Time loops like in the movie ‘Groundhog Day’ and the more recent ‘Edge of Tomorrow’ are an obsession of mine. ‘Groundhog Day’ is the first thing I had ever seen that had a time loop, but my all-time favorite is a 1986 novel by Ken Grimwood called ‘Replay’.
‘Replay’ follows the life of a Jeff Winston. Jeff dies of a heart attack in 1988 and wakes up in 1963 when he was 18, with all the knowledge of the last 25 years. He quickly makes a fortune betting on major sporting events and works hard and does his best to maintain his cardiac health, but at the same time on the same day he dies from a heart attack.
He wakes up once again in his 18-year-old-self, but several hours later than the last time he experienced a replay. He discovers that he cannot prevent his death and his replays are getting shorter and shorter.
There was talk some years ago that this would be made into a movie with Ben Affleck as the lead, but the author died of a heart attack himself and there hasn’t been much interest since the mid 2000’s. It’s a shame, I think this would translate very well to the big screen.
I don’t wasn’t to give full spoilers on this book, because I believe everyone should read it. There are some deep philosophical issues that are dealt with over the course of this book. It has changed my outlook on life, and inspired me to do the things I want to do and not be complacent waiting for them to happen to me.
The book is a quick read and is well written. The characters are likeable and you really feel for their loves and losses.
If you get the chance, I recommend this as a must read.