Monday, June 25, 2012

The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger

From the prologue: Clare: It's hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he's okay. It's hard to be the one who stays. I keep myself busy. Time goes faster that way.

This is a really great book, recommended to me by Mr. Campbell (thank you so much!!!) about two people: Henry DeTamble, a man who involuntarily travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist and his wife whose life is "normal." "Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love." Very dramatic, but I really did love this book. The premise was really great and interesting; time travel is so fascinating. And the way that Henry would go back and meet Clare as a young girl to set up their relationship one...I just had to keep reading. The way the book was narrated was interesting too, with Clare and Henry taking turns in a particular scene and time setting.

One thing about time travel though: it requires some concentration. It's really hard to wrap your head around, and I was a bit confused at the beginning. However, that has nothing to do with the quality of the book: that's just the way time travel is.

Read The Time Traveler's Wife:
  • if you like books about time travel
  • if are looking for a book that feels like realistic fiction, but of course has the sci-fi element of time travel
  • if you liked When You Reach Me and are looking for something a bit more complicated (actually, a lot more)
536 pages.
Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf For Rereading (jf I own it)!

1 comment:

  1. The novel is also crafted on a very literary level, with eloquent sentences and descriptions that merit this being a contemporary classic. I'd definitely recommend this book to anyone who has a soft spot for good love stories. It definitely transcends genres.
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