The Time Traveler's Wife Audrey Niffenegger When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. He is a hip librarian; she is a beautiful art student. "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. 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.

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Amazing and charming. I don't understand the hype about this book. I found it cheesy and predictable - not in a good way. The emotional level "The Time Traveler's Wife" brings is off the charts. It maximizes sadness and entertainment both to the high level that you just can 't stop reading … Show more Show less.

I work until I'm tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that's been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence? Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity.

Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow? Henry: How does it feel? How does it feel? I'm good with someone getting beat up, or some silly naked embarrassment I wasn't happy with the ending Now What You really should read it and then watch the movie.

It's a different way of handling the story, so that's why I suggest both. Ultimately, it's the kind of book where you think you love it, but then things start falling apart in your mind about the gaps and the confusion But this is one you need to check out for yourself. Just go in knowing it's not a brilliant and perfect piece of literature. Still a good story, and possibly a bit higher than a 3 on my scale, but I'm sticking with the rating. About Me For those new to me or my reviews I read A LOT.

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Many thanks to their original creators. 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. 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 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. Obviously, there's always the immediate connection between Henry DeTamble and Billy Pilgrim, both of which are unstuck in time, Henry because of a bizarre disorder and Billy because of an existential break-down possibly hightened by Post Traumatic Shock Syndrome I believe that's what it's "technically" called, but don't quote me this is also a literary theory I find to be too easy of an excuse.

But also I found parallels between TTW and Octavia Butler's "Kindred," the story of a black woman pulled back through time by one of her ancestors, a white slaveholder, to the period before the Civil War.

The interesting thing I found about both of these are the link between Dana and Rufus in "Kindred" that defies time and space, and an almost identical link between Henry and young Clare as an agenda to look at the concept of "soul mates. Another aspect that struck me was the idea of time being a biological construct, which was like "holy shit rock on!

If I were a little more awake, maybe I could expound a little more about why that interested me so much. But to that effect, it did bother me a little that Niffenegger told her story more or less linearally, despite the constant jumping back and forth that Henry undergoes.

I almost wish the whole thing was like that, with very little linear telling [which of course would be problematic with Clare's perception of events; hmmm.

And this probably wouldn't have been so bad if Henry hadn't lost his feet and could do nothing else but wait for his final moment. I felt that Henry was such a dynamic character and that he would have been one of those types of people who burn out instead of fade away, if he were a real person, but in the narrative he's not given that chance. When he flashes back to that morning at the Meadow I wanted him to be running when he's shot, not simply appearing, getting shot, and returning to the New Year's party.

And the story kept going after! Which, granted, it is actually more of Clare's story she is, of course, the time-traveler's wife and gets the first and final words of the story , and this does illuminate Henry's ever-present being in time and space. And then maybe he's not so much fading away as he is always existing. I don't know.

I have mixed feelings about it. View all 7 comments. 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 I think that this book did have an interesting premise, and in another author's hands, could have been fantastic.

But most of t I am not a romance reader by nature. But most of the time while reading this, I just kept feeling, well, manipulated and skeptical. All I kept thinking as I read this was how implausible it all was.

And I'm not just talking about the time-travel. Just to forewarn you, this long really long Ranty McRanter Review may contain spoilery stuff.

This book's description says "[ Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap[ Uh huh. A trap of some kind, anyway. My biggest issue here is that Clare's life has been entirely determined by Henry, with a little help from his unknown ally, the Catholic Church.

Henry's told her what her life is and will be: She will be his wife. And because of her Catholic upbringing, the concept of predestination is not at all foreign to her remember, God has a plan for us all , and so she accepts it as a matter of course.

She sees him as her closest friend, the person who knows the most about her in the world, the person who loves her the most in the world, and as a young girl who is just starting to form ideas about romantic love, I'd imagine that to her he's like a God.

An all-knowing he knows her future but mysterious because he won't tell her about it, or anything about himself , unconditionally loving I don't think I need to explain this one , metaphysical or supernatural being time traveler, remember?

I don't think it's much of a stretch, honestly. So, leaving aside the paradox of their relationship technically being impossible they only meet in the present because of Henry telling her where they will while visiting Clare in the past , it strikes me as incredibly unfair to Clare that from 6 years old, when she meets a naked man claiming to be a time traveler in the meadow near her house, her life becomes tethered to Henry.

Now, I can see a 6 year old accepting a story of a time traveler.

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A 6 year old's imagination is a wild thing, and children can accept and cope with concepts that would drive adults to drink. But as Clare gets older, and learns more about her life with Henry - that they are married, specifically - it becomes less and less plausible to me that someone would be able to accept that.

How does she know that he's not lying to her, or manipulating her into the life he claims she will live with him?

She doesn't know anything at all about him other than the fact that he shows up naked in her yard repeatedly and claims to be her husband in the future. To me, the time travel itself isn't enough evidence. He could be a time traveler AND a liar. It just seems to me like a waste. A waste of a life that Clare could have had that would have been fulfilling and satisfying without Henry in it. Considering the fleeting nature of their relationship, and the massive extent of time she spent waiting for him, I just don't think it was worth it, and to me, Henry is incredibly selfish for pursuing that life for her.

The waiting is just endless And here's where it gets confusing, because Henry believes that the past can't be changed to affect the future, right? So, 42 year old Henry meeting 6 year old Clare in the past leads to 28 year old Henry meeting 20 year old Clare in the present. It's destined because 42 year old Henry's past contains that meeting at But, Henry's theory is kind of crap because the whole thing is a paradox.

And this is another reason why this book felt manipulate-y. I feel like we're not supposed to examine it in this way, and just read it for the love story and the heartbreaking sadness that this time-travel thing causes in the time traveler's wife's life. We're supposed to see this as an epic romance. We're supposed to see the relationship as the central focus, we're supposed to accept this at face value as everyone accepts Henry's time travel and 20 years worth of him gallivanting around naked in the Newberry Library without losing his job, which is completely plausible, of course and not give it too much thought, because if we look too closely, we can see there's not much there.

Henry is described as something of a player by everyone but Clare. A cheater, a heartbreaker, emotionally unavailable Not one time. Ingrid who we don't see with Henry in a Clareless present is the bitter, devastated ex, and whatshername Celia? But I don't download it. Pics or it didn't happen, as they say. If you're going to claim someone's a player, you need to back it up - in real life and in fictional time travel stories.

Show him time travel back and interrupt his younger self mid-affair. Then I'd believe it. Henry knows what's going to happen, and therefore he doesn't even try. He just sits back and let's the future come to him. Kendrick's going to be his doctor because he is. It happens because it has already happened. So no need to get all rowdy and make an effort or anything.

There's absolutely ZERO conflict in this book. Henry gets arrested for indecent exposure on a freeway in ? Conveniently he disappears before he's booked. Want something? Take it. Something's weird? Family troubles? Just introduce your new wife, then all tension is gone. If there's a snag, it's always a momentary one, and it always works out in the end. Where was I? Oh yes, characters. She is This is going to be unpopular, but Clare is just an older, slightly very slightly less annoying version of Bella Swan.

She has no life other than Henry. Her friends become his friends because it's not like he has any of his own. Oh, wait, his old Korean babysitter counts, I guess. Her life is completely engrossed by his and there's no part of it that is Henryless.

She's completely devoted to this guy who had to ship in an extra to appear at his own wedding because he's too unreliable to actually be there in present time. Just the kind of life every girl dreams of on their big day! D Oops, close, but not quite!

Supposedly Clare's an artist or something? Something like that. I guess. I live with an artist. There's art and art supplies and potential art supplies and scribbles and drawings and markers and paint and art This creative need. So when Clare is described as making stuff like 3 times in the book, complete with step by step directions and an accompanying Create-It-Yourself! I don't see her as being an artist.

I see her as being a toy that Henry picks up and plays with when he's around, and who sits on the shelf and waits for him to come back and play with her again when he's not around. And when it's convenient aka: That's not character development, that's just lazy. Oh but wait, you say, what about the bird sculptures? Oh right, those, how could I forget, because they were so massively important to the story that they were mentioned like one time. Henry's job is mentioned a bazillion times, and Clare's work mentions I could count on one hand.

For real. Why is there not more TO Clare? And, speaking of shopping lists, seriously, I don't need an entire recipe recitation for each and every meal they eat.

And the kinds of meals they eat are ridiculous. I don't believe that a 20 year old and her 2 punk-rock rebel anarchist roommates are drinking merlot and eating wild mushroom risotto. I can't even roll my eyes enough at that shit. But that's not even the best. I mean, Niffenegger's descriptions are insanely long anyway the quality of the light glinting off of this or that, dew on the thinger I don't care about at all, the texture of the whatchamajig, blah blah blah but at one point Henry is unpacking groceries and EVERY.

I counted. Unlike Clare, I am not fascinated by celery stalks and cans of creamed corn.

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Another thing that really bugged me were the miscarriages. There were times that they were written in such a way that I wasn't sure if it was a nightmare of Clare's or reality - I'm still not sure, but I think it was supposed to be reality. I admit to skimming quite a bit, so maybe I missed something.

Blood-soaked sheets and bed, and a little tiny fetus breathing its last in her hand? Maybe Niffenegger isn't familiar with the stages of fetal development, but lungs are pretty much the last things to develop, so that's just She cheated on her hubby with her hubby while in bed with her hubby, who is sleeping.

But hey, that's OK.


Toward the end of the book there are quite a few events that feel manipulative in order to cause a certain event. Henry's feet are important to him. This is drilled into the reader time and again. He runs because he needs to run when he time travels and lands somewhere buck-naked, raising all kinds of suspicions.

So of course, something happens to his feet. Not just one, which would have had the same effect, likely, but BOTH. For the shock value.

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And to me, it was just not necessary at all. And the repercussions from that event are We're supposed to be crushed. I think this book is doing it wrong. I won't lie and say that I wasn't affected, though It was because I imagine myself in the position of losing someone I love, and know how heartbroken I'd have been.

But then I get angry, because in the goodbye letter he leaves for her, the one in which he tells her to live her life and be happy, he mentions - just as an aside, you know!

And that leaves her waiting for him again How horribly selfish do you have to be to do that to someone? Is that a comfort? I don't think so. I think it's exactly the opposite. It's torture to make someone wait in uncertainty for over half their life for one brief momentary visit. Such a waste, and the more I think about this book, the more I find to dislike in it.

It's not romantic, it's depraved. I could go on, like about how the different perspectives were written and how even with the abrupt shift in POV I could never tell who was narrating unless I either checked or got lucky and one was talking directly to the other, because there was no difference in character voice at all, but the longer I do, the more annoyed I get, and I have better books I could be reading.

View all 28 comments. Jan 31, Heidi The Reader rated it did not like it. A big no thank you to The Time Traveler's Wife. To the legions of fans of this book, I'd like to know what you enjoyed about it. What did I miss? I see that it's won a pile of awards- I feel like I completely missed something and I would like to understand your point of view. I thought I was in for a sweet romance but all I got was a time traveler who cheated at the lottery, beat people up for clothes, and engaged in sexual hijinks with time traveling versions of himself.

I was completely creeped out by the fact that Henry is Claire's best friend from the time that she was 6. She was groomed from that young age to be his wife, no matter that it wasn't consummated until later.

How awful is that. When she is essentially date raped, she doesn't go to the police, Claire goes to Henry who engages in some vigilante justice.

It was horrible what happened to her, but she should have reported it to the authorities. The yuck factor from a bunch of places absolutely ruined the book for me not to mention that fact that Claire never really had a childhood or life at all without Henry in it.

That's not romantic, it's sad. Anyway, my apologies if you loved it. Like I said, I am willing to consider other opinions on this book- I just really can't recommend it.

View all 23 comments. He pops into and out of the life of a woman who ends up being his wife. This book gets some points for an original concept, but unfortunately, it is atrociously written. Secondly, there are tons of rants in the book, which is really just the author using her characters to voice her own tastes for example, a whole scene devoted to punk music and the punk scene as if the author were reliving her youth, which adds nothing to the characterizations.

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Read it if you like chick flicks. View all 13 comments. 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 I loved this book. The science fiction is a medium for a love story, not a cheesy or unrealistic besides time travel which she makes believable one, but a deep enduring love in for the long haul of life and hardship, told from both his and her perspective, and how time travel affects their lives and relationship.

It starts when Henry meets Claire for the first time and she is ecstatic to finally have found the love of her life in the present. Henry must get to know this stranger introduced to him as his future wife and Claire has to nurture him into the man she loves. As you relive scenes from Claire's past and Henry's future you see how they fall in love, at different times with someone already madly in love with them, and conquer the challenge of his disorder.

Because their relationship is non-chronological, you discover events out of order--as do they--making the story interesting and leaving you with the same sense of longing the characters feel. I thought the odd age difference, Henry playing father figure to the girl who will be his wife, was handled well instead of pedophileish, as was the delve into both Henry's and Claire's minds and emotions although I wish their voices differed more to get a better grasp of how this condition would affect normal life.

I really cared about these characters. Henry trying to protect Claire and Claire left wanting. In one scene she is racing to meet him after a prolonged absence and he fades before she can reach him. I felt for her, what she had to sacrifice to revolve and dedicate her life to him. Some of the minor characters strange and distracting, but overall the story is powerful and vivid. One is left to question the origin of fate and ethics. Does the past affect the future or the future the past?

Or is it all predestined? Claire knows what dates Henry will visit because he gives her the dates he memorized from her diary and told her to write down so he could later memorize them.

Where did the knowledge originate? How would you explain and hide abnormalities? What would you consider ethical in playing with time? I didn't have a problem with the thievery he transfers nude but I did with using money knowledge from the future. There is a lot left to contemplate. Be forewarned, there's a lot of loving in the story, and not just the act, but the dirty reference to the deed as well.

I think Niffenegger must have wanted to steer clear of being too cheesy so she regrettably went too far the other direction. Many of the sex scenes are graphically portrayed, but there is one scene, only hinted at, the idea of which almost made me close the book. Gratefully the concept didn't linger, but unfortunately the language did. Gratuitous and unnecessary for the story, oh but what a story. They really captured the longing, the sense of being guided trapped even by fate.

Well played too.

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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. Because I'm only reviewing my favorite books -- not every book I read. Consider a novel's presence on my Goodreads bookshelf as a hearty endorsement.

I can't believe I just said "hearty. Aug 04, Aishu Rehman rated it liked it Shelves: View 1 comment. 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.

The time tr Very few books have ever made me cry. The time traveler is Henry DeTamble, only child of two musicians, whose mum died in a car crash when he was 5 he was saved only because, due to stress, he time travelled outside the car - which reminded me a lot of the tv show Charmed one of my secret, now not-so-secret, indulgences , in which Paige "orbed" out of the car crash which kills both her parents - could Niffenegger be a fan also?!?

His time traveling is genetic, like an imperfection or flaw in his genetic code. He can't control it, and it causes more than a few problems in his life.

When he travels, he does so suddenly, and turns up in the past or the future, completely naked, with no idea of where or when he is. But he's not completely vulnerable - he taught himself in one of those mind-bending scenes that only make you ask, Yes, but how did he teach himself? This creates not just problems in his social and love life, but also in his job - he's a librarian and his colleagues think he has some kind of kinky thing for running around naked in the stacks.

When he's 28, he meets Clare Abshire for the first time. Only, she's known him since she was six. He starts time travelling to her past after he's met her in "real time".

It's a disorientating experience for him, to be confronted with this beautiful, red-haired, 20 year old art student who knows a great deal about him - if not his life, certainly his personality - and, though he doesn't know it yet, even lost her virginity to.

It's a bit disorientating for us, too, but it's like riding a bike: This is a love story, and a tragic one at that. Because I like to be optimistic, I began reading this in the expectation of a happy ending. I didn't get it, but that's not really what made me cry.

I cried because I had invested so much of my own emotions in the characters, I had come to care for them, to feel for them and hope for them, that the ending shattered me. I cried for Henry, I cried for Clare, I cried for their passion so early ended and the loneliness with which Clare must now live with, despite the child they managed, after 6 miscarriages, to have. Despite that, I didn't get a strong feeling of Chicago, nor a great mental image of it.

Perhaps because Henry is all over the place, and Clare's parents live in a different state, or perhaps because the author fails to really get across the true elements of the city, which I have never been to.

I've read several books lately that kept going long after they should have ended. The Lovely Bones , for one example. Not so here. It's a long book, at pages that just flew by, but in those pages you really get to know Clare and Henry and the characters, friends and family and doctors all, around them.

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The time travel element is what makes this an ambitious book. Keeping track of their lives, of the insights and hints and clues divulged in one sequence, with when it happens in "real time".

At first, I had a sharp eye, looking for slip-ups. By the end, I had to admit I couldn't find any. Although some things are never returned to, like Henry divulging his secret to Gomez, a lawyer in love with Clare but married to her best friend, because he will help him out a lot in the future the Henry doing the divulging is from the future, and so knew Gomez a lot better than the year-old Henry Gomez had met just the night before - but this is never returned to, there is no more clue as to what kind of legal trouble Henry gets into, no trials, no arrests Henry is often arrested for things like indecent exposure, but always "disappears" before they can fingerprint him and find out who he is.

Perhaps it did get a bit melodrammatic toward the end. My perception is clouded, now.If you haven't read this book, I urge you to do so. Vote in the poll and ratings. Spinning Silver. That her commitment to him overshadowed other choices she could have made in life - well, I thought that was pretty realistic and understandable.

This is drilled into the reader time and again. Just because something is popular does not mean it's good. Oh yes. 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 I'm only adding this book because it annoys me that it popped up on the "most popular reads.