The Time Traveler’s Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Available in stores now, link to Barnes and Noble is here. This novel was recently made into a movie; I’ll attach the trailer at the end of this post for your viewing pleasure.
Opening Lines: It’s hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knwoing where he is, wondering if he’s okay. It’s hard to be the one who stays.
Henry DeTamble has no idea who Clare Abshire is when they first meet at the library where he works. He’s intimidated and scared by the intense emotions coming off of the young woman, as if they’ve known each other for years. And they have, only Henry doesn’t know that yet. In the future he’ll travel back in time to her childhood.
Henry and Clare’s love story is unlike any other. When the past, present, and future are all thrown together at once, true love must prevail over all to beat the odds.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for a while, and I’m glad that I finally got around to it. The love story is simple enough, but through in the fact that Henry is constantly being pulled through time and you have an original idea. It works perfectly. Apparently this is Ms. Niffenegger’s first novel, and it was very good! The characters are charming and witty, adding in just the right amount of sappy love.
A few things I did not especially like include the way the book jumps around. It added to the story, made it more like we were jumping around time with Henry instead of just waiting around for him to show up again with Claire, but at times I had to go back several pages and check to see at what time and place Henry had traveled to [thankfully the time and date are written at the beginning of each section].
At a few points there are passages in different languages that are never translated. I’d have loved to have known what they said.
I would not recommend this for someone younger then, say, 16 or 17. There is way too much adult material in here. Just a small warning. Other than that, definitely read the book. It was worth it.
This book gets 4/5 stars.
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” was also made into a movie. I never had the chance to watch the whole thing-I saw most of it except for the ending-but you should check it out if you have the chance. I’d recommend reading the book first, and keep in mind that the movie is very different from the book.
Here’s the trailer of the movie: