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Replay by Ken Grimwood

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Couldn't Put it Down! - Warning Some Spoiler Contained Here

  • Mar 5, 2009
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The plot is so intriguing. Jeff Winston dies and then goes back in time to relive his last 25 years but with all his memories intact. Winston does all the things I would do if I were him. That is; bet on sporting events, which I already know the outcome and play the stock market for stocks, that I already know made a fortune. With his overall confidence he easily woos the women. However, the same confidence and inflated ego proves to be a turnoff to the woman who was originally his wife. Everything Winston does, cannot prevent him from dieing again from the same heart attack on the same day and then being reborn again. He then has another chance to make new choices in the same lifetime.

The idea for this book seems to have been copied by the movie Ground Hog day, but that was a more comical version and certainly did not cover the depth of the human soul that this book has. In Winston's first go-around he fathers a daughter whom he adores to no end. His soul is virtually ripped apart that he realizes that when he is reborn, his daughter's existence is literally wiped out.

In one of Winston's lives he decides to stick it out and go through 4 years of College again. I am sure that most people in their 40's would be terrified of having to put in the mental effort involved in going through 4 years of things they have already learned and forgotten, especially knowing that some subjects will be worthless to their life's endeavors.

Winston has to decide with each life whether or not he wishes to start over in relationships with women he already had long relationships with.

The author has done a marvelous job of having Winston do his own self-analysis. As a reader we cannot decide if Winston is blessed or cursed.

Once you get through the first 25 pages of this book it is virtually impossible to put down. I am very surprised that it is not already a movie. I highly recommend that you don't miss this one!

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March 05, 2009
This font is really jarring on the eyes and hard to read. :)
March 06, 2009
I apologize. I am new to this site and didn't realize that if you copy something over it carries the font. Most sites just put everything in one font. I will try to be more careful going forward. Did you like the content of the review?
March 06, 2009
Yes, I did. I rated it a 3, the top rating. :)
March 06, 2009
Thanks.
 
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review by . January 25, 2010
Jeff Winston, a 43 year old radio journalist of (at best) modest accomplishments going through the motions of a lack-luster marriage, dies of cardiac arrest in 1988. To his shock, he opens his eyes and returns to consciousness in 1963 in the very healthy young male body of his former 25 year old self. Without ever knowing the reason it has happened, he comes to grips with his situation and realizes that all of his adult experience, his adult wisdom and his awareness of events to come remain intact. …
review by . May 02, 2010
I first read this back in September 2006. It has always stuck with me so I chose it for a book club selection recently. I'm interested to hear what the others think about it. For me, it made me think a lot more on second reading. What would it be like to "come back" at the age of 14 knowing everything I do now? Would I do my life over again? Would I choose a different path?    That's not to say the book doesn't have a few holes if you really wanted to nitpick it. I've heard a …
review by . April 11, 2009
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REPLAY, by Ken Grimwood, is a miraculous journey through time and the human spirit. Grimwood wonderfully exposes the possible outcomes of having advanced knowledge while leading life. What happens when you live the same thirty years over, and over, and over? What makes a life worthwhile? Is it a lifetime of money, fame, or positive interactions with others? What does anything matter if at the end of the "replay" everything just gets erased, except in your memory?      REPLAY …
review by . December 03, 2008
Replay by Ken Grimwood
What a great read! I haven't read a book that made me think about consequences and opportunities so much since James Halperin's 'The Truth Machine'. In some cases where he has been with a person for one of his "lifetimes" and "replays" again only to meet that person young and unaware of the lifetime they just spent together, you can understand and feel just how creepy that would be. Ken Grimwood tells a story that entertains with a unique plot and realistic, lifelike characters, and you find yourself …
review by . October 05, 2008
Prior to having my recent bypass surgery, I bought a copy of my favorite book, Ken Grimwood's REPLAY, to re-read. [...], but I thought it would be especially interesting to re-read now in light of (a) I am now past the age of Grimwood when he wrote the book, (b) I am roughly the age of its main protagonist, Jeff Winston, and (c) I was in some small danger of dying, either through a heart attack before I ever got on the operating table or there itself.    Even though I knew the …
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Jeff Winston, forty-three, didn't know he was a replayer until he died and woke up twenty-five years younger in his college dorm room; he lived another life. And died again. And lived again and died again -- in a continuous twenty-five-year cycle -- each time starting from scratch at the age of eighteen to reclaim lost loves, remedy past mistakes, or make a fortune in the stock market. A novel of gripping adventure, romance, and fascinating speculation on the nature of time, Replay asks the question: "What if you could live your life over again?"

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KEN GRIMWOOD (1944-2003) was a radio journalist in California. He was the author of Breakthrough, Elise, The Voice Outside and Into the Deep. He won the World Fantasy Award for Replay.
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ISBN-10: 068816112X (pbk.)
ISBN-13: 9780688161125 (pbk.)
Author: Ken Grimwood
Genre: Science Fiction, Time Travel
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (July 22, 1998)
Date Published: (July 22, 1998)
Format: Paperback: 320 pages, Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.4 x 0.9 inches
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