Time and Again

Jack Finney
Time and Again Cover

Time and Again


This is a beautiful, lyrical story. It unfolds slowly, with side trips, and patience is required. The descriptions are vivid and the prose is to be savored. But... I had to take off 1/2 star, because there is a point at which chronic naïveté becomes willful stupidity, and unfortunately I think the main character hits that point well before the end, which pushed my suspension of disbelief beyond the breaking point and marred my enjoyment somewhat - something which commonly occurs with me and YA books. Nevertheless, this is a book well worth reading.

The second book club selection of the year, this book was a pleasant surprise. It is a very readable take on time travel. It is prosy and full of adventure, a little like a Jules Verne story. It is also a romance and something of a mystery. It takes place in the present, 1970, and 1882 New York City. I found the copious descriptions of the past very interesting, despite taking up almost the whole first half of the book. It didn't win any awards, but I thought that this was well-written and easily accessible.

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