The Time Traveler’s Wife Paperback – Large Print, Sep 2 2009
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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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“Thought-provoking and very moving. Plus there are several mentions of punk-rock bands such as the late, great Clash!” Huffington Post Books
“One doesn’t normally associate science fiction with true love, but my favourite romance is Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife.... Heartbreaking.... It’s an introspective and deeply moving tale of sacrifice--and, incidentally, a stunning example of the book being far better than the movie.” The Globe and Mail
“Ms. Niffenegger not only conjured two memorable characters, but also created an affecting story about the magical ability of love to transcend time.” The New York Times
“Highly original novel.... The Time Traveler’s Wife has it all: an innovative plot, intriguing characters and compelling writing.” Chatelaine
“Niffenegger’s storytelling is bold and entrancing. Her prose is warm and inviting. And her characters are created with heartfelt sincerity. There’s a lot to love in this book…. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an engrossing read that keeps both emotions and intellect entertained.” The Times-Colonist
"The Time Traveler's Wife is a very old love story: wonky, sexy, incredible...but charmingly, inventively retold." The Times --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
I normally do not start my book reviews with the rating, but I need to address this right at the beginning, because I feel that this will give you an idea of how I feel about the book.
I have given this book 4.5 stars out of 5. Now, I have my concerns about the whole rating system in the first place, coz at times it is very difficult to give a numerical value to how the book made you feel, but that is a post for another day.
Having said that, do not be fooled by my 4.5 stars. This is an emotional rating. I have oscillated between 4 and 5, and settled on a 4.5. A month from now, I might lean towards a 4, but I just can’t bring myself to do it at the moment. Sigh. :(
The story is about two people – the time traveler (Henry), and his wife (Clare). On the surface, they are just like any two people who are in love with each other, except for the fact that Henry travels through time.
Henry is a CDP (Chrono Displaced Person); he has a genetic disorder that makes him involuntarily travel through time to various points in the past and future of his own life, and inexplicably, to Clare’s childhood.
He cannot hold onto any of his possessions when he time travels; which means – no clothes, no food, no money, and goodbye identity! Sometimes he is gone for minutes, sometime for hours, and at times, even for days together. Throughout it all, Clare is at Henry’s side, faithfully waiting for him to return to her, and their life together in the present.
You’d think the time-travel aspect would make this more of a science fiction book, but this is essentially a romance, an epic romance at that. It is a love that transcends time and place. :)
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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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