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message 1: by Michelle (new)

Michelle I'm not completely through this novel yet and I love what I've read of it! My interpretation of the time traveling is that it's a metaphor for the relationships that we have with others. We don't just have a relationship with the person at their biological age but all their ages. Does that make sense? Anyway, now I can't wait to read the end and see if I like it.

Emma (Miss Print) I absolutely agree with almost everything you say here (though I might have been harsher in my overall assessment). I thought that in general Niffenegger was excessively cruel to her characters and I'm glad I'm not totally alone in that feeling.

message 3: by lionlady (new)

lionlady I agree with your review of this book. The premise is totally cool, but the author fell short of doing it justice. I also felt it was misnamed - it really wasn't so much about Clare and it was Henry and once Henry died the book was basically over. I would have loved it if she elaboarated on the genetic aspect of it or even just developed how Alba was able to semi control when and where she went. Lots of potential here, but it just fell short. I don't think its a terrible, just underdeveloped. Too bad.

message 4: by David (new)

David Redden I wish I had read your review before taking the time to write my own. I feel the same way minus two stars. I could get over the ridiculous premise but not the ridiculous characters.

message 5: by Emily (new)

Emily This is exactly how I felt about the book. I wish someone else had taken the same idea and written it. This was an excellent reveiw to the book. Thanks.

message 6: by Lauren (new)

Lauren I completely agree with your review. Loved Henry, felt like Claire fell short of the mark. I am surprised that in your thorough critique, you did not mention Claire having sex with Gomez after Henry's death. Did it not bother you? It dried up my tears real quick. And Gomez, incorrigible, in that towel, just waiting. Like a five year old with the 'cat who swallowed the canary' grin-- it was like he always knew this day was coming.

After that, I felt sorry for Claire that she was so consumed with Henry for her entire life that she became a pathetic, weak woman with no sense of her own self. I mean honestly, go find a stranger to have sex with and pretend its your dead husband.

message 7: by Mizzashley (new)

Mizzashley I loved the book and yes I have to agree the author kept it all in chronological order so to speak and I was never confused on dates. It did take some getting use to. However I think that your a little harsh on Henry he lost his feet to frostbite. I think if this happened to anyone they would feel like giving up and it isn't like he was giving up on everything. For a period of time there he did let himself go but Kimy came and gave him a push in the right direction to get over his "poor me syndrome" . He even told Clare if he could prevent himself from dying he would. There was no way possible his fate was already decided.
Also I noticed alot of other ppl besides you have a problem with the ethnic stereotyping.I believe the author knew full well that in that time/era there was alot of immigrants in Chicago like Kimmy with accents that obvious. As far as Etta and Nell its a realistic view of what the servants were like for Clare growing up in that time frame.

message 8: by eq (new)

eq I liked your review. As a Korean American though, I didn't think that Kimy's character was a stereotype: I thought it was actually a thoughtful character. Nell and Etta on the other hand, were they described as black? I don't recall. I just figured they were white. The way the character's speak doesn't bother me because everyone has their own rhythm and speaking idiosyncrasies based upon culture and upbringing. That's just my opinion though.

message 9: by Tara (new)

Tara I actually just finished this book about 10 minutes or so and I agree with all of the things you liked about this novel, but there is one of your dislike I want talk about. I know everyone interprets things differently; they have their own points of view. So I am not saying you are wrong, but here is how I look at the subject of Henry being very depressed about his feet. All of Henry's life he has been time traveling-he is used to it, of course. I think the reason he was so lost when his feet were amputated is because that is what he depended on when time traveling. How do you think he feels when he thinks about what he is going to do now? Time traveling will be hell for him now, not that it wasn't before, but come on. He spent most of his life learning all of these survival tricks for time traveling, and now they are all useless. I have no idea how I would survive in that position. And that's not the only thing - remember Henry running every single day, because he loved running. It not only prepared him for his time traveling hardships, but he also mentioned running feeling so great, feeling that he was free - instead of subject to not being able to control where he was going, running made him feel he was in control, made him forget about his little time traveling "disease" type thing. And I don't know about you, whether you're a time traveler or not (haha), but I would be even more devastated if I had no feet left. Wow that would be sad, I wouldn't even want to live anymore.

message 10: by Ann (new)

Ann Freeman Etta was German, and probably was not black. I grew up in the 60's and many middle-class families, not just wealthy families, often hired black women as household help. Nell's race is never named, as I recall. Neither is Peter's. Either way, it would seem to be realistic, not a stereotype. Kimy does have some misuses of the English language, especially with verb tenses, but that is not atypical for a second or third language. She speaks English much better than I speak German, for example.

message 11: by Molly (new)

Molly I totally agree with your issue with her seeing him one last time when she is in her 80s, particularly with the fact that he told her that it would happen. Once he died, that should have been her chance to finally move on-- perhaps develop some goals for herself, possibly meet someone else who is more dependable. However, because of the "jump" we have no reason to believe she did anything other than continue to wait for him for those many years, even though *we know* that, if nothing else, Alba's time travels would have made her life fairly interesting. The jump basically suggests that she is nothing when he's not there, and there is no reason that should be true.

message 12: by Kei (new)

Kei Thanks for your review. I normally don't allow reviews to help me decide whether or not I want to read a book but this and maybe one or two other cases is the exception. I am so glad, after reading a few reviews, that I chose to simply watch the movie instead (I saw the movie for the first time two nights ago and REALLY loved it - Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams offered stellar performances). I am thankful to the directors and producers of the movie, for leaving out all of the "truly awful" things in the book that you've mentioned, lol. Sometimes the movies are just better. They can see where the author went wrong and flesh out the beautiful story that is at the core.

message 13: by kisha (new)

kisha I absolutely loved your review. You said exactly how I was feeling but couldn't put to words. Great review.

message 14: by Jane (new)

Jane Your review sums up my thoughts precisely.

message 15: by Sruthi (new)

Sruthi Sums up how I felt. The movie was much better in the sense that you could actually buy into their relationship.

And perhaps because it's been a long time since I read the book, but I've seen the movie recently, the pregnancy bit was the most emotional part for me.

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