The Man Who Folded Himself Book Summary and Study Guide

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Danny Eakins, 19 and attending college on a $400 a week stipend administered by his uncle Jim, learns that his parents left him fabulously wealthy and his stipend will be raised if he keeps a journal. Uncle Jim dies shortly after, and Danny learns he is worth only $6,000 after all. Or is he? Among his uncle's effects is a belt for time travel. Soon Danny is using it to win big at gambling on horses and investing through history, as well as to visit historic events he always wanted to see ("The guy who was supposed to pound in the gold spike slipped and fell in the mud"), but he also starts meeting different versions of himself -- older, younger, even female! This short, early novel of Gerrold's is somewhat simple but plays engagingly with the issues and paradoxes of traveling through time.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

The main character mysteriously receives a device called a 'time belt.' As he learns to use the belt, he discovers the plasticity of time. He also: falls in homosexual love with past and future versions of himself; falls in heterosexual love with an alternate female version of himself; screws up history; unscrews history; and ultimately dies. Upon his death, his other selves send the time belt back to his youngest self to begin the cycle.
The review of this Book prepared by Brian R. Hughes

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Coming of age    -   Yes Time Travel:    -   into past and future equally Romance    -   Yes Romance plotlets:    -   two lovers coping with tough mission    -   destined love (dream or prediction) Tech./$$$/Info hunt    -   Yes Stealing/recovering/destroying    -   method of transportation Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   coping with mental/magical powers Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   unemployed    -   wealthy Age:    -   a teen    -   20's-30's Really unusual traits?    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   19th century    -   18th century    -   17th century    -   general past    -   dinosaur times Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   none/very little science jargon needed Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript of kissing    -   descript of touching personal anatomy    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   actual description of sex    -   description of breasts How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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