history of early New York City social and political life, with intrigue, philosophy and romance sprinkled throughout.
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This is a very interesting story told conversationally throughout. It makes you believe in travel to "other" times or at least hope that it is believable. Really enjoyable read from a very good author.
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Slow to start but has a great story and perfect ending.
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Be aware, even though PBS has this ISBN number marked as a hardcover, this info is incorrect. This is a PAPERBACK edition.
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Listed by Murder Ink as one of the five best mysteries of all time.
"A most ingenious confection..." New York Times Book Review
"Mind-boggling..." San Francisco Examiner