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Bid Time Return Hardcover – June 1, 1995
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If you ever get the chance to visit this location, do it! It is really something to walk the halls and gaze at what was described in the book. It really helps you identify and sense the depth of the story. There's even a gift shop there, in the lower level of the hotel called, Est. 1888. I found that they have copies of Bid Time Return and also a very interesting book too about the filming of the movie, Somewhere in Time Story.
For someone who loves the movie and wants to visit the real thing, the Hotel Del Coronado and the Est. 1888 are both an excellent place to find more of the experience of this timeless story of love.
This is a very good fantasy novel by Richard Matheson. A young man named Richard Collier is suffering from a brain tumor. He decides that he is going to go travelling and flips a penny to decide north or south. The ends up going to San Diego and stays at a historical hotel. While there, he finds a picture of a late 19th century actress named Elisa McKenna and is stunned by her beauty. Becoming obsessed with her, and falling in love with her, he researches her life and becomes convinced that he has known her before, thanks to a remarkable series of coincidences. He also deduces that this is the woman that he saw when one of his plays was being delivered, who was eyeing him from he audience and then went home and died.
Studying books on time, notably J. B. Priestly's Man and Time, he wills himself back to November, 1896 when Elisa McKenna was at the hotel. Once there, he wills himself into her life and becomes her lover. Her mother does not approve, but the real villain of the story is McKenna`s manager, Will Robinson, who tries to have Collier forcibly removed in one memorable scene. Tied up for the evening, and fearing that he has lost her, Collier descends into depression when it turns out that she has stayed overnight while the company has moved on. There starts the most moving part of this book. They make love after hours of talking and upon waking in the middle of the night, Collier decides to burn his notes of the period. He steps outside and Robinson confronts him with ideas of murder. Collier pushes him and retreats back into the bedroom. There, he discovers a lump in his 1896 suit and discovers it to be a 1971 penny. The shock is immediate and the process irreversible: he flips back into into 1971. He declines quickly and dies.Read more ›
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I usually don't say this, but in the case of Bid Time Return the book may be better than the movie (Somewhere In Time).Published 7 months ago by Dustin Allen
Purchased this book as a Christmas gift for my mom because she adored the Somewhere in Time film and soundtrack. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Elaine C. Baldwin
Loved it. Much, much better than the movie which was beautiful. You won't regret getting this book because you will end up rereading it many times.Published 14 months ago by Linda Porter
bought for a friend. it was shipped in great condition. it doesn't even look read. i'm sure my friend will enjoy it.Published 17 months ago by John W. Allmon
Matheson is one of my favorite authors. I have the DVD "Somewhere in Time", which is based on this story by Matheson. Read morePublished 19 months ago by J. Tamez