Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

“It’s hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he’s okay. It’s hard to be the one who stays.” —Clare

I read this book last year, originally for Keishon’s TBR Reading Challenge, but never got around to posting about it. So, for what’it’s worth, here’s my opinion of this highly original contemporary love story that redefines time travel romance.

My 2010 Reading PlanTitle: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Publisher: Vintage Random House UK
Year Published: 2005

Stand alone or series: Standalone

On the Back cover:

This is the extraordnary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were ,arried when Clare was twnty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force, they can neither prevent nor control, hencyr and Clare’s struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and enirely unforgettable.

For the plot summary, check this out.

In my books …

The story is told in first-person narration alternately by both Henry and Clare. Although the synopsis reads like it’s a love story, the book actually delves deeper into the the various relationships the two main characters have with their parents, family members and friends.

It is poignantly told, and the ingenious premise that the romance between Clare and Henry is set up left a lot of room for the author’s imagination to take flight. There were some bits where the story spirals into mundane, and IMO, unnecessary subplots and twists, but overall the pace of the story development could be better managed. The movie version as better at this.

Just a warning though for readers who looks for a happy-ever-after ending in their love stories … the tragic end of the story may have you bawling unabashedly at the injustice of it all. In a way though, this would probably make the book a timeless classic romance ala Romeo and Juliet. Love the flashbacks into Henry’s past and the peeks into the future, especially the scenes with the precocious Alba.

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IMB Rating: 4.0, Really Liked it


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