The Time Traveler's Wife
New York Times Bestseller
Today Show Book Club Selection
Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because
1. All the name checking of hipster-approved bands in an attempt to establish Henry's supposed "punk" cred. He liked the Violent Femmes in 1991. That's why he's so badass? Seriously?
2. The food por...more
My short answer is that it's just no good, the long version is in the following list, which I call "The Problems I Have With The Time-Traveler's Wife."
1. The author is indecisive. Rather than accepting that this is a science-fiction novel, she tries to write a social commentary, romance, and art and music novel all r...more
Holy crap. Someone should have warned me about reading this book at work. I have been sitting here bawling my eyes out, tears streaming madly down my cheeks, flooding my eyes until the words swim into fields of glistening black lines. This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can't even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable wi...more
"it's so awesome! so titillating! the way the author captures that thing where the girl says that stuff and then they go to that cool place.. you know? even oprah says so!"
and then there are the crowds of friends who carry around their freshly bought "it" book (ok, i'm bitter, i can't afford to buy new books) who can't wait to share their newf...more
I'll start with the things I really liked about it:
Loved all the foreshadowing. The knowing something was going to happen, and maybe even a little bit of what it was, but never knowing or understanding fully until both characters had experienced the moment. And then all the foreshadowing of the tragic end. Once I started putting the puzzle together I really couldn't put it down. And I had several moment...more
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is about many things. Obviously time travel is an important feature, but this novel is also about librarians, artists, punk rock, and alcoholics. It’s also about love.
Henry meets his wife, Clare, for the first time when he is 28 and Clare is 20. Clare met Henry for the fir...more
It seems like every fiction book I've read in the past couple of years is highly depressing, this one included. My life is full enough of it's own challenges and disappointments that I'd like to read to escape. Yes, if novels are full of heartache and struggle, they are realistic and more accur...more
There were several things I wanted to talk about while I was reading it, more or less having to do with the notion of time-travel in the book. Obviously, there's always the immediate connection between Henry DeTamble and Billy Pilgrim, both of which are unstuck in time, Henry because of a b...more
The story is about two people, the time traveler and his wife. On the surface, they are like any two people who love each other in modern times, except for the fact that he travels through time. You'd think that fact would m...more
Henry has crono-displacement disorder and in...more
The first half of this book is sweet, wistful, beautiful and touching.
The second half of this book is heart breaking, depressing and sloppily written.
I finished this book wondering what the hell I'd actually gotten out of it. My not-so-startling conclusion was: nothing.
When I read a book,...more
It's about a guy who involuntarily travels time. He can never predict where o...more
Avoid bloat, trashiness, sexism, predictability and slowness: don't read thi...more
This is a highly ambitious debut novel. That doesn't mean it doesn't work. I had my doubts, I truly did. And I can never read a book without also noticing typos, editing errors etc., but although they're distracting they can't ruin a good book.
The time tr...more
So, now that I've read it... Umm... Well. I think that this book did have an interesting premise, and in another author's hands, could have been fantastic. But most of t...more
Henry has chrono-displacement disorder, and he will be sucked backs and forth in time (mostly when he was stressed). He can't control...more
People like this book???!
I know I threw my credibility out the window when I admitted that...more
وبصفتي فتاة رومانسية نحنوحة مسهوكة
ًفإنني أحببتُ هذه الرواية الدافئة كثيرا
الرواية بسيطة ليست ذات أبعاد ولا تناقش فلسفة معينة
هي فانتازيا رومانسية جميلة
وعلى الرغم من ذلك فهي أكثر من مجرد تسلية وإضاعة للوقت
تتسم الرواية بكثيرٍ من الدفء و الصدق
رائحتها عشقية بلا ابتذال ولا مزايدة
وتمت معالجة الفانتازيا هنا بحرفية شديدة
جعلتني مرتاحة وسعيدة
قضيتُ وقتا ممتعاً ووقعتُ في غرام الشخصيات
القصة شديدة الغرابة عن رجل يسافر عبر الزمن ليقابل حب عمره بطريقة لم يتقابل بها عا...more
I’m always afraid of two things when I’ve been as captivated by a book as I have been this one. The first is that no one else will feel the same way I do about it. What if it’s actually horrible, and for some reason I love it? I’m no literary genius, after all. But I suppose we are all entitled to our own opinions, and there are certainly plenty of “great” reads out there that I am sure I did not love, or would not love if I ever read them....more
***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Cons...more
This is one of those books that everyone reads and you love it or hate it. I am not sure if I loved it, but it is a very good book! For me, it was a bit hard to follow at first, because I didn’t understand all the popping back in forth in time, and what was ‘the present’ and why it was happening.
Henry spontaneously time-travels. He seems to only travel to places in his past that he is familiar with. He meets his future wife when she is six, and he is middle aged. In reality, he is eig...more
So the overall concept here is that a man and woman are married but the husband has a disease that makes him time warp either into the future or into the past of his life. When...more
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Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife (2003), was a national bestseller. The Time Traveler's Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpre...more