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The Time Traveler’s Wife

Lady Eh | September 20 2009 | Bookmark and Share
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Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Published By: MacAdam/Cage
Publish Date: 2003
Book Type: Fiction
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The Time Traveler's Wife follows the story of Henery DeTamble, a librarian, and Clare Abshire, Henry's artist wife, as they learn to cope with his Chrono-Displacement disease.  Henry, who has been time-traveling since he was five, meets Clare for the first time when she is 20 and he is 28.  He has no idea who she is, but she has known him since she was 6-years-old.

What ensues is a rough and tumble love story that is at many times difficult to follow.  This isn't a book you can pick up and read for a couple of hours a week, this is a book that needs to be read almost every day due to its alternating first-person perspectives and of course the frequent time travel.

This is one of the book's only negative points, as not everyone who enjoys a good book has the time to read it everyday, or even every other day.  There's a lot to take in, as you can jump from Henry being 5 and Clare being non-existent, to Henry being 38 and Clare being 6.  You're not only following their individual lives at sporadic periods, but also their lives together as a married couple.  Because of this the book is at times difficult to follow and keeping track of what's happening in Clare and Henry's lives poses quite a challenge.

For me, The Time Traveler's Wife is more of a Romance novel than Science Fiction, though it's been classified as both, even as Romantic Science Fiction.  The focus of the novel is not Henry's time traveling. The focus is the romance that blooms between Clare and Henry because of his time traveling. 

They spend their marriage never quite being together because of Henry's disease, and spend years trying to conceive a child. Henry's time traveling is the thing that not only brings them together, but keeps them apart and prevents them from experiencing a normal life.

If you enjoy a good romance novel, and are looking for something different, pick this up.  My only warning is that you should be prepared to dedicate quite a bit of time to it.

Comments

MediumMANDAtory
I loved this book. I was lucky enough to be catching public transport the week I read it, and I think that I had the time to read it all at once really helped.

I haven't hurried out to see the movie as I've had a lot of people tell me it's not worth the watch. Can anyone tell me if they enjoyed it?
By MediumMANDAtory on 2010 01 12
I loved this book, my AP teacher actually passed it on to me and told me I had to read it and since then we have had a great number of people read it. All absolutely loving it. It borders the literary merit side of books but where the beauty of the writing lack the plot and story unfolding makes up for it. Even though you would assume a book about time travel would have a difficult chronology this book flows seamlessly.
I have not seen the movie nor did I really want to, it's one of those most reads that I'm not sure how they would transfer it to screen.
Anyway overall I think almost everyone should give this book a shot. I completely agree with the review.
By Hyperfaery on 2010 01 20

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