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“What changes would you make if you could go back a relive your life again and again, with all your memories and knowledge intact? That’s the intriguing premise of this interesting book. And by the way, this is not a lighthearted ‘Groundhog Day” type story.”see full review » see other reviews »
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“so-so. clever idea, but a bit tedious.”see full review » see other reviews »
“An unexpected ending!”Abz wrote this review Sunday, July 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I really enjoyed this book from start to finish. Obviously, given its subject matter, there were parallels to the movie "Groundhog Day" and Stephen King's "11/23/63". But this book was published prior to the release of either of these, leading me to believe it may have been a source material.
In any case, a fun, imaginative book that entertained me from beginning to end.
“picked up at PT library sale”Linda wrote this review Friday, September 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“What would you do if you could live your life again? And what if you had knowledge of what was to come? Would you try to save the world – to prevent tragedies from happening? Would you use that knowledge to become rich? Famous? Would you use it for good or for self-gain? Would your lifestyle be similar to your old one – or hedonistic, or charitable?
Although I’m perfectly happy with my life, there have been times when I wondered what might have happened if I’d made different choices – worked harder at school, married my first ‘love’, taken a different job... I think at some time or another we’ve all had the fantasy of revisiting the past.
For Jeff Winston, this fantasy becomes reality when he suffers a heart-attack in 1988… and wakes up as a college freshman in 1963. At first he’s completely bewildered, but soon he comes to realise that this situation could work to his advantage. After all, a well-timed bet might change his fortunes – and he is onto a winner, being able to back a dead cert.
But will he be happy with his new-found life? And what will happen when he dies once more – and wakes up in 1963 again?
I mentioned on the Book Club Forum that I don’t “do” fantasy and was challenged to read this by another member. I needn’t have worried though – it was great. It’s such a good story. Despite the fantasy element of the book, Jeff is a totally believable character. Although he changes the course of his history, he doesn’t become egotistical and try to change his life into something extraordinary or to make himself into a hero. I guessed a few things in the book but that didn’t detract from it at all.
If I have one, tiny, criticism of the book it’s that some of the secondary characters, even some of those with whom Jeff becomes very involved, maybe lack a little depth, but that’s only a minor criticism. I hardly like to admit this, but this is definitely one of my favourite reads of this year. Thanks for the recommendation, Steve. :)
According to Wikipedia, Ken Grimwood was working on a sequel to Replay when he suffered an untimely heart-attack at the age of just 59 and died. Or maybe he just went back to being 18 again…?!
“Great story”Donna M wrote this review Saturday, February 16, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Here's a good lesson. If you hear about a book on NPR, be prepared to wait for it at the Austin public library. I think I requested a hold on this bad boy sometime during the Bush presidency. Nice, easy read. A good book for vacation. A guy repeats part of his life over and over. Sort of like Groundhog Day but it lasts longer than a day, and there's no Chris Elliott character. ”Dana Kraft wrote this review Monday, January 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“ A classic what-if novel about a guy that repeats his past over and over, but is able to make unique decisions to alter each return visit to his original past time line.”teresa v wrote this review Tuesday, December 11, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I can count on two hands maybe, the number of books I’ve read twice, and on one hand the number I’ve read three times. This one is a three times book. I’ve recently started purging my house of all the books that have lain around on bookshelves or in boxes for over 40 years, giving them away to the library because, I’m getting old and it’s time to purge and secondly, the vast majority of my books are and will be read-once books. But when I came upon this book in the stacks, it evoked an immediate warm and fuzzy memory of how much I liked it. I even bought it again in electronic format, thinking I’ll probably read it a fourth time a few years from now. It’s for me, almost the perfect time travel book, time travel being one of my all-time favorite fiction subjects. What would you do if you could start your life over again, and retain the memory of what happened in your previous life? What a story. I love this book. In the novel, the main character Jeff Winston, in one of his lives, writes a book about “people returning to the places where they grew up”, this being one of the themes in “Replay”. I’ve always wanted to do that, and reading this book has reinforced that longing to return before it’s too late.
But the best learned lesson from this book is, as Ken Grimwood says about the lives of Jeff Winston and Pamela, don’t squander the priceless time that has been granted to you. The only real important thing is your love for each other.
“What a fantastic book! I can't believe, I had never heard of it. It even brought tears to my eyes a few times. READ THIS BOOK!”Dennis T wrote this review Friday, October 5, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Remember Groundhog Day (the movie)? This is what the book reminded me of, at least the main premise of the story anyway less the funny bits. Unlike Groundhog Day, Jeff Winston had to relive more than one day at a time - he had to relive a big chunk of his live over and over again.
I think this concept of re-living one’s life is a very appealing one for everyone. Who wouldn’t want to relive one’s live with own particular knowledge of what not to repeat – who wouldn’t want to avoid / erase all those stupidities one commits in one’s younger careless days…? What would you do if you had this chance?
A great entertaining read of how things could’ve been and what they should be. There were many twists & turns and quite a few were unexpected. Just one wrong turn and life can turn topsy-turvy. It’s amazing just how many different threads life can wove with one step / choice. I really became invested in Jeff and his wellbeing; his search for the meaning of life and what it means to be given this second chance.