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Product Details

  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner Paperback Fiction; 1st edition (February 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0684801051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0684801056
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (596 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"The great time-travel story." (Stephen King)

"Go back to a wonderful world and have a wonderful time doing it." (New York Times)

“A cult time-traveling favorite . . . This one is pure New York fun.” (Alice Hoffman, author of The Dovekeepers)

About the Author

Jack Finney was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1911 and lived in California. He wrote stories for magazines such as Collier’s, The Saturday Evening Post, and McCall’s, and is the author of ten novels, including the science fiction thriller The Body Snatchers, later published as Invasion of the Body Snatchers, which served as the basis for multiple film adaptations.

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Classic time travel story.
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Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys science fiction, especially time travel.
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This story was well told, very descriptive,and offered amazing detail.
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347 of 357 people found the following review helpful By Claude Avary on March 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
Author Jack Finney (1911-1995), among his other writing accomplishments, penned two great, influential science-fiction novels: the 1955 alien invasion story "The Body Snatchers," the source for three great movies (with "Invasion of..." usually tacked onto the front), and this 1970 subtle romance about time travel. It's a novel that many people hold close to their hearts, and like the movie "Somewhere in Time," has the magic to allure you with the wonder of traveling back to a simpler time -- 1880s New York in this case -- and exploring in depth a world so unlike your own. Finney, with meticulous detail and the support of numerous old photographs and drawings from the period (this is referred to as an "illustrated novel") recreates New York in 1882, letting us and the main character, Si Morley, marvel as we walk over the old streets, see places where one day great skyscrapers will stand, gaze on a traffic jam of hansom cabs, discover the arm of the Statue of Liberty sitting in Madison Square awaiting the rest of its body, play old parlor games in a boarding house, and look at Fifth Avenue when it was a thin street of trees and apartments. People who have lived in New York will especially adore these decriptions of the vanished city and the comparision Finney makes between the "modern" city (1970; vanished now to us as well) and the 1880s city. However, even if you've never been to New York in your life, you'll feel like you have after reading this. That's an incredible compliment to pay to a writer.
"Time and Again" won't please readers looking for quick action and thrills. It is a leisurely book that takes its time to build up the central situation: the U.S.
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138 of 144 people found the following review helpful By Dom Miliano VINE VOICE on December 16, 2003
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I am shocked by the range of reviews for what I consider one of my favorite books. It is (using a much over used word here) a masterpiece. Strong characters, intricate plot, exquisite detail all grounded in the most exciting place in the world, New York City. What's not to love? I have re-read this book several times. I also have it on tape and play it to get through long car trips - it's an old, reliable, much loved friend. I am fascinated by time travel and I love New York so that probably explains the appeal of this book. I also grew up as a reader (as opposed to a real TV junkie) and I love getting lost in very detailed prose and intricate word pictures - the kind Finney employs here to hook the reader. I can visualize one scene in my mind now - Sy Morley in his rooms in the Dakota, snow falling, the city silent, bathed in white. Is he in the 19th or 20th century? Was the experiment a success or a dismal failure? You have to read on (and will want to read on) to see.
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83 of 88 people found the following review helpful By Gary M. Greenbaum on July 28, 2002
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Simon Morley, an illustrator, is enlisted by a secret govenment project to hypnotize himself into 1880s New York. He is successful, and goes back to investigate a mystery. As we are overwhelmed with details of 1880s New York, we can almost believe that this time travel is possible. Morely finds himself in love with his landlady's daughter in the past, and must deal with threats both in the past and in the present.
This is Finney's finest, a gentle novel which nevertheless prompts us to give serious thought to the morality of the decisions we make. Morley's decision to treat the people in the past as more than images long dead in the present leads inevitably to his decision to question the rightness of the project he is engaged in, and to act on that decision.
A fine, fine book that I wish Finney hadn't spoiled with a sequel. When will they make that movie out of it that they keep talking about?
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Bessner on July 19, 2005
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I have loved Jack Finney's Time and Again for decades now, and recently purchased a new copy from Amazon to replace one that I know I have, but can't find at the moment. The story of how Simon Morley is drawn into "The Project" and ultimately discovers what life is like in the New York City of 1882 is compelling and fascinating. Because the book is illustrated with many actual photos from that era, one gets a real sense of the time period. This is made all the stronger by Mr. Finney's careful research; he checked weather patterns, times of day for major events, etc. The romantic side of the tale is also interesting, so the reader gets a fabulous combination of fantasy, reality, romance, history and a nice group of illustrations, all in one package.

All told, this novel is one to read and re-read. There is one photo in it that I like so much; as a result a copy of it now sits on my desk at work. I won't give away which photo it is, but it shows a New York landmark in a location vastly different from where we are used to seeing it.

Please note that shortly before his death, Jack Finney re-visited this idea and the main character, writing a sequal called From Time to Time. This book is also entertaining to read, though set in the New York City of somewhat later in time, specifically 1912.

I wish Mr. Finney were still alive, so that I could congratulate him in person for having given us such an enjoyable book as Time and Again.
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