Bid Time Return
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Bid Time Return is a stunningly romantic novel of love and passion that literally transcends time, by an author far better known for his tales of science fiction and horror. Richard Matheson's premise is captivating: What if you were a dying young man, visiting a turn-of-the-century resort hotel? And what if you fell in love with a painting of a beautiful stage actress--but she had lived and died a century before? But--what if your love was so strong that you could literally will yourself back in time to become part of her world? In the tradition of the classic romantic ghost story "Portrait of Jennie," Matheson makes his two lovers totally believable, and so the undeniably fantastic premise soon becomes completely acceptable. The author would later write another unique love story--of love after death--called What Dreams May Come, that is somewhat less bittersweet. (Bid Time Return was later filmed as Somewhere in Time, and some editions are issued under that title.) --Stanley Wiater --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
If there was a redeeming factor, it came at the end, which was touching, and maybe even explains some of the unrealistic behavior throughout the book. But I don't think two nicely written pages at the end of the book justifies two-hundred-and-seventy pages of tiresome story. It would have made a much better short story; it would have been tighter, less tedious.
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I didn't particularly like the book. I thought the movie flowed much better and told a better story. The premise was the same but I didn't like the way it was written.Published 23 months ago by Dory Sparber
Highly recommend ! The movie too called "Some where in Time" with Christopher Reeve !!!! Five star collectors movie & Book !!! Read morePublished on June 29 2013 by Renee Oswald
Time travel is possible. You too will think that after reading this book. Matheson does an excellent job of making you believe that you are indeed back in 1896. Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2004 by Larry K. French
I just love the book. It is a fantasy that will haunt you because we all know that everyone always dream of finding that special someone in time. Read morePublished on Oct. 22 2002 by Va Thao
Without rehashing what others have said, I thought "Somewhere in Time" was much more successful, one of the few times when a movie is much better than the book it was based on. Read morePublished on April 18 2002 by Gauffroi
The author wrote this novel before he wrote the screenplay for Somewhere in Time. In writing the screenplay, he was able to modify the premise of the story somewhat, making it... Read morePublished on March 16 2002
This novel is the basis for the classic film "Somewhere in Time" and that is one of the rare occations when the movie is better than the book. Read morePublished on Feb. 7 2002 by Austin C. Beeman
I could not put this book down! Very well written, all though I did not like the ending very much.Published on July 19 2001 by Allen
I did not know until after I had read the book that this was the premise for the movie Somewhere in Time. I can't wait to go get the movie. Read morePublished on March 14 2001 by Kenri A. Mugleston