Monday, May 28, 2007

Replay by Ken Grimwood

Published in 1986. 311 pages.

After I read The Time Traveler's Wife - which reminded me how fascinated I am with the time-space continuum - I googled to find some other novels about time travel. This was one of the ones I found. I'd never heard of it, but I decided to put it on my Spring Reading Thing list. I am so glad I did!

The basis of this novel is the concept of living one's life over again. The main character dies in his early forties and finds himself back in his college dorm room with his life to "replay" - a process he ends up repeating a number of times.

The impact of "replay" on the time-space continuum is a fun one to contemplate, but the significance of this book goes far beyond that. There is an spiritual exploration of the meaning of life that deeply moved me, and there's a love story too - so it's all good!



  1. Oh my god, that sounds SO GOOD. And I loved The Time Traveler's Wife. It's one of my all-time favorites.

  2. Great find! I have never heard about this book, so I am excited to put it on my list to look for!

    On Jodi Picoult, I would recommend Vanishing Acts. It's my favorite after My Sister's Keeper.

    I am excited to hear about your thoughts on FirstLight and The Red Tent...I will be back!

  3. Awesome! I also loved the Time Travelers Wife. I will have to add this book to my list. Thanks!!!!

  4. Very cool! I will have to check this out.

    I found you through the Blogroll Challenge & have subscribed to your feed--

  5. This sounds very interesting...if only I could do some replaying...

  6. Interesting concept - there are definitely a few events I'd like to go back and replay. I also loved the Time Traveler's Wife.
    I found you through Dewey's Blogroll game. :)

  7. Have you ever read "Kindred" by Octavia Butler? I'll have to check out the Time Traveler's Wife.

  8. Sounds like the movie Groundhog Day.