Saturday, January 17, 2009


REPLAY by Ken Grimwood is a fascinating look at someone who has the chance to live his life over again, and over again. Each time he faces the question of what he will do differently, knowing the mistakes he's made before. This isn't a "Groundhog Day", as it raises serious questions of what really is important, and why we even bother, since we die anyway in the end. In each of his lives, the protagonist Jeff Winston makes different choices based on what he's learned before, striving to finally get it right. We never know what really is right anyway.
This book, winner of the 1988 World Fantasy Award for best novel, moves the reader quickly along with the plot, all the while provoking substantial reflection. I will remember it for a long time.

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