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Time and Again Paperback – May 1, 2012
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About the Author
Born in 1911 the American author Jack Finney wrote numerous SF novels, thrillers and mysteries, several of which were adapted to film. He is best known as the author of THE BODY SNATCHERS, which became the hugely popular and influential film, THE INVASION OF THE BODYSNATCHERS. He was awarded the WORLD FANTASY AWARD for Lifetime Achievement in 1987. A long time resident of Californa he died in 1995.
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As with any good tale, there are conflicts. The huge conflict at the center of this book is the effect on changes in the past. How will they affect the present? Can there be changes in the past that will make significant changes in the present? Are all changes in the past significant to the present? How can we tell?
Then there is an ethical conflict. Will military forces take charge of the project? How about business interests? Or will this project only be used for good (whatever that is)?
There is a romantic interest. Julia, Simons’ love interest in the past, seems to be in an abusive relationship. Can Simon rescue her? How will that affect the present? Possibly due to Julia, Simon develops a love for the past and thinks about staying there. Can that be done?
All of these complex parts make for a very entertaining story, but they are not the best part of the book. The description in very detailed minutia of daily life in New York around 1880 will appeal to lovers of New York and historians interested more in social customs. Details of how to wash and attach a collar (for men) and the various layers of clothing necessary for modesty (women) are interesting. The details of building construction, the operation of firefighting teams, the history of 1880s disasters, and the familiar names of the startup ventures of some of today’s familiar businesses will keep the reader going from page to page without regard to time (pun intended).
And there are illustrations, giving the reader the sense of reality that being there is possible, at least for Simon.
Th upside of the book is the vivid descriptions of the world and environs of 1882 New York, giving this reader recollections of J R R Toilkien's works. Also the views contractions and consequences of a government's actions are as timely now as it was then.
The downside comes from the main character's hypocrisy on those same views on actions and their outcomes. Somewhere around the middle of the book this reader began thing of the main character, at best a well meaning idiot, at worst a villain on par with the story's antagonist. His utter disregard for the characters around him, both physical and mental well being left this reader with moments of anger and exasperation.
Hesitant three stars, higher score only because of social commentary.
I would recommend for those who love history and New York City!
Not does this book address his love of stories on time travel, but my S/O was pleased to learn that our low-price purchase contributes to the great work performed by Goodwill Industries. Need I say more?
Am very happy with the purchase, and the book's condition was exactly as described. Although we bought the copy offered by Goodwill, I plan to check for other used items offered by Goodwill online.
I love all books, but also enjoy recycling books loved and read by others. That said this one may be a keeper :) Time and Again