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From Time To Time: A Novel

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Time Travel to the Titannic novel by Jack Finney

In Finney's wonderful cult classic Time and Again (1970), Manhattan adman Simon Morley joined a secret government time-travel project, transported himself back to the New York City of 1882, fell in love and decided to remain in the past. This entertaining … see full wiki

Author: Jack Finney
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Touchstone
Date Published: February 6, 1996
1 review about From Time To Time: A Novel

Why Was this Book Written?

  • May 16, 2009
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There are some sequels that you ask yourself, why were they made? This book fall into that category. Granted the original classic left a few loose ends, such as how did Simon and Julia escape the clutches of Julia's estranged fiancée? And if Simon and Julia ended up getting married? The first question is still not answered though we see the second is. Getting beyond that the book is boring and lacks the interesting characters and intriguing plot that the first book so rightly produced.

Ruben Prien is able to reverse the interference that Si produced at the end of the first book to restore the present to what it was. The Project however, ran out of funding and was shut down. Si takes a trip back to the present out of curiosity and meets up with Rube again. Rube presents him with a lame argument as to why World War I needs to be prevented. Si accepts the assignment and goes back to 1912.

While in 1912 there are several chapters where Si goes around taking photos (which the author includes in the book). This style worked brilliantly in the first book, while here it seems like it was forced. The photos add nothing to the story or in enabling the reader to get a better flavor of 1912 New York.

Si then goes about trying to locate a man that Rube only knew as "Z." Z was working on some sort of European pact but disappeared shortly thereafter. Rube felt that had Z not disappeared, the pact would have been in place thus preventing the War. Si's 1912 associates turn out to be dull (the main one is a woman that Si calls the Jotta Girl). When Si finally figures out who Z is, it turns out that Z is just as dull as the other lifeless characters in this book.

I found myself skimming over several chapters of the book. One of these chapters explains an entire play that Si attends. What bearing it had on the story, I had no clue.

Towards the end of the book Rube sends Si back on another try to stop World War I by letting Si know that his own son will be killed in the war. I would have felt it a lot easier for Si to just try to save his son directly and not try to change the course of world events. Someone as intelligent as Si, should have come up with the same conclusion.

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