24 May 2010 ~ 0 Comments

Replay by Ken Grimwood

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 lot of discussion about the ending, but I honestly don’t think it could have ended any other way. I like the not knowing aspect of it. Why did it happen? Will it happen again? What will they do now?

I guess the book really did open up more questions that I asked myself, but also about the plot in general. This is well worth a read. I read it because someone said “If you liked Time Traveler’s Wife, you’ll like Replay.” I think I might just like Replay a bit more… but just a tiny bit.

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?”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Book count for 2010: 35

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