The Time Traveler’s Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger
This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when
Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was
twenty-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, Henry and Clare’s struggle to lead normal lives is both
intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
This book has been on my TBR
for a very long time, and I’m so glad I finally picked it up. I remember seeing
this film years ago and being totally blown away. When I decided to read the
book I strongly remembered liking it, but I was quite fuzzy on the details.
That made it the perfect time for me to pick up the book version of this
magical and twisted story of love and time.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is
at one a science fiction story of time travel, and a beautiful love story. The
time traveling aspect of it is incredibly well planned. I imagine it is hard
enough for a writer to plan out a story chronologically, but to plan out the
story of two characters who don’t even share the same timeline mush have been
incredibly challenging. For example: In some parts of the story, Clare is a
child and Henry is middle aged. He knows and has lived through so much more
than Clare and acts accordingly. The things that are going to happen in her
future has already affected him and become part of his character. It is only
when the story reached the end that you start to understand why he acted the
way he did. In the same way, when Clare and Henry meet for the first time in
“real time” she is the one who knows more, and he is a very different person from
the Henry of middle age she knows from her childhood. This book proves how much
the things we go through in life changes us as people. I know for sure I am not
the same person I was 2 years ago. And for Clare and Henry to constantly be out
of tune with what experiences they share or don’t – well let’s just say things
get a bit complicated.
This story also raised the
question of fate or destiny. When Henry travels to the past, can he change his
own present? Should he? When Clare learns snippets of her own future, could she
decide to change what will happen or is that already unavoidable? And most
importantly, are Clare and Henry in love by choice or fate? This is one of
those mindboggling books that really makes you think, and will linger in your
mind long after you have put it down.
The love story in this novel
is a bit more on the grown up side. This is not YA, and deals a lot with
marriage, miscarriages, and childbirth. However, I would still call this an
epic love story, and definitely something out of the ordinary. It has a
star-crossed lovers vibe to it, where Clare and Henry are torn apart by forces
out of their control. I don’t want to give too much away, but I’ll just say
that I really love these two together. Something else that sets this novel
apart from the YA genre is that it is in fact quite a sad story. There is no
sugar coating or feeling that of course everything will work out in the end. In
spite of being sci-fi, it comes across as very real.
I really loved this book. It
was confusing in a good way, and I recommend taking your time when reading it.
It is not a book you want to rush through. I would recommend it to those who
want a more complex and thought provoking love story. It is the perfect book
for loosing yourself in. Happy reading!
//love from L
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