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message 1: by Deborah (new)

Deborah I agree with you - I still had to give it a five because it was so engrossing, but the ending left me feeling very disappointed. I don't want to say more because I don't want to spoil it, but grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

message 2: by Alya (new)

Alya I felt the same way about henry's death. I didn't have time to "mourn" him - and to tell you the truth I really wanted to! I got emotionally attached to the guy and after reading the first quarter of the book, I started to develop pity and genuine compassion for this guy who must feel really exhausted from all that time-travel. And having to end up in places and situations no one would ever want.

When I first read that he lost his legs, I was, like, WHAT?? NO WAY! This can't possibly be the end because its ridiculous. But when I got to the part where he dies, i found out the significance of that event.

message 3: by Melisa (new)

Melisa i agree as well. i also would have liked more on clare... i recognize that waiting is a major (if not the major) theme of the book, but i wanted her to have a life while waiting for that last visit.
but ultimately the story was simply beautiful.

message 4: by Jason (new)

Jason can you expound more on the biology of time?

message 5: by Kirstin (last edited Jul 21, 2009 08:13AM) (new)

Kirstin I agree with Melisa. It's not Henry's fate that's so depressing - he was doomed from the start and it's amazing that he lasted as long as he did - it's Clare's. Waiting is one thing. Lifelong depression to the point that you can't even be happy for your daughter's sake is another. After Clare's extreme determination to have a child, I felt she ended up robbing Alba of both her mother and father. I loved the book, but Clare's ending was absolutely terrible.

message 6: by Greg (new)

Greg Exactly my thoughts. Take the message of the first majority of the book ("use the time you have to love"), then chuck it out the window when Henry starts to deteriorate. It's fine to read about the character getting repeatedly beaten by life, but what makes it bad is that she stopped writing the love in their relationship at the same time. The characters didn't do anything to cope, they just got into fights and resigned themselves to fate instead. Dealing with "old age" physical problems is not a joy, but if you have a caring partner, things are much easer.

message 7: by Elisabeth (new)

Elisabeth I felt he had to die once he lost his legs because he couldn't survive time travel without them. I felt that was a foreshadowing of what was to come (his immanent death). I also was surprised at how he died. I liked how the author alluded to it in the middle of the book, then "wham!" he dies in the end and that put two pieces of the puzzle together nicely, and it made that middle part more significant.

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