Time and Again by Jack Finney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Blurb (from Goodreads): Transported from the mid-twentieth century to New York City in the year 1882, Si Morley walks the fashionable "Ladies' Mile" of Broadway, is enchanted by the jingling sleigh bells in Central Park, and solves a 20th-century mystery by discovering its 19th-century roots. Falling in love with a beautiful young woman, he ultimately finds himself forced to choose between his lives in the present and the past.
A story that will remain in the listener's memory, "Time and Again" is a remarkable blending of the troubled present and a nostalgic past, made vivid and extraordinarily moving by the images of a time that was...and perhaps still is.
I didn't quite like the writing style of this book but the storyline was alright. I always pictured time travel to include a time machine but the method employed in this book seemed feasible enough.
In reference to the plot, I found the timing and wording of the letter quite confusing. Was it just me? I didn't quite understand how it played into the story, given how the events turned out. What I did like was visualising New York in the 1880s through Si's travel through time. Taking a step back in time is one thing. But imagine someone from that era travelling into the present time - would they like the advancements made or would they abhor the changes?
Si is a likeable and easily relatable character. That being said, I found his relationship morales questionable. While I liked Julia, I also liked Kate, who was such an integral part of the story. So I did feel sorry for her as Si fell for Julia.
There is a twist at the end of the story that I did not see coming, an attempt by Si to do the right thing.
**I read this book as part of the Sword and Laser December 2015 bookclub.
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