|Plot Summary of Time and Again|
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.
This synopsis report 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.
This synopsis report 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.
This synopsis report prepared by Kathleen
|Chapter Analysis of Time and Again|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
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
- largely backwards/past
- general romance
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Time Travel story?
Story largely takes place in
- Middle Ages-1899
- 20th century
- 19th century
Takes place on Earth?
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
How much dialogue?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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