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The Time Traveler's Wife Paperback – May 6, 2014
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“[A] time-travel love story par excellence…It will be a hard-hearted reader who is not moved to tears by the dangers Henry and Clare ultimately face, and by the author’s soaring celebration of the victory of love over time.” (Chicago Tribune)
“As Clare and Henry take turns telling the story, revealing the depth of their bond despite everything a sci-fi premise becomes a powerfully original love story.” (People (Top Ten Books of the Year))
“Spirited…Niffenegger plays ingeniously in her temporal hall of mirrors.” (The New Yorker)
“Readers will recall in Love in the Time of Cholera a love that works despite all travails and impediments…Marquez, like Niffenegger here, means to tell us that for such exalted love there is no tragedy and never any constraints.” (The Washington Post Book World)
“Niffenegger’s inventive and poignant writing is well worth a trip.” (Entertainment Weekly)
“Moving, razor-edged prose…Niffenegger writes with the unflinching yet detached clarity of a war correspondent standing at the sidelines of an unfolding battle.” (USA Today)
“A singular tale of a charming man with a funny condition (he slips in and out of time) and the woman who loves him. The setting, the city of Chicago, is luminous.” (San Francisco Chronicle)
“As if love weren’t complicated enough, debut author Niffenegger dreams up a happy couple plagued by a peculiar problem…It is to Niffenegger’s credit that she avoids cheap shots and develops her innovative concept in some exceptionally strange and witty ways.” (Time Out New York)
“Contrary to appearances, The Time Traveler’s Wife is a very old love story: wonky, sexy, incredible…charmingly, inventively retold and none the worse for it.” (The Times (London))
“An extraordinary novel with a unique premise…Niffenegger compassionately develops her unique characters, with the grace to accept their difficult circumstances, as well as their blessings. Don’t be deceived by the easy charm of Henry and Clare’s relationship; they will draw you into their small circle, make you complicit with their dreams and disappointments. They will break your heart.” (Curledup.com)
About the Author
Audrey Niffenegger is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to the bestselling novels The Time Traveler’s Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, she is the author of three illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, and The Night Bookmobile, and the editor of Ghostly. She lives in Chicago.
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For a first novel, Niffenegger did a fantastic job. The story is gripping, compelling, heart-rending. It's a romance without being cheesy. It's real feelings; really powerful feelings. I love the way that the author made Henry out to be like other patients suffering from chronic diseases. It's so interesting to see the adjustments he has to make in his life to account for his impairment. It's also interesting to see how devoted Clare is to him and remains to him from their first(s) meeting.
I loved this book. I was sad when it ended, although it did so in a way that I felt complete. There was no cliffhanger here. It's a fantastic read. Congratulations to Ms. Niffenegger.
Overall, the book was very good, it was interesting how the time travel affected both Clare and Henry. And though the ending was one I should have realized much sooner, Audrey did a great job in expecting it. Though, I might have liked a little more from Clare's perspective near the end. I understand why it was done that way.
It is not an easy book to read. A complicated space-time frame (similar in some aspects to the one used in "Bones of the Earth"), may dishearten some readers. Still if you persist you'll be gratified!
The story starts with what will be the general pattern of the novel. WHAT is a "first date"? WHEN is "the first time I saw her/him"?
Henry is subject to a genetic disease that makes him "jump" into time (forward or backward) without his control. Each jump is dangerous because Henry is ejected nude into whatever time-place may result. Day or night, cold or hot, desert place or crowded places he has to start running for shelter just on arrive.
In this context a love story emerges full of sentiment. Clare is always waiting for his lover to show up. Henry always fears to leave her alone.
Clare is a sensitive artist and is in touch with Henry's "jumps" since she is a little girl, yet for all her training, she will never be able to "get used" to it.
Ms. Niffenegger plays sagely with time displacement, examines many different situations and takes maximum advantage from them in a way that will leave you thinking about more than once.
Even though, the heart of the story is a love affair with all its condiments: family relationships, jealousy, fidelity, children and above all this are the mysterious bond between Clare and Henry.
Gripping and thought provoking. Time-travelers: do not let pass this trip! Sensible souls: do not miss this heartbreaking tale!
Reviewed by Max Yofre.
At first, I was getting very frustrated with all the dates of time travel listed and was tempted to put the book down but I perservered and fell in love with this book. The book is very well written and an overall very beautiful story. It remains one of the best books I have ever read and one that I enjoy cracking open to read again and again.