The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Wow. Just Wow. How does someone possibly come up with this stuff? People have been telling me to read The Time Traveler’s Wife for months, and I was a bit intimidated by the popularity of it. Just look at my review of Twilight to see how that turned out last time for me! (Please note the lovely comment that review got!)

Here’s the summary of the book:

A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

Everyone was right-  this book is so good!  If it’s on your list and you keep putting it off, move it up to the front. It’s not science fiction-y at all. There was only one incident that made me question how the time travel followed the rules she had set and I was able to figure out the answer.   Henry is the perfect hero and clearly madly in love with Claire.  I had a few minor quibbles with just how many people knew about his condition, but other than that, no problems with the book at all. I finished it last weekend, and I’m still thinking about it all the time, which hasn’t happened to me for a while now (A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Book Thief being the most notable from 2007.)  It seems odd that the second book I read this year will be one of the best, but it seems likely that it’s going to happen that way.  If you haven’t read it yet, or find yourself intimidated, please, go get it now. It’s really worth it.  If you started it already, and got a bit confused by the beginning, stick with it- you eventually get into the flow of it.

 Review cross posted at Books. Lists. Life.

5 Responses to “The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger”

  1. i agree, it’s one of the best books i’ve read last year. if you’re looking for another great read, khaled hosseini’s the kite runner or john boyne’s the boy in the striped pyjamas are the ones to read if you haven’t already. 🙂

  2. I have read The Kite Runner, and I agree, it was excellent! I have the Boyne on my wishlist, I just recently read a great sounding review.

    Thanks for stopping by, please come back!

  3. I have to leave another comment!

    I was anticipating this novel. I was so happy to receive it and dive into it. I heard so much wonderful reviews about this book. It had time travel and romance all rolled up into one. How could this not be wonderful?!

    Again I was disappointed. I don’t know if all the hype builds me up for an out-of-this-world read or what! Again I did not connect at all with the characters. There was nothing there to draw me in. I can’t remember most of the book at this point–that’s how unmemorable it was for me. I instantly listed this on Bookmooch and got rid of it.

    I’ve decided that anything that is raved about terribly, I should pass. When it comes to books, I should be anti-society. 😉

  4. I love this book. One of my favorite books of all time. It’s just a really smart book. ‘Wow’ was exactly my reaction. I was blown away. I thought of the characters long after I finished the book. Like they’re really alive and their pains were real.

  5. I read this book. I thought it was okay, it really wasn’t my kind of story.

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