Monday, June 1, 2009

Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

My friend, Nancy, loaned me this book, and I am so glad she did. (She gives me some great books!) I was surprised to have fallen in love with this book like I did. If you can allow yourself to "go there" I highly recommend giving this one a try.

Synopsis: Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, and adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Claire was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible, but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler's Wife is, at its core, a love story. If you can allow yourself to let go of reality, and accept that Henry visits Claire throughout her life, from different points in his own, you will be drawn into this love story like I was. Imagine your husband disappearing one night, only to return a few days later. Where was he? He was visiting you when you were 14. Vaguely, you remember this visit from 16 years ago. Crazy, right? I'm getting chills just remembering certain scenes of this book, which is both hilarious and heartbreaking all at the same time.

Audrey Niffenegger's second novel is due out this fall, entitled, Her Fearful Symmetry and is a supernatural story about American twins who inherit an apartment near a London cemetery and become embroiled in the lives of the other tenants and the ghost of their aunt, who left them the flat. Look for this one at the end of September!


Jenn V said...

Great review Alison. I too loved this book! It gave me that rollercoasting feeling in the pit of my stomach. I'm curious to see how the movie lives up!

Alison said...

I'm so glad you loved it like I did! One of my friends just finished it after my insisting she read it before seeing the movie. She thought it was just okay. *gasp*

After reading plenty of other reviews, I found The Time Traveler's Wife is one of those books that people either love or hate.

I'm afraid to see the movie...the movies always disappoint me. Once I do, I'll be back to do a review...

Juju at Tales of said...

I'm one of those rare readers that loathed it. I found it too confusing and crude.

I wish I had watched the movie first on this one ;)

Nice review!

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