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I've just finished Time and Again by author Jack Finney, truly one of the greatest books I ever read. I usually read just before I go to sleep for about half an hour or so, but whilst reading Time and Again, actually putting the book down to go to sleep was such a disappointment!
Time and Again is a time travel story, but with an interesting twist. It all begins when Si Morley, a advertising illustrator is asked to take part in a top secret military experiment. Leaving his job, Morley takes them up on the offer. He dispenses with his life in the 20th century and through immersing himself in the culture of life in New York, and with some gentle hypnosis, travels back through time to the winter of 1882.
The first time Morley travels back in time, slowly awaking in his room to the sound of winter time, New York city in the 19th century was so well written and atmospheric it made me want to read on.
Si Morley's travels back to the winter of 1882 take an unexpected twist as he becomes embroiled in a case of serious blackmail between two warring men, and falls in love with one of their soon-to-be wives.
The descriptions of New York are amazing, Finney cleverly puts his characters into real places and makes links with how the buildings and environment would look today. It's almost as though the city of New York is a character in the novel itself. The fact that the highest point in the New York of 1882 is a church spire is quite amazing, and shows how much the city has changed in the hundred or so years hence.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It has everything - action, romance and a bit of time travel as well. A great read and a great find if you can get it. Try Ebay!