Time and Again Book Summary and Study Guide

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Commercial artist Simon Morley is chosen by a secret U.S. government project to travel back in time to 1882 New York City -- just to prove it can be done and to observe. He enjoys the sights of the city at that time: still much farming on Manhattan, the Dakota and Museum of Natural History standing pretty much alone, the arm of the Statue of Liberty standing by itself in Madison Square, and many other things. But he also falls in love with Julia Charbonneau, who is engaged to a brusque and brutal man named Jake Pickering. It turns out Pickering has some sort of blackmail scheme going, and Si must decide whether to meddle with events. Finney's 1970 novel is nearly a classic: sufficiently rich and accomplished to qualify as literature. He supplements the excellent story with historic photos and drawings (the latter supposedly drawn by his hero), and it's rather surprising this tale has not yet been filmed.
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The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus

Si Morley is asked to travel back to the past to uncover some family secrets and identities. He falls in love with Julia who helps him to overthrow her fiance. The antagonist is Jake Pickering who's secrets remain secret in the 20th century. Jake sets fire to a building and Si and Julia save the people in the building. Si is then forced to chose to stay in the past with Julia or return to the present to be with his girlfriend.
The review of this Book prepared by Cassy

A good mix of mystery and science fiction with a romance and time travel. The book takes you back to New York 100 years ago. This is a haunting story of a man transported back in time to fall in love with a beautiful woman of yesteryear.
The review of this Book prepared by Kathleen

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Time Travel:    -   largely backwards/past Romance    -   Yes Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Time Travel story?    -   Yes Story largely takes place in    -   Middle Ages-1899

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   artist Age:    -   20's-30's


Earth setting:    -   20th century    -   19th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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