Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Pages: Paperback, 536 pages
Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Genre: Romance, Sci-fiction
Summary: When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare’s attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it’s about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time
Review (I’ve been really busy so I appologize in antecipation for this rather confusing review)
The Time Traveler’s wife tells the very imaginative love story between Clare and Henry,that time travels. Clare and Henry relationship looks pretty normal, they fall in love, they get married, they fight they make up, you know, they do all the regular things that couples do. But a closer look at their lives shows that their relationship is anything but ordinary: as Henry time travels Clare met him when she was only six, and for that moment on she and Henry continue to met through out her infancy and adolescence. The thing is, that though she meets Henry when she’s only 6 he only gets to meet her when she is 20. Pretty strange huh?That happens because Henry only time travels to destinations that are related to him somehow, and so until the present him (and what’s present in this novel?) meets Clare he can’t time travel to met her.
Please don’t let my rather confusing summary of the novel stop you from reading this fantastic book.
Niffenegger’s writing is very straight forward and through it we get this story full of raw and true feelings rather than embellished ones,making the story more believable. I could really feel the strong feelings the Henry and Clare had for each other and how much it hurt when they were apart. The alternate narrators also worked really well because they let us see both sides of this relationship
One of the subjects that most interested me in the novel was the unpredictability of the present though sometimes the past and the future were already know and how that had such an impact in their lives. Sure sometimes the future was a mystery to them but the present was what they most feared because in a moment Henry could vanquish and appear somewhere in the past or future and get killed or beaten up, and get really hurt, and that way, though all those things might have been part of the past for us regular people, or part of the future, they were the present for Clare and Henry.
Other thing that I liked a lot was the references to bands and other literature that Niffenegger inserted in the book, they made the characters much more relatable to.
A fantastic love story that spans through time and place. A must read
“Why is love intensified by absence?”
“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”
“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?”