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The Time Traveler's Wife

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When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. He is a hip librarian; she is a beautiful art student. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six...
Paperback, 518 pages
Published 2003 by MacAdam/Cage
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Erica T I would definitely not let my middle schooler read it. It was a little too racy for me. Not appropriate for anyone under 18 in my opinion.
Afshan Rajkotwala The movie is missing so many things that the book has--more development of characters, more time travelling experiences, more happiness, more sadness,…moreThe movie is missing so many things that the book has--more development of characters, more time travelling experiences, more happiness, more sadness, and a different ending! You need to read it!(less)
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Andrea
I'm only adding this book because it annoys me that it popped up on the "most popular reads." People, this book is terrible. Do yourself a favor and pretend you'd never heard of it.

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
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Liz S.
Nov 16, 2015 Liz S. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2007
I recently read The Time-Traveler's Wife and was pretty disappointed---the author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise (the dude actually time travels!) into something pretty flat and dull. The first hundred pages really hooked me, but after a while I started to get irritated by:

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 porny descripti
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Danielle
Jan 18, 2008 Danielle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Why can't there be a negative star rating? I hated, hated this book. And yes, I did finish it. All way-too-many pages of it. But, in my defense it was (foolishly) the only book I brought with me when I was hospitalized for 24 hours after wisdom tooth surgery, and when your options are daytime soaps or this wretched book...well, at least I got to read the ending and conclude definitively that it wasn't worth it. Okay, now that I've gotten a bit of a rant out, let me be a little more organized abo ...more
Swaps55
Jan 31, 2008 Swaps55 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
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Erin
i hate reading books that everyone keeps bothering me to read. first there are the gushing reviews from the media, complete with intelligent sound clips:

"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
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Shan B
Mar 09, 2008 Shan B rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like to jump on band wagons, sheep and lemmings
Let me start this by saying I was very excited to read this book. I thought it was going to be good. It is not in any way good. It could have been good, the idea could have soared but in Niffenegger's hands it was destroyed by laundry lists of grocery bag contents, street directions, and punk bands until I even said, out loud, more than once, "okay, I get it." He bought groceries, he knows how to get around in Chicago, Clare likes to clean her studio, he is not just a punk rock poser but the rea ...more
Lara
Jul 07, 2012 Lara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am conflicted about this book. Do not let my 4 stars fool you, they are an emotional rating.

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
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Claire Greene
Mar 26, 2008 Claire Greene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Laura
Sep 01, 2008 Laura rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Just because something is popular does not mean it's good. Mass "taste" is often incredibly bad. Such is the case with this book, only it's not incredibly bad, just not worth the hours it takes to read it.

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
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Emma
Nov 30, 2007 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jonathan Ashleigh
Jan 12, 2016 Jonathan Ashleigh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: recent
For whatever reason, when I stared reading The Time Taveler’s Wife, I was in possession of two copies. I opted to leave a copy at work and the other at home and I read at least a few pages everyday. This meant that each time I picked up the book I was slightly lost, and wondering were I was, while I searched to find my place within the pages. One copy was older and more worn than the other, with writing in the margins and creased corners. The other book was brand new and living in the present.

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April
Mar 30, 2008 April rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adore this book. I love it with all my heart. The first few pages were a delight, a surprise, and from then on it was a sweet love affair. I wanted both to have read the book all at once and also to have it all yet unread so I could savor it. I simply didn't want it to end.

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
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Morgan
Jun 04, 2016 Morgan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rating this was really hard, because I really liked it (really, really liked it) but I have such qualms with the ending, which could very possibly be a testament to Niffenegger's writing, I'm not sure. Anyway.

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
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Mariya
Aug 31, 2007 Mariya rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
i feel there is a special circle of hell reserved for authors who make a fortune by blatantly ripping off better--but less mainstream--authors from the past and passing the ideas off as their own. I therefore will not review this book but instead re-direct the curious to a 1976 novel called Kindred by Octavia Butler, ostensibly a sci-fi novel but in fact a lean, precise and totally imaginative book for any alert reader.

Avoid bloat, trashiness, sexism, predictability and slowness: don't read thi
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Kat Kennedy
I almost feel that the author wrote this book in two halves. The first half she wrote while at the pique of her ability and enthusiasm. The second half she wrote while on some very impressive anti-depressants.

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,
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Tung
Jan 09, 2008 Tung rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There’s a reason I hate Oprah’s Book Club, and the reason is that I think she does a disservice to the millions of American women who adore her by recommending terrible books. Oprah’s problem is that rather than directing her legions of fans to classic books (or ones destined to become classics) with complex plots and fine writing, she directs them instead to crap like The Notebook. The Notebook and The Time Traveler’s Wife belong to the same genre – you’ve heard the term “chick flick”? These tw ...more
Becky
I am not a romance reader by nature. That's not to say that I don't enjoy them from time to time, but I just don't usually gravitate toward romance. And to be completely honest, I had absolutely zero intention of reading this book, ever. But then it was chosen as my October Bookclub book, so my intentions just became irrelevant.

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
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M
Oct 20, 2014 M rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of scifi, fantasy, or intelligent romance
Shelves: fiction
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Annalisa
May 26, 2008 Annalisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who can endure sex and swearing for an excellent story
Recommended to Annalisa by: Hannah Coleman
I loved this book. It's not perfect, but it made me feel and think and want. It's one of those stories that pulls you into the characters' lives and leaves you wanting more, mulling over the scenes and premise for days after you've reluctantly turned the last page. Rarely is such an original idea portrayed with such vivid language so you believe the time travel possibility and the characters are almost people you know.

It's about a guy who involuntarily travels time. He can never predict where o
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Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Very few books have ever made me cry. Off the top of my head, only two really stand out: Charlotte's Web and Thunderwith. I am now adding The Time Traveler's Wife to the list, and to the list of books I can't get out of my head for days after.

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
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Adita ✨The Slumbering Insomniac✨
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[9/10]

I place my finger on her forehead and say, “Vanish,” but it is she who will stay; I am the one who is vanishing.


The allure of time travel is timeless. It is classic. Too many authors have tried their luck at making time travel the backdrop of their novels and they have always been rewarded with a huge success.

Unlike many other time-travelling heroes, our Henry DeTamble isn't a mastermind that invented his own time-travelling contraption. He is an average librarian who wishes more than a
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Amanda
Feb 11, 2008 Amanda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm finally finished! I have several problems with this book, many of which were laid out by my friend Liz's brilliant post (thanks for lending me this read--I think). First of all, it's way too long. The plot is not so action-packed that it merits 600 pages and hour upon hour of my time. Why you ask? Because nothing happens! There were about 400 pages where Henry just floats back and forth through time, Clare is annoying, and no plot advancement occurs. I mourn the loss of all those trees.

The s
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Maggie Stiefvater
Jun 17, 2008 Maggie Stiefvater rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people looking for love stories but not romances.
Recommended to Maggie by: Helene Keough
Shelves: recommended
What I love about THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE is that Niffenegger absolutely nails the relationship between Henry and Claire. For all the book's faults (in particular a draggy middle), I haven't read a book yet with such chemistry between the two main characters. Add to that Niffenegger's beautiful use of language and dry sense of humor and this is a book I keep going back to.




***wondering why all my reviews are five stars? Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Cons
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Melissa
Sep 17, 2008 Melissa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Melissa by: Lora Strawn
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Jean
The Time Traveller's Wife was published in 2003. It was Audrey Niffenegger's first novel, and is a surprisingly accomplished feat, involving a complicated time structure and alternating first-person perspectives. The two main characters, Henry and Clare, are introduced by way of a Prologue. The couple meet in a library in Chicago, but while Clare clearly knows Henry very well, and has done for a long time, Henry does not seem to know who she is. He is vaguely dazzled by this "luminous creature", ...more
Hippo dari Hongkong
OK, to be honest, I'm having a hard time reviewing this book. I had a mixed feeling that sometimes I like this book and sometimes I dislike this book. There were moments when I just want to throw this book and moments when I suddenly realized that I'm having a hard time putting it down. It's difficult to write the review cause somehow I want to tell you everything.

Henry has chrono-displacement disorder, and he will be sucked backs and forth in time (mostly when he was stressed). He can't control
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Frankie
This story was really cool but it was far too long for what it was!

I liked the idea of the time travelling, and the book started off really good. But it either went downhill or I lost interest by the end. Didn't really like Henry or Clare.

I love short chapters in books but this was almost too choppy for me.
And don't get me started on the dream parts. I just wouldn't read them. I don't care.

So many chapters could have been taken out this book with no damage to the storyline.
Madeline
Aug 13, 2009 Madeline rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: no-judgements
Just in time for the movie release, I finally got around to reading this after it'd been sitting on my bookshelf for months. There's a lot of hype surrounding this book, which automatically makes me want to hate it in a very superior way. But I can't hate it because, frankly, I liked reading this. Not loved, just liked. The simplest thing I can say about this story is that it's nice.
But just for fun, I'm going to do this review in a style I call The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly. Because then I g
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Tatiana
Oct 04, 2009 Tatiana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one I know
Recommended to Tatiana by: bestseller
I know this book is very popular and critically acclaimed, but I simply couldn't finish it. I think I gave it a fair chance - 7 CDs out of 16, it just failed to grab my attention. I liked the concept of time travel and structure of the book, but it was just too boring for me, especially when Clare and Henry finally met in "real time." I wouldn't advise against reading this book, but I personally was bored to tears by it.
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Audrey Niffenegger (born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan) is a writer and artist. She is also a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago.

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
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