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A funny often poignant tale of boy meets girl with a twist what if one of them couldn't stop slipping in and out of time? Highly original and imaginative this debut novel raises uestions about life love and the effects of time on relationshipsAudrey Niffenegger’s innovative debut The Time Traveler’s Wife is the story of Clare a beautiful art student and Henry an adventuresome librarian who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty six and were married when Clare was twenty three and Henry thirty one Impossible but true because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono Displacement Disorder periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life past and future His disappearances are spontaneous his experiences unpredictable alternately harrowing and amusing The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare’s marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs good friends children of their own All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable


10 thoughts on “The Time Traveler's Wife

  1. says:

    I'm only adding this book because it annoys me that it popped up on the most popular reads People this book is terrible Do yourself a favor and pretend you'd never heard of it My short answer is that it's just no good the long version is in the following list which I call The Problems I Have With The Time Traveler's Wife1 The author is indecisive Rather than accepting that this is a science fiction novel she tries to write a social commentary romance and art and music novel all rolled into one There is so much name dropping that it's distracting—classical music entomology poetry romance languages library science the American punk scene constructivist painters you get the idea—they're all continually cropping up at the most inane times What should give us a better understanding of the characters actually paints them as shells of people identified only by superficialities There is one completely pointless mention of a Moholy Nagy poster that really annoyed me I had five years of design school and while I know who Laszlo Moholy Nagy is and how to correctly pronounce his name I couldn't pick one of his paintings out of a lineup of his contemporaries so I didn't even buy that this dude who has spent half of his life in limbo was some kind of expert2 The title character's entire life and family are so difficult to relate to that I immediately hated her She grew up in a house that has books written about it irritating architecture reference and everyone must dress for dinner at her parents' house as if this were a Brontë novel3 Her family employ five black servants In a Christmas scene for which the servants are unchained from the stove and allowed into the dining room the cook actually toasts to Miz AbshireThis book was written in 2004 How can the Mammy have any place here? She isn't even the only racially stereotyped character in this book The traveler's childhood downstairs neighbor a grandmotherly woman he refers to as Kimmy speaks in a broken English which could have been stolen directly from a hateful gold rush era cartoon4 The book skips back and forth between the point of view of the title character and the time traveler himself but there is absolutely no difference in their voices I think I actually got confused a few times about who was speaking 5 The phrase “she was pale under her makeup” was used three times6 The chapters dealing with infertility were completely unoriginal boring and emotionally flat7 Not only are conversations unnecessarily long but they are often followed by page after page of internal dialogue as the characters rehash and analyze every point of said conversationSorry this was so long but this might be the worst book I've ever read and I'm really confused by all the good reviews


  2. says:

    I recently read The Time Traveler's Wife and was pretty disappointed the author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise the dude actually time travels into something pretty flat and dull The first hundred pages really hooked me but after a while I started to get irritated by1 All the name checking of hipster approved bands in an attempt to establish Henry's supposed punk cred He liked the Violent Femmes in 1991 That's why he's so badass? Seriously?2 The food porny descriptions of the meals they eat Some paragraphs read like the menu of a pretentious bistro3 The awful ethnic stereotypes that characterize the few non white characters Nell the mammy esue family cook complete with dialect or Charisse the childlike Filipina4 The fact that everyone is successful and at least upper middle class if not fabulously wealthy Even Henry somehow manages to keep his job at the Newberry library for 20 years despite his habits of disappearing for odd stretches of time not keeping appointments and oh running around naked in the stacks from time to time It would have been interesting to me if his disorder kept him from having any normal kind of professional life5 The lack of character development in the protagonists after they finally meet as adults All of a sudden they meet and they're in love The author gives lip service to Henry's womanizing and drug problems but really they don't seem to pose much than a passing problem for Clare because she already knows they'll get married And even as a married couple their biggest source of conflict whether they can or should have a child is extrinsic rather than intrinsic to their personalitiescharacters Clare never really seems to be bothered by her lack of independence or the fact that she's so tethered to Henry because he had a part in making her who she is etcBy the time I actually got to the end of the story I was too emotionally distanced from the characters to really be moved by what happens to them the burden of plot winds up outsripping any kind of nuanced characterization Bad science fiction and bad romance Bah humbug


  3. says:

    Why can't there be a negative star rating? I hated hated this book And yes I did finish it All way too many pages of it But in my defense it was foolishly the only book I brought with me when I was hospitalized for 24 hours after wisdom tooth surgery and when your options are daytime soaps or this wretched bookwell at least I got to read the ending and conclude definitively that it wasn't worth it Okay now that I've gotten a bit of a rant out let me be a little organized about my dislikes1 The sex More accurately the sex after sex after sex in graphic detail not pornographic detail granted but WAY than I wanted to picture at all sorts of different ages Wow Yeah I just hated that If it serves a purpose to the plot fine include it but don't give me every single move I just don't need to know that2 The plot was convoluted I can say this fairly because I read it in practically one sitting and while I was able to keep things straight it would have served the book better to not attempt to take in so many sub plots and minutia 3 Okay I will admit that for having a sci fi premise the concept of time travel as outlined here was at least moderately believable What I didn't like was that it wasn't especially original anyone seen Journeyman? yet had the pretension that it was4 The whole crux of the novel was the great love story between Henry and Claire Yet as a reader I'm much interested and moved by two NICE people ending up together and staying together than two people I just don't like that much Let's face it Henry is not a great guy And there's that whole poor rich girl thing going on with Claire I just wasn't feeling itOkay all of that said I really don't recommend this book to anyone I realize there are a lot of people that like it I know; I checked the reviews expecting to be completely vindicated but alas it seems I'm in the minority but those people who like it apparently enjoy a different class of book than I do There are so many great works out there why waste your time with this?


  4. says:

    Warning Spoilery review Short version Hurry up and read this Holy crap Someone should have warned me about reading this book at work I have been sitting here bawling my eyes out tears streaming madly down my cheeks flooding my eyes until the words swim into fields of glistening black lines This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can't even be objective about it because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable with Really though even objectively I have little to offer in the way of criticism What was probably a nightmare of a book to write was woven together seamlessly so beautifully constructed it seems like a living organic thing than an idea born inside someone's head I liked the foreshadowing I liked the intricacy I liked that we never really know what Alba chooses in the future whether she embraces the time travel or tries to stop it I loved the poignant pain that begins to trickle across the pages as the pieces begin falling into place I am curious to see how Clare and Alba's relationship developed once Henry was gone but I was happy it was not in the story That there are plenty of things for my imagination to fill in makes me happy I also really liked the approach the author took to the paradox of time travel It seemed the most plausible unarguable position I've ever heard and I have taken a class on it though I have not allowed myself to think about it too hard as I have no wish at least within the context of this book to unravel how much sense it makes What really hit me in the gut seriously I did not even cry this hard when I read Where the Red Fern Grows for the first time and I got red faced puffy eyed and ugly over that one was the horrible feeling that I could see myself as Clare and know exactly how she felt about Henry and could fill the unwritten pages of her future with grief that I would know and understand I cannot imagine losing my husband I cannot imagine ever having to face a day knowing that he was not there and never would be again No matter how much I would want to think that for his sake I would be strong go on live out my life with joy and accomplishment as he would have wanted the truth is I would probably wind up just like Henry's father a wasted suandered creature who does not know how to exist alone without the sound of his laughter the warmth of his arms around my body the feel of his head resting against my chest the drowsy murmur of I love you against my ear as we drift off to sleep the domestic intimacy and companionship that accompanies the hiss of bacon frying in the skillet as he and I stand side by side fixing breakfast on Sunday mornings I do not know who I would be without those things but I would be someone unrecognizable from who I am now This book is also listed on IMDB which really excites me as I think it could be a beautiful movie Everything it needs to be good is right here in the book and because of the manner of Henry's death it even lacks the melodramatic twist that most dramas rely on such as a car accident an act of God or something else outside of the character's control No there is culpability here and that is an incredibly powerful thing While it was not the purpose of this book to examine how Claire dealt with her father and brother after Henry's death or how they dealt with themselves it would have been so interesting to see There's too much to like about this book and something so real and raw and powerful about the sadness and grief it portrays Incredible


  5. says:

    Let me start this by saying I was very excited to read this book I thought it was going to be good It is not in any way good It could have been good the idea could have soared but in Niffenegger's hands it was destroyed by laundry lists of grocery bag contents street directions and punk bands until I even said out loud than once okay I get it He bought groceries he knows how to get around in Chicago Clare likes to clean her studio he is not just a punk rock poser but the real deal complete with his cherry red Docsetc Seriously this stuff does not pass for good writing in any circles The tedious minutae of life is boring and makes the author look like she is trying to pad her story for bulkThe worst part of this book was that the whole thing was based on contrived plot devices The whole time I was reading I was wondering why the author chose to have him time travel naked To me it seemed like if it weren't for his constant pursuit of clothes there may be some real chance at something actually happening in the story Then at the end of the book I realized that the whole naked thing was a tool to achieve the amputations at the end Where was this woman's editor? How do things like this get published this story was nowhere near polished and pared down enough to make it to publication Also the gory miscarriage scenes yuck There was no introspect into the character's hearts and minds How does Henry feel about knowing when he is going to die? How does Clare deal with him being a time travel? We will never know because the book was too full of what they did and how they did it and nothing about how they felt I don't care about that stuff These characters were selfish pretentious and self absorbed And the credibility goes right out the window when they win the lottery Come onI honestly don't see why this book is so well loved This book angered me


  6. says:

    I've been putting off writing this review for days because I knew that this would be a struggle for me There aren't enough words in the English language that could accurately convey my feelings for The Time Traveler's Wife If you haven't read this book I urge you to do so You can expect a literary experience unlike one you've ever hadWhat did I love most about this book? The love story It was truly enchanting The two protagonists Henry and Clare were not only meant for each other but it was as if they were destined to be together They will go on to face obstacle upon obstacle but their love for one another never wanes Simply put this was a book that had that Extra Something The X factor or the IT factor if you will C'est magnifiue


  7. says:

    i hate reading books that everyone keeps bothering me to read first there are the gushing reviews from the media complete with intelligent sound clips it's so awesome so titillating the way the author captures that thing where the girl says that stuff and then they go to that cool place you know? even oprah says so and then there are the crowds of friends who carry around their freshly bought it book ok i'm bitter i can't afford to buy new books who can't wait to share their newfound genius at having read said new it book they want to tell you ooh but erin hasn't read it yet has she? ugh well we'll just have to discuss later then SIGH have you read it yet? have you read it yet? have you read it yet? have you OWOW being the moment i use aforementioned freshly purchased it book to smack someone over the head thus ending my brief first and last encounter with said book forever unless it wins a nobel prize and i'm reuired to read it for sake of my intelligence which has NEVER HAPPENEDspoiler alert HOWEVER sorry this all caps thing is growing on mehowever a used copy of the time travelers wife was the biggest book i could find in the bargin bin before i boarded my 5 hour flight back to the east coast this holiday season and therefore i found myself starting a novel that's been beaten over my head by all my bffs since it came out and let me tell you small cabin space and an a measly in flight movie selection of the game plan and george lopez's shitty sitcom whatever it's called were the only things keeping me from dropping my interest throughout the first couple of chapters i wanted to like these characters because i like time travel and anyone who gets to try it out should definitely also be cool but i kept wondering when does it get good? when does it get good? when does it get and i'm not sure when it happened but suddenly it got GOOD i mean really good it wasn't really enough for me just wondering when claire and henry would get together because to be honest i wasn't that invested in their characters i can't explain this because i can't pinpoint the reason the uality of writing was decent i can find no specific thread to rant on about the characters not being developed there was just no hook after the first tiny intro at the very very beginning i kept waiting for that sense of urgency to come back and then it did suddenly beautifully there was so much for them to live for and as soon as i got that lovely dreadful inkling that henry was going to die of COURSE he has to die shut up i didn't spoil anything this is a love story then i couldn't get enough i think the build up of flash backs helped incredibly in this as well because after i had gained this huge database of memories i was inexplicably and wonderfully tied up in the drama of their stories it was a slow eventual build but the payoff was WELL there's that caps button again god it's fun worth it which let me tell you almost never happens in these cases unless you write a million little pieces and oprah shoves her big foot in her mouth and people like me get to watch the spectle on cnn between episodes of arrested developement lovely ps in a random non funny tangent i would also like to briefly comment on the fact that she wouldn't give up having her all important baby wow annoying i felt just as tired as henry give it up woman you're wasting precious time with him and exhausting everybody on your insane uest don't get me wrong i felt really bad for her during the first part but SIX miscarriages? i know there's an element like who could handle that much sadness but i got to thinking who could bring that much death on themselves? where is the point where you say it's not going to work and i'll accept that? i was frustrated because i felt like she was spending what little time she had with henry making him worried about everything when they could have just been living theredoneDONEwooooooo


  8. says:

    This is my 400th book review for Goodreads Wow I am either one sick or one inspired woman or both Apparently when I reach my 500th review Goodreads will put a little encouraging button on my profile they might as well just give me a bookmark but 400 feels big too so I wanted to review a book that I love but have never reviewed hereThe Time Traveler's Wife is a controversial novel and when my book club discussed it there were burning pitchforks buckets of hot tar and glasses of Pinot Noir being splashed in faces The room was like a parking lot after a football game between contentious rivals It was awesomeI give a HUGE amount of credit to the ladies of my book club For 11 years they have suffered through having me both a Lit teacher and a writer as a member and they have put up with A LOT of my empassioned opinions When I don't like a book I make it ABUNDANTLY clear why it sucks and when I love a book that others don't I verbally knock them out of my wayAnd I love this book Boy howdy do I love this book I originally read it 11 years ago then re read it and took a bunch of notes and the characters and the plot just hopped on into the synapses of my brain curled up there and have remained comfortably in that position foreverIn my opinion you can read this book for its surface value as a romance or an adventure or you can go deeper This novel is loaded with metaphors and you can get both Biblical here andor follow the story with Homer's Odyssey by your sideFor Henry is a modern day Odysseus He's a Christ figure as well He represents the spring the adventurer the one who is both sacrificed and rebornAnd his love Clare is both the archetypal mother and the wife the perpetual autumn and Penelope the one who waitsNiffenegger's plot point of time travel is immense It serves here as a lush metaphor for the cycle of life the living the dying the what comes after And it doesn't hurt that Henry loves my kind of music tooThe ladies of book club who passionately disliked this book cited several reasons They complained that Niffenegger's style was not linear they had a hard time following the plot and they found Henry's relationship with Clare bordering on predatory or creepy I acknowledge that they experienced these problems but they just weren't an issue for meAnd the ending my God I cried to the point of embarrassment even though I was home alone as I finished I actually GASPED at the end and my steadfast rule is if a book makes me GASP it automatically earns 5 stars It is truly one of the best most heart breaking endings to a novel that I've ever encountered My sweatshirt was soaked by the end and I ached and mourned and grieved all over those final pagesI actually started to cry while writing this review just revisiting that ending A decade later Damn Good choice for my 400th review


  9. says:

    I am conflicted about this book Do not let my 4 stars fool you they are an emotional ratingI'll start with the things I really liked about itLoved all the foreshadowing The knowing something was going to happen and maybe even a little bit of what it was but never knowing or understanding fully until both characters had experienced the moment And then all the foreshadowing of the tragic end Once I started putting the puzzle together I really couldn't put it down And I had several moments where I couldn't control the tears even long before the tragedy happens because the foreshadowing was that emotionally chargedI felt that the way the author set it up was ingenious While you are reading along in a fairly chronological timeline it is interspersed with moments of past and future as Henry travels through time At first it felt very disjunct but by the end I really loved the way it mirrored how Henry and Clare must feel as they lived their life in such a non chronological manner Especially HenryThe love story was indeed epic I bawled like a baby at the end it was so tragic to me And sweet at the same time The way that the author addressed themes of love fate destiny personal choice and of course time was mind blowing at times as all time travel issues are to me but very cool to see how it all intertwined I liked how she dealt with the whole time travel issue in that Henry could never actually change anything in the future Everything already happened whether in the past or the future because for Henry his future is his past and his past is his future I told you it was a bit mind blowing But yeah the love story was rivetingThings I didn't like so muchThe absolutely uneccesary detail of the mundane I felt the author spent too much time describing grocery lists literally of things and music and whatever when she could have been examining the thoughts and feelings of the characters It took me 3 weeks to read this book and not because it was long I didn't have any problem ignoring it for days at a time because of the tedious reading at times Nothing in the writing made me want to keep reading until the last half of the book which I did read much uicklyThe language F word on nearly every page Two sitings of the C word Totally unnecessary The love scenes were often a bit graphic and there were so many of them Because of this I started feeling that the love was based in sex than anything and I would have like the author to explore some of the deep feelings that did show up when Henry and Clare weren't in bed Again unnecessary reallySometimes I got confused and experienced deja vu Knowing it was because one of the characters had already mentioned a certain event and I would often have to go through the book and find the previous mention so I could have full understandingMostly though it was a very cool book And very emotionalat least for me It really spoke to something in me about relationships and choices and destiny not that I totally believe in destiny but you knowp


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    Very unusual for me but DNF so I did not give it a rating It's the story of a couple in love where the man comes back at various ages before and after he initially met his wife When that happens we get the perspective on what's going on from both him and her I'm not a fan of romance or sci fi so I guess the combination of the two turned me off I always give a book at least 20 pages and this one had so many good reviews I went back and gave it another twenty pages but just couldn't get into it image from astronomytrekcom