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Product Details

  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Canada (June 15 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676976336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676976335
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 3.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 177 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #39,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

This clever and inventive tale works on three levels: as an intriguing science fiction concept, a realistic character study and a touching love story. Henry De Tamble is a Chicago librarian with "Chrono Displacement" disorder; at random times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life. This leads to some wonderful paradoxes. From his point of view, he first met his wife, Clare, when he was 28 and she was 20. She ran up to him exclaiming that she'd known him all her life. He, however, had never seen her before. But when he reaches his 40s, already married to Clare, he suddenly finds himself time travelling to Clare's childhood and meeting her as a 6-year-old. The book alternates between Henry and Clare's points of view, and so does the narration. Reed ably expresses the longing of the one always left behind, the frustrations of their unusual lifestyle, and above all, her overriding love for Henry. Likewise, Burns evokes the fear of a man who never knows where or when he'll turn up, and his gratitude at having Clare, whose love is his anchor. The expressive, evocative performances of both actors convey the protagonists' intense relationship, their personal quirks and their reminiscences, making this a fascinating audio.
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On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he is or what he is doing. It drops him naked and vulnerable into another decade, wearing an age-appropriate face. In fact, it's not unusual for Henry to run into the other Henry and help him out of a jam. Sound unusual? Imagine Clare Detamble's astonishment at seeing Henry dropped stark naked into her parents' meadow when she was only six. Though, of course, until she came of age, Henry was always the perfect gentleman and gave young Clare nothing but his friendship as he dropped in and out of her life. It's no wonder that the film rights to this hip and urban love story have been acquired. Elsa Gaztambide
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Format: Paperback
Wow. Normally I really don't like books whose plot lines jump all over in time. I'm not a strong enough reader to be able to handle that. But this is an exception, and why? Because it is such a beautiful, simple story. One of a strong, fantastic love. What I loved about the book was how it all worked. I found myself sitting back thinking "well, this could never happen because...." and a few pages later she'd shatter my doubts, and this continued to draw me into the story, allowing it to seduce. The male characters are as strongly defined as the female, which I find rare when a book is written by a female and has such a strong male presence in it. This is one of the best books I have read this year!
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I stayed away from The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger for a while. The reviews seemed to range from brilliant to people not enjoying it at all. Now I add myself to the group of readers who love this book. With its most unusual concept - a man who can travel through time - the book is not at all futuristic or bordering on science fiction. I loved the writing style throughout the book and, while it took me a few chapters to get used to the time shifting, it was utterly amazing to learn how everything unfolded to fit together as more and more of the story was revealed through the various timelines. The movement back and forth through time was not at all confusing. Ultimately, this was the amazing love story of Clare and Henry. Deeply sad in some ways, it was also very moving. This was definitely one of the most different books I've read in a while and also one of the best.
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This book is one of the few enthralling books that I just could not put down. It is indeed the one book that is deeply enchanting and very touching to the point where it brought tears to my eyes. I am not much of a romantic novel reader, but I am quite glad that I was able to read this well-crafted original book. The title of this book is "Time Traveler's Wife" which of itself attracted my utmost attention because I am somewhat a "time traveling" buff to which I love to read books and watch movies about people traveling through time since I first read H.G. Wells' "The Time Machine" and first saw the TV show called "Quantum Leap."

In this beautiful novel, the author did a truly remarkable job weaving many people with strengths and flaws to which they have been portrayed to be what it means to be human. Throughout the book, the author have used two unique perspectives, that of Claire and Henry, to tell the story in such a profound way and to reveal such a powerful bond between Claire and Henry through time. This novel is truly an original love story, with an excellent clarity, in the world of sci-fi. And, I almost did not believe that this novel was Niffenegger's first.

Audrey Niffenegger is truly a talented author and a wonderful storyteller. And, with my enthusiastic and humble opinion, I strongly recommend this book.
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A love story? You bet, but I can guarantee you've never met one like this before. Meet Henry and Clare. Henry time travels. Uh, but that's not the really weird part---he does so involuntary. That's right: he has no control over when/where it happens. Interested yet? You should be. Talk about a great premise! The story is presented to us from both Clare's and Henry's points of view, so we get both sides of the story. But as someone once said, "The truth is somewhere in the middle," and this could be an excellent metaphor for this story. It's not fiction, it's not sci-fi, it's somewhere in the middle. And a love story to boot. You'll find the reading a little strange at first, but once you get into it, you won't be able to put it down. Funny and knowing, like McCrae's works, and beautifully written, like the works of Eugenides, THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE will knock you for a loop, then set you back down to earth with a smile. Heartwarming and well written, this is one book you don't want to miss. The only other book I read that I liked this much was Jackson McCrae's "Katzenjammer" which is equally strange and wonderful. I highly recommend them both.
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THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is actually three books in one. First, it is science fiction, and just let me say that if you're not a fan of that genre, hold one, because it's not SF in the way you THINIK it is. This is accessible stuff, full of color, make-sense plots, and sentences that actually go somewhere. Second, this is a love story--not a sappy one, but rather a well crafted and touching one. Third, this book is a wonderful character study. Henry De Tramble is a librarian in Chicago with a strange disorder that causes him to suddenly disappear and find himself in the future. Lucky him. Implausable yet somehow real, this has to be one of the most unusual novels I've come across in a while. The only other book that was this strange and unbelievable yet believable was Martel's LIFE OF PI. If you're looking for a true adventure, and I don't mean that in the "car chase" sense, then THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE will be just your cup of tea.
Also recommended: BARK OF THE DOGWOOD
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Firstly, I usually don't come to write reviews on books i've disliked, I usually don't waste my time, but this one struck a cord and it bothered me. I know hate is a strong word, but I feel no such love towards this book. The writing style of the book just runs into paragraph long thoughts that seem to end into a mixed emotion or thought. I mean at times, the writing was professional and book reader worthy, but then the author threw in vulgar words and slangs, and what really annoyed me was writing paragraphs in another language without even explaining it to people who actually only speak english. I am done with the complaints on the writing styles, I digress. As for the storyline, I didn't care for it. It was pretty depressing, and confusing at times. I really hate romantic stories that end horribly wrong. Spoiler...I also hated how almost to the end of the book the main character, Clare, decides to just out of the blue think about sleeping with Gomez and then just having to tell Henry.. almost at the end of the book. I don't know, cheating on you're girlfriend/boyfriend is an awful big deal breaker for me. Anyway, i'm done. I didn't like it. end of story. end of review.
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