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 is at times an emotional ride of personal reflection while still maintaining a level of intrigue and curiosity that awaits the protagonist. While only science fiction on a basic level (time traveling), there is a incredible amount of speculation about human motivations, given the frame of reference for the characters. This speculation is what truly makes REPLAY a gem.
There is something for everyone in this book. REPLAY is one of those rare books that captures the imagination, the mind, and the spirit of humanity.
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. … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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 … more
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Product Description 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?"
About the Author 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.