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Replay

Replay

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Replay

by Grimwood, Ken
Jeff relives his life over and over again.

The plot of Replay is very simple: Jeff finds himself dying after a too-short but very disappointing life in 1988, and wakes up at the age of 19 in 1963. And the book simply runs with the idea. After getting the necessary confusion and disbelief out of the way, Jeff uses his knowledge of the future to make money in stocks and gambling, and lives out his life again as a rich man. But does being rich solve all life's problems? Replay closely examines how Jeff, a genuinely real and empathetic character, reacts to different major life choices. What makes the novel truly interesting is that Jeff doesn't get to live his life over just once. Every time the moment comes when he suffers a heart attack and dies in 1988, it happens again and he wakes up in college. Jeff explores wealth and how to spend it, different types of romantic relationships, different career paths, how his knowledge of the future can affect history, and eventually finds another "repeater" that he can share his experiences with. Over and over again. The plot eventually does try to deal with repeating and how it's happening, but the why of it isn't the point. It's what Jeff, an Ordinary Average Guy, does with life over and over again, and how it means more or less to him depending on what he does with it.

 
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A fatal heart attacks returns forty-three-year-old Jeff Winston to his eighteen-year-old body, in 1963, and, with his memory of the next twenty-five years intact and the freedom to change his actions, he begins to live his life over again



  • Condition: Used - Good
    HPB condition ratings
    • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
    • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
    • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
    • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
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  • Format: Paperback
  • Sold by: HPB Hamburg Pavilion
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Avon A
  • ISBN-13: 9780688161125
  • ISBN: 068816112X
  • Publication Year: 1998



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HPB condition ratings
  • New: Item is brand new, unused and unmarked, in flawless condition.
  • Fine/Like New (F): No defects, little usage. May show remainder marks. Older books may show minor flaws.
  • Very Good (VG): Shows some signs of wear and is no longer fresh. Attractive. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Good (G): Average used book with all pages present. Possible loose bindings, highlighting, cocked spine or torn dust jackets. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Fair (FR): Obviously well-worn, but no text pages missing. May be without endpapers or title page. Markings do not interfere with readability. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
  • Poor (P): All text is legible but may be soiled and have binding defects. Reading copies and binding copies fall into this category. Used textbooks do not come with supplemental materials.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: Mint condition or still sealed (SS). Absolutely perfect in every way. New.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): No defects, little sign of use, well cared for. Plays perfectly. Close to new. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. Could be an unopened promotional or cut item. Sometimes called: mint-minus.
  • Very Good (VG): Will show some signs that it was played and otherwise handled by a previous owner who took good care of it.
  • Good (G): Attractive and well cared for, but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, scuffing or scratching, but will play almost perfectly. For vinyl: barely detectable crackles or pops.
  • Fair (FR): This item is in okay condition. For vinyl: good is not so good and the record may have low level crackles or pops when playing. CD: one or more tracks may skip.
  • Poor (P): Obviously well-worn and handled. Most vinyl collectors will not buy good or below, but some tracks on CD or vinyl will play.
Conditions Guide
HPB condition ratings
  • New: This movie is unopened and brand new.
  • Fine/Like New (EX): Near new. No defects, little sign of use. Plays perfectly. Not necessarily sealed or unused, but close. No skipping; no fuzzy or snowy frames in VHS.
  • Very Good (VG): Attractive and well cared for but no longer fresh. Minor signs of wear, but will play almost perfectly. For VHS: barely detectable distortion or very few fuzzy or snowy frames.
  • Good (G): This item is in okay condition and basically works well. There may be some minor distortion on VHS tape; slight scratching or wear on DVD.
  • Fair (FR): Basically plays, but may be obviously well-worn with some scratching or tape distortion.
  • Poor (P): Disc or tape is intact, but may be scratched or stretched. There may be skips or distortion or product defects.
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