The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger

11 Sep

“It comes out so quietly that I have to ask her to repeat it: “It’s just that I thought maybe you were married to me.”

 

Told through both Clare and Henry’s point of view, this is a “timeless” love story quite literally.  Clare met Henry when she was seven; Henry met Clare when she was an adult.  If that last sentence seems confusing, it’s just a taste.  Henry struggles with what he calls “chrono displacement disorder,” and often finds himself shooting through time.  He reappears, either in the past or in the future, not sure of his location and sporting only his bathing suit.  This, needless to say, makes his relationship with Clare a bit complicated.

But isn’t every relationship complicated?  I think that’s the point here.  While every couple has its share of issues, this issue is supernatural.  That doesn’t change how they deal with it.  Clare and Henry have a very real love, made more real by the trials and tribulations caused by time travel.  Since occasionally Clare gives us her point of view, and occasionally Henry tells us his, we never doubt the love between them.  We do, however, see the secrets they don’t share with each other.

What really impressed me about this novel is its beautiful writing.  I learned that Audrey Niffenegger is an artist.  This shows in her writing; she turns words into paint and lays them gently on the page until the story comes to life.  While I was occasionally confused about where and when each scene began, I was constantly intrigued by this story.  I found it warm, heartfelt, and, pardon the repetition, beautiful.

I’m very excited to read the author’s second book, Her Fearful Symmetry.  Five Stars.

 

PS: I saw the movie, and it just seemed pointless.  I don’t know if I would have felt that way had I not read the book, but regardless, read the book.  Don’t bother with the movie.

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One Response to “The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger”

  1. leeswammes October 23, 2010 at 3:49 am #

    I agree, the movie wasn’t all that great. I much prefer the book (which I loved). I’ve got a review up on Her fearless Symmetry (today) so check it out if you want to know a little bit… but not too much!

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