The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. He is a hip librarian; she is a beautiful art student. "The Time Traveler's Wife is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six. Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have.
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Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity.
Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow? Henry: How does it feel? How does it feel? Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant. Then, with a start, you realize that the book you were holding, the red plaid cotton shirt with white buttons, the favorite black jeans and the maroon socks with an almost-hole in one heel, the living room, the about-to-whistle tea kettle in the kitchen: all of these have vanished.
You are standing, naked as a jaybird, up to your ankles in ice water in a ditch along an unidentified rural route. You wait a minute to see if maybe you will just snap right back to your book, your apartment, et cetera.
After about five minutes of swearing and shivering and hoping to hell you can just disappear, you start walking in any direction, which will eventually yield a farmhouse, where you have the option of stealing or explaining. Stealing will sometimes land you in jail, but explaining is more tedious and time consuming and involves lying anyway, and also sometimes results in being hauled off to jail, so what the hell. Sometimes you feel as though you have stood up too quickly even if you are lying in bed half asleep.
You hear blood rushing in your head, feel vertiginous falling sensations. Your hands and feet are tingling and then they aren't there at all. You've mislocated yourself again. It only takes an instant, you have just enough time to try to hold on, to flail around possibly damaging yourself or valuable possessions and then you are skidding across the forest green carpeted hallway of a Motel 6 in Athens, Ohio, at a.
Tina Schulman from Philadelphia, to open this door and start screaming because there's a naked, carpet-burned man passed out at her feet. Rather than accepting that this is a science-fiction novel, she tries to write a social commentary, romance, and art and music novel all r I'm only adding this book because it annoys me that it popped up on the "most popular reads.
Rather than accepting that this is a science-fiction novel, she tries to write a social commentary, romance, and art and music novel all rolled into one. There is so much name-dropping that it's distracting—classical music, entomology, poetry, romance languages, library science, the American punk scene, constructivist painters, you get the idea—they're all continually cropping up at the most inane times.
What should give us a better understanding of the characters actually paints them as shells of people, identified only by superficialities. There is one completely pointless mention of a Moholy-Nagy poster that really annoyed me. I had five years of design school and while I know who Laszlo Moholy-Nagy is and how to correctly pronounce his name, I couldn't pick one of his paintings out of a lineup of his contemporaries, so I didn't even download that this dude who has spent half of his life in limbo was some kind of expert.
The title character's entire life and family are so difficult to relate to that I immediately hated her. Her family employ five black servants. In a Christmas scene, for which the servants are unchained from the stove and allowed into the dining room, the cook actually toasts to "Miz Abshire. How can the "Mammy" have any place here? She isn't even the only racially stereotyped character in this book.
The traveler's childhood downstairs neighbor, a grandmotherly woman he refers to as Kimmy, speaks in a broken English which could have been stolen directly from a hateful gold rush-era cartoon. The book skips back and forth between the point-of-view of the title character and the time-traveler himself, but there is absolutely no difference in their voices.
I think I actually got confused a few times about who was speaking. The chapters dealing with infertility were completely unoriginal, boring, and emotionally flat. Not only are conversations unnecessarily long, but they are often followed by page after page of internal dialogue as the characters rehash and analyze every point of said conversation. Sorry this was so long, but this might be the worst book I've ever read and I'm really confused by all the good reviews.
View all comments. Aug 01, Liz S. I recently read The Time-Traveler's Wife and was pretty disappointedthe author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise the dude actually time travels! The first hundred pages really hooked me, but after a while I started to get irritated by: All the name checking of hipster-approved bands in an attempt to establish Henry's supposed "punk" cred. He liked the Violent Femmes in That's why he's so badass?
The food porny descripti I recently read The Time-Traveler's Wife and was pretty disappointedthe author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise the dude actually time travels! The food porny descriptions of the meals they eat. Some paragraphs read like the menu of a pretentious bistro. The awful ethnic stereotypes that characterize the few non-white characters Nell, the mammy-esque family cook complete with dialect , or Charisse, the "childlike" Filipina.
The fact that everyone is successful and at least upper middle class, if not fabulously wealthy. Even Henry somehow manages to keep his job at the Newberry library for 20 years, despite his habits of disappearing for odd stretches of time, not keeping appointments, and, oh, running around naked in the stacks from time to time.
It would have been more interesting to me if his disorder kept him from having any normal kind of professional life. The lack of character development in the protagonists after they finally meet as adults. All of a sudden, they meet and they're in love.
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The author gives lip service to Henry's womanizing and drug problems, but really, they don't seem to pose much more than a passing problem for Clare because she already knows they'll get married. Clare never really seems to be bothered by her lack of independence, or the fact that she's so tethered to Henry because he had a part in making her who she is, etc. By the time I actually got to the end of the story, I was too emotionally distanced from the characters to really be moved by what happens to themthe burden of plot winds up outsripping any kind of nuanced characterization.
Bad science fiction and bad romance. Bah humbug.
Why can't there be a negative star rating? I hated, hated this book. And yes, I did finish it. All way-too-many pages of it. But, in my defense it was foolishly the only book I brought with me when I was hospitalized for 24 hours after wisdom tooth surgery, and when your options are daytime soaps or this wretched book Okay, now that I've gotten a bit of a rant out, let me be a little more organized abo Why can't there be a negative star rating?
Okay, now that I've gotten a bit of a rant out, let me be a little more organized about my dislikes: The sex. More accurately, the sex after sex after sex, in graphic detail not pornographic detail, granted, but WAY more than I wanted to picture , at all sorts of different ages.
Yeah, I just hated that. If it serves a purpose to the plot, fine, include it, but don't give me every single move. I just don't need to know that.
The plot was convoluted. I can say this fairly because I read it in practically one sitting, and while I was able to keep things straight, it would have served the book better to not attempt to take in so many sub-plots and minutia. Okay, I will admit that for having a sci-fi premise, the concept of time travel as outlined here was at least moderately believable. What I didn't like was that it wasn't especially original anyone seen Journeyman? The whole crux of the novel was the great love story between Henry and Claire.
Yet, as a reader I'm much more interested and moved by two NICE people ending up together, and staying together, than two people I just don't like that much. Let's face it, Henry is not a great guy. And there's that whole poor-rich-girl thing going on with Claire.
I just wasn't feeling it. Okay, all of that said, I really don't recommend this book to anyone. I realize there are a lot of people that like it I know; I checked the reviews expecting to be completely vindicated, but alas, it seems I'm in the minority but those people who like it apparently enjoy a different class of book than I do.
There are so many great works out there, why waste your time with this? View all 55 comments. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. Spoilery review. Short version: Hurry up and read this. Holy crap. Someone should have warned me about reading this book at work. I have been sitting here bawling my eyes out, tears streaming madly down my cheeks, flooding my eyes until the words swim into fields of glistening black lines.
This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can't even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable wi Warning: This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can't even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable with.
Really, though, even objectively I have little to offer in the way of criticism. What was probably a nightmare of a book to write was woven together seamlessly, so beautifully constructed it seems more like a living, organic thing than an idea born inside someone's head. I liked the foreshadowing, I liked the intricacy, I liked that we never really know what Alba chooses in the future, whether she embraces the time travel or tries to stop it.
I loved the poignant pain that begins to trickle across the pages as the pieces begin falling into place. I am curious to see how Clare and Alba's relationship developed once Henry was gone, but I was happy it was not in the story. That there are plenty of things for my imagination to fill in makes me happy. I also really liked the approach the author took to the paradox of time travel.
It seemed the most plausible, unarguable position I've ever heard and I have taken a class on it , though I have not allowed myself to think about it too hard as I have no wish, at least within the context of this book, to unravel how much sense it makes. What really hit me in the gut seriously, I did not even cry this hard when I read " Where the Red Fern Grows " for the first time, and I got red-faced, puffy-eyed and ugly over that one , was the horrible feeling that I could see myself as Clare and know exactly how she felt about Henry, and could fill the unwritten pages of her future with grief that I would know and understand.
I cannot imagine losing my husband. I cannot imagine ever having to face a day knowing that he was not there, and never would be again.
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No matter how much I would want to think that for his sake I would be strong, go on, live out my life with joy and accomplishment as he would have wanted, the truth is I would probably wind up just like Henry's father, a wasted, squandered creature who does not know how to exist alone without the sound of his laughter, the warmth of his arms around my body, the feel of his head resting against my chest, the drowsy murmur of "I love you" against my ear as we drift off to sleep, the domestic intimacy and companionship that accompanies the hiss of bacon frying in the skillet as he and I stand side by side fixing breakfast on Sunday mornings.
I do not know who I would be without those things, but I would be someone unrecognizable from who I am now. Everything it needs to be good is right here in the book, and because of the manner of Henry's death, it even lacks the melodramatic twist that most dramas rely on, such as a car accident, an act of God, or something else outside of the character's control.
No, there is culpability here, and that is an incredibly powerful thing. While it was not the purpose of this book to examine how Claire dealt with her father and brother after Henry 's death, or how they dealt with themselves, it would have been so interesting to see.
There's too much to like about this book, and something so real and raw and powerful about the sadness and grief it portrays. View all 42 comments. Let me start this by saying I was very excited to read this book. I thought it was going to be good. It is not in any way good.
It could have been good, the idea could have soared but in Niffenegger's hands it was destroyed by laundry lists of grocery bag contents, street directions, and punk bands until I even said, out loud, more than once, "okay, I get it. Seriously, this stuff does not pass for good writing in any circles. The tedious minutae of life is boring and makes the author look like she is trying to pad her story for more bulk. The worst part of this book was that the whole thing was based on contrived plot devices.
The whole time I was reading I was wondering why the author chose to have him time travel naked. To me it seemed like if it weren't for his constant pursuit of clothes there may be some real chance at something actually happening in the story. Then at the end of the book I realized that the whole naked thing was a tool to achieve the amputations at the end. Where was this woman's editor?
How do things like this get published, this story was nowhere near polished and pared down enough to make it to publication. Also, the gory miscarriage scenes, yuck! There was no introspect into the character's hearts and minds. How does Henry feel about knowing when he is going to die?
How does Clare deal with him being a time travel? We will never know because the book was too full of what they did and how they did it and nothing about how they felt. I don't care about that stuff. These characters were selfish, pretentious and self absorbed. And the credibility goes right out the window when they win the lottery. Come on! I honestly don't see why this book is so well loved!
This book angered me. View all 9 comments. Jun 01, Crumb rated it it was amazing. I've been putting off writing this review for days because I knew that this would be a struggle for me. There aren't enough words in the English language that could accurately convey my feelings for The Time Traveler's Wife.
If you haven't read this book, I urge you to do so. You can expect a literary experience unlike one you've ever had. What did I love most about this book? The love story. It was truly enchanting. The two protagonists, Henry and Clare were not only meant for each other, but it I've been putting off writing this review for days because I knew that this would be a struggle for me. The two protagonists, Henry and Clare were not only meant for each other, but it was as if they were destined to be together.
They will go on to face obstacle upon obstacle, but their love for one another never wanes. Simply put, this was a book that had that Extra Something. The "X" factor or the "IT" factor, if you will.
C'est magnifique! View all 30 comments. I am conflicted about this book. Do not let my 4 stars fool you, they are an emotional rating. I'll start with the things I really liked about it: Loved all the foreshadowing. The knowing something was going to happen, and maybe even a little bit of what it was, but never knowing or understanding fully until both characters had experienced the moment. And then all the foreshadowing of the tragic end. Once I started putting the puzzle together I really couldn't put it down.
And I had several moment I am conflicted about this book. And I had several moments where I couldn't control the tears even long before the tragedy happens, because the foreshadowing was that emotionally charged.
I felt that the way the author set it up was ingenious. While you are reading along in a fairly chronological timeline, it is interspersed with moments of past and future as Henry travels through time.
At first it felt very disjunct, but by the end I really loved the way it mirrored how Henry and Clare must feel as they lived their life in such a non-chronological manner.
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Especially Henry. The love story was indeed epic. I bawled like a baby at the end, it was so tragic to me. And sweet at the same time. The way that the author addressed themes of love, fate, destiny, personal choice and, of course, time was mind blowing at times as all time travel issues are to me but very cool to see how it all intertwined. I liked how she dealt with the whole time travel issue in that Henry could never actually change anything in the future.
Everything already happened, whether in the past or the future, because for Henry, his future is his past and his past is his future. I told you it was a bit mind blowing. But yeah, the love story was riveting. Things I didn't like so much: The absolutely uneccesary detail of the mundane. I felt the author spent too much time describing grocery lists literally!
It took me 3 weeks to read this book, and not because it was long. I didn't have any problem ignoring it for days at a time because of the tedious reading at times.
Nothing in the writing made me want to keep reading until the last half of the book, which I did read much more quickly. The language. F-word on nearly every page. Two sitings of the C-word. Totally unnecessary. The love scenes were often a bit graphic, and there were so many of them. Because of this, I started feeling that the love was based in sex more than anything and I would have like the author to explore some of the more deep feelings that did show up when Henry and Clare weren't in bed.
Again, unnecessary really. Sometimes I got confused and experienced deja vu. Knowing it was because one of the characters had already mentioned a certain event and I would often have to go through the book and find the previous mention so I could have full understanding.
Mostly though, it was a very cool book. And very emotional It really spoke to something in me about relationships and choices and destiny not that I totally believe in destiny, but you know. View all 31 comments. Jun 12, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my th book review for Goodreads. I am either one sick or one inspired woman or both. Apparently when I reach my th review, Goodreads will put a little encouraging "button" on my profile they might as well just give me a bookmark , but feels big, too, so I wanted to review a book that I love but have never reviewed here.
The Time Traveler's Wife is a controversial novel, and when my book club discussed it, there were burning pitchforks, buckets of hot tar and glasses of P This is my th book review for Goodreads. The Time Traveler's Wife is a controversial novel, and when my book club discussed it, there were burning pitchforks, buckets of hot tar and glasses of Pinot Noir being splashed in faces.
The room was like a parking lot after a football game between contentious rivals. It was awesome. I give a HUGE amount of credit to the ladies of my book club. For 11 years they have suffered through having me, both a Lit teacher and a writer, as a member, and they have put up with A LOT of my empassioned opinions.
And I love this book. Boy howdy, do I love this book. I originally read it 11 years ago then re-read it, and took a bunch of notes , and the characters and the plot just hopped on into the synapses of my brain, curled up there and have remained comfortably in that position, forevermore. In my opinion, you can read this book for its surface value as a romance or an adventure , or you can go deeper.
For Henry is a modern day Odysseus. He's a Christ-figure as well. He represents the spring, the adventurer, the one who is both sacrificed and reborn. And his love, Clare, is both the archetypal mother and the wife, the perpetual autumn, and Penelope, the one who waits. Niffenegger's plot point of time travel is immense. It serves here as a lush metaphor for the cycle of life: And it doesn't hurt that Henry loves my kind of music, too.
The ladies of book club who passionately disliked this book cited several reasons. They complained that Niffenegger's style was not linear, they had a hard time following the plot, and they found Henry's relationship with Clare bordering on predatory or creepy.
I acknowledge that they experienced these problems, but they just weren't an issue for me. And the ending. I cried to the point of embarrassment, even though I was home alone as I finished. It is truly one of the best, most heart-breaking endings to a novel that I've ever encountered.
My sweatshirt was soaked by the end and I ached and mourned and grieved all over those final pages.
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I actually started to cry while writing this review, just revisiting that ending. A decade later. Good choice for my th review! View all 71 comments. Jul 18, Jim Fonseca added it Shelves: Very unusual for me but DNF, so I did not give it a rating. It's the story of a couple in love where the man comes back at various ages before and after he initially met his wife. When that happens we get the perspective on what's going on from both him and her.
I'm not a fan of romance or sci fi, so I guess the combination of the two turned me off. I always give a book at least 20 pages and this one had so many good reviews, I went back and gave it another twenty pages but just couldn't get int Very unusual for me but DNF, so I did not give it a rating. I always give a book at least 20 pages and this one had so many good reviews, I went back and gave it another twenty pages but just couldn't get into it.
View all 41 comments. View all 6 comments. The good stuff: I really liked the jumps back and forth in time - surprisingly, the author was able to keep it all straight and I never really felt so terribly confused that I just wanted to give up. I loved the Henry character. I really loved him. He was flawed, he tried so hard to be a good man, etc etc. I just really loved this character. I liked the love story - I felt that the feelings between the two of them were real and so deep.
So often a love story goes for huge dramatics to prove the deep love between two people and I liked that she didn't do that - you see their love for each other in what they do, how they talk, how they touch. I liked how the author kept the time traveling dark - the idea that he has no money and no clothes and has to scramble to stay alive and not arrested, etc etc. I actually liked that they threw in the genetic testing and whatever of the time traveling disorder.
I know many people felt that it was ridiculous, or felt like it was just shoved in there, but I really thought it brought a realism to the story.
It helped take the story out of the sci-fi realm and put it more in reality. All of a sudden it became about a person with a disease and a family fighting to hold it together rather than a mysterious hole in the universe.
I don't normally like pseudo science, but I actually thought it worked here. The bad stuff: I hated the name dropping, etc. I know some people liked it, but I just hated it.
Yeah, I get it - he liked punk music. It just felt so contrived and fake to me. It felt more like the AUTHOR likes punk music and art and architecture and whatever else and was putting in those names as a shout out to her "peeps". Like, hey guys, if you know who this is you are part of a super secret cool club - yeah!! Not so much. I thought the Claire character was criminally flat.
Now, I don't have a problem with the idea that she ended up devoting her life to Henry. That her commitment to him overshadowed other choices she could have made in life - well, I thought that was pretty realistic and understandable. If her husband got in a car crash and was a vegetable for the rest of his life, and to take care of him she ended up having to forgo many choices and let her life be dictated by this man and his medical needs, we wouldn't be arguing as much about it.
But that doesn't mean she doesn't have her own dreams, thoughts, needs, desires, etc. I really felt that Claire was mainly there as an object for Henry to love - not her own person. You never feel that Claire loved Henry and made this choice, this sacrifice - you feel that it was inevitable because the author said so.
Claire's family was ridiculously flat. If Claire was not developed enough, her family wasn't developed at all. They are pretty much cardboard cut outs of stereotypes propped up at certain points in the story to help keep the plot going. Not just money, but Money. I got sick and tired of the pregnancies and miscarriages.
How many times before you realize you are harming yourself and your husband to the point that you will never recover? Given what happens to him and all - aren't their lives hard enough?? Why do that to yourselves over and over? I understand the strong desire for a child, but why not adopt? Why was that not an option? I can't remember at that point if they knew it was a genetic disorder or not - but if they did, would they really want that for their child - wouldn't that be even more of a reason to adopt?
And what the heck were they going to tell that child?? Given how talky the characters were, I was pretty surprised that there were no heartfelt discussions of how exactly they were going to raise a child in that type of environment and what they would tell other people, etc, I really didn't like the abrupt cut from the grief on Henry dying to her being That is a lot of time to cover and it felt cheap to not give even a token synopsis of how her and her daughter dealt with his death and her having the same disorder.
I honestly can't decide whether her being able to see him one last time it was him as a younger man jumping way ahead in time, so it was the past for Henry who was still dead was touching or cruel.
To deal with a devastating loss like that and so much time has gone by and to just have him pop back in like that - are you glad for one more precious moment or is it terribly cruel to give hope and snatch it away? And to do that to the daughter too?? I don't know My feelings about the ending depend on my mood.
Somedays I feel that the ending was depressing but realistic. So having something real, even if difficult, felt right. Other days I feel like it was crap. Sure life isn't always great but it isn't always crap either. And I hate fatalism like that - I hate the idea that life is crap and there is no escaping it.
I was also annoyed with Henry quitting - just giving up on life for so long after the feet thing. I get that he was depressed and all. But he has lived his whole life not being able to depend on anything - not where he will wake up, not if he'll have money, not be able to see or be with the people he loves, having to be deposited in the middle of no where and scramble for clothes, food and money with no idea when and where he will return?
This is a man who is incredibly resourceful and resilient. I just had a hard time believing that he would quit like that.
Then again, I would imagine all those years of doing just that would take a toll on him and that was the final blow he just couldn't handle. But no, I still think it was out of character. And the truly terrible The two things that are just atrocious in this book - the references to her families black servants and Henry's friend and downstairs neighbor growing up, Kimmy.
Holy Stereotypes batman!! Even given Claire's family having money and being upper crust and all - the whole description of them and the black servants was so odd and anachronistic. Wait - when did we all time travel to ??
Why is Mammy here? And with Henry's downstairs neighbor - she was slightly better written and I enjoyed her character in relation to Henry and all, but again, she was so stereotypical with the broken en-ga-rish and all. I don't know how she got away with those representations at all - how did not one editor or something say," uh, Audrey, could we talk about these ethnic characters?
They might be a little too ethnic. So that is it- I loved parts of this book and hated parts of this book. There was a lot that was well done and some that was criminal.
I don't know if I wish someone else had taken this idea and written it or if I wish the author had held onto this idea until she had more books under her belt and could do it justice. Either way, I just can't truly recommend this book but I can't tell people to avoid it either.
View all 16 comments. Just because something is popular does not mean it's good. Mass "taste" is often incredibly bad. Such is the case with this book, only it's not incredibly bad, just not worth the hours it takes to read it. It seems like every fiction book I've read in the past couple of years is highly depressing, this one included.
My life is full enough of it's own challenges and disappointments that I'd like to read to escape. Yes, if novels are full of heartache and struggle, they are realistic and more accur Just because something is popular does not mean it's good.
Yes, if novels are full of heartache and struggle, they are realistic and more accurately reflecting real life. Well, this book is clearly not realistic anyway, and the amount of trauma that happened to Henry went beyond what an average person encounters.
I appreciate what Niffenegger was trying to do, and it certainly has it's romanticism, but it was not enjoyable to read. At the beginning, I had a hard time getting past the ridiculousness of the time traveling man that is the main premise of the book. I compared it to the annoying, short-lived tv show "Journeyman", the also depressing movie "Premonition", and the time-traveling bits in "Lost".
To better swallow it, I thought of it as a children's book for adults. So I finally got past the goofiness of time-travelin' Henry. It was interesting how the author put together all the different past and futures.
I thought she did a good job with how she chose to order them in the book. Where was the plot though? While this is not a traditional story in its presentation, if you put the different scenes in sequential order it should be.
Instead of a story with much of a plot though, it was more like an anthropological ethnographic study of Clare and Henry. One third of the book was just them having sex and making coffee. It read to me as more of a descriptive chronicle than a tale with messages to relay. I also thought that Niffenegger never fully developed certain pieces like what happened to Henry's dad after Henry visited him and he was barely holding it together.
Later in the book, he comes across as a typical, mostly functioning father, but we don't see how that change occurred. It also isn't clear why Henry likes Gomez. It must be nice for Henry to have a friend who knows his secret, and Gomez does some stuff to help out Henry and Clare, but why the bond? The first time they all have dinner together, Gomez is highly rude to Henry, but then the next time they meet during one of the time travels, they're all buddy-buddy.
It's not like Henry's just using him for help; he actually likes him on some emotional level. One would think Gomez being in love with Clare would get in the way of that. To wrap this up, I also think the author tries too hard to make Clare and Henry cool: Clare with her dramatic artsiness and Henry with his incredible scope of book knowledge and languages, plus all the stuff about their music tastes. I don't think she does a very good job of showing how Henry goes from being the selfish, lost young jerk to the caring, mature husband.
It's supposed to be Clare's influence, but the process is not really shown. There's another huge gap in info that bothers me, but it would be a spoiler. Hard to believe you could have a spoiler without much plot, but there are a couple pieces that are major events in the book.
All in all, interesting concept tying time travel to romance, but with real life being trying enough, I need something more light-hearted.
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View all 12 comments. Obviously time travel is an important feature, but this novel is also about librarians, artists, punk rock, and alcoholics.
Henry meets his wife, Clare, for the first time when he is 28 and Clare is Clare met Henry for the first time when she was six and Henry was Henry is, literally, a time traveler. Henry has a disease: Despite giving the characters equal narration time, Clare remains painfully one-dimensional.
She is defined by her love for Henry, her artistic career and, unfortunately, little else. Thankfully, Henry is written much more fully. Really, Henry is a mess in every sense of the word. Despite all of his problems, though, Henry remains redeemable. Throughout the novel he clings to a certain charm, a quality that makes it plausible to believe that Clare really did love him long before Henry first met her. These examinations are a particular strength of the novel.
Niffenegger manages to discuss events multiple times without being redundant. At the same time she creates a complex storyline without making it impossible to follow. Unfortunately, she does also falter. The hardcover edition runs pages. Particularly in the second half of the novel, it feels like Niffenegger takes on too much. There are too many characters to remember, too many events only tangentially relevant to the core plot. All things considered, the novel could easily have been at least a hundred pages shorter.
For this reason, the premise of the plot has some fundamental flaws—points that make no sense in relation to the rest of the narrative. On the whole, these blips are annoying but not damning especially given the fact that the novel is marketed as general fiction as opposed to science fiction. Given the ending of the novel, one would think that merely being a time traveler would be enough bad luck to last both of their lifetimes. Aside from being plain old mean, this focus on events makes it difficult to develop the characters.
The scope of the narrative is vast and strongly cinematic, which leads me to two conclusions: One is that this story might have been better had someone else written it. The other is that the upcoming film adaptation will be better than the novel. Given the fascinating story and characters here, hopefully that will be the case. You can find this review and more on my blog Miss Print I adore this book. I love it with all my heart. The first few pages were a delight, a surprise, and from then on it was a sweet love affair.
I wanted both to have read the book all at once and also to have it all yet unread so I could savor it. I simply didn't want it to end. The story is about two people, the time traveler and his wife.
On the surface, they are like any two people who love each other in modern times, except for the fact that he travels through time. You'd think that fact would m I adore this book.
You'd think that fact would make this science fiction, but this is more a romance -- actually, more a great love story than anything. A love that transcends time. While the science fiction part of it IS interesting, it really is all about the couple, Henry and Clare. Henry's ability to time travel almost becomes a metaphor. For what? Whatever it is a reader wishes to imagine. But there'd be no story without it, as it's very intricately woven into the romance.
It's unlikely they ever would have met and come together without it. Henry and Clare both tell the story in their first person points of view, in the present tense, to indicate the here and now, though the scenes might be all at once the past, the present, and the future.
They take turns, not only in telling the story, but in knowing what's to come. So the story unfolds like a flower, with each scene a petal of rosy revelation, where you see both sides -- first the outside, then the inside -- as it blooms and shows yet another petal within, ready to unfurl. The plotting is amazing. Things that happened in one's past, halfway mentioned, become a foreshadowing of what's to come for another, and in the end, things just fall into place; bad or good, you know that whatever just happened was supposed to happen.
You can't really worry about the paradoxes, though. You just have to let go of the feeling that something might never have happened were it not for one thing or another. However tangled up the cause and effect become, the whole thing seemed fated and comes full circle. I suspect that this book inspired the TV series Journeyman, which I also love.
However, they have made it light years easier for the time traveler in Journeyman. When Henry time travels, he brings nothing with him. He can't. Anything that isn't a part of his body is left behind, so he arrives naked and must steal clothes and shoes. When the man in Journeyman travels, he takes with him whatever he is wearing or holding, so he has his clothes and his cash. When Henry time travels, he is unable to change anything that, for him, has already happened.
When the Journeyman time travels, it is expressly so he can go back and change the past, and when he returns to his present, things are not quite what they were when he left. And even though the science fiction part of this book is actually fairly understated, Henry's version of time travel seems much more real to me, more plausible. His life with Clare makes it even more so because we see how it affects the two of them and their relationship with each other and with other people.
Only the media seems left out of it, and I think that if Henry's ability was real, it would be very much in the media in one form or another. I really wish I could articulate everything that I love about this book, but I think the best way to share what I'm feeling for the book right now is to recommend it to everyone I know. Hints of Lolita again, but sweeter and more innocent. Finished reading March 30, The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger It is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences.
Oct 13, Jonathan Ashleigh rated it really liked it Shelves: I opted to leave a copy at work and the other at home and I read at least a few pages everyday. This meant that each time I picked up the book I was slightly lost, and wondering were I was, while I searched to find my place within the pages. One copy was older and more worn than the other, with writing in the margins and creased corners. The other book was brand new and living in the present.
Even with the time lost searching for my place, this book turned into a quick read. The premise behind it was a great idea and, while the author demanded a lot of faith from the reader, it was fun to get into the story.
Even with all the questions surrounding the strange affliction attributed to the main character, I cared for the characters and worried about their destiny. I almost feel that the author wrote this book in two halves. The first half she wrote while at the pique of her ability and enthusiasm. The second half she wrote while on some very impressive anti-depressants. The first half of this book is sweet, wistful, beautiful and touching.
The second half of this book is heart breaking, depressing and sloppily written. I finished this book wondering what the hell I'd actually gotten out of it.View all 13 comments. See all 40 questions about The Time Traveler's Wife…. Topics Audrey Niffenegger. How does Clare deal with him being a time travel? One is left to question the origin of fate and ethics. Catherine Steadman.
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