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The time traveler's wife : a novel (edition 2003)

by Audrey Niffenegger

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Title:The time traveler's wife : a novel
Authors:Audrey Niffenegger
Info:San Francisco, CA : MacAdam/Cage, c2003.
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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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I liked the premise of this better than I liked the execution. I think my biggest problem was that, at times, Niffenegger has some glorious shining moments of language and insight -- this, however, is juxtaposed against these other scenes of flat chummy-style conversation. However, the story itself kept me going, and I as I said, I liked the premise. I also liked that Niffenegger makes no bones about the fact that this is Straight-Up-Sci-Fi/Romance. She allows her SciFi/Time travel elements to have rules about the way it works, and she sticks to them, and acutally *uses* them to create narrative tension.

Perhaps if I'd read this first, instead of her second book "Her Fearful Symmetry" which I found utterly luminous, I may have liked it better.

I would still recommend this to readers, as I can see why people liked it. And I'm glad to know that her books get better and better. ( )
  aliceoddcabinet | Jul 25, 2015 |
I really liked this book, I thought the story was fairly original and the author does a great job at showing the emotions/passion between the two main characters. I would have to say you need to read it twice, things that happen in the beginning make much more sense later in the book and it's just easier to read it over almost right away. There are a few things that bothered me that seemed unnecessary to be in the story at all. Overall a good book that can make you cry. ( )
  GrlIntrrptdRdng | May 14, 2015 |
YALSA Alex Award. RGG: Very strange story about a relationship between a man who time travels and therefore meets his wife as a child. Some explicit sexual scenes.
  rgruberhighschool | May 1, 2015 |
I thought I would add this review since I noticed it's being made into a movie. Interesting premise. He has like a genetic disorder and he time travels without being able to help it. He meets his wife for HER first time when she is a child and he is like 40 or something, but in real time they are close to the same age. HIS first time meeting her in real time was when he was like in his 20's or something like that. It's been a while since I've read it. Oh, and when he time travels, there's a little complication. He loses his clothes in the process. Wonder how the movie will handle that... ( )
  KR_Patterson | Apr 28, 2015 |
I had a hard time getting engaged with this novel. It's long--536 pages--and I set it aside halfway through, almost giving up on it. But I kept seeing it on a number of "recommended books" list, so I finally picked it up again and finished it. The second half was more satisfying than the first, but I still was looking forward to my next book.

It may be that my problem is that I am a guy and this is a romance. All the same, I couldn't very well connect with the characters. Though in their narration the two protagonists (the time traveler and his wife) make some digs at yuppies, yuppies is essentially what they themselves are. She was raised on an estate with servants, he is the son of an opera singer and concert violinist. They party, go to concerts and nightspots, and talk a lot about tastes in music, food, etc.

There's also something about Henry (the time traveler) I didn't find quite convincing. Due to a genetic disorder, at times he dematerializes and vanishes to another place/time. When this happens, nothing goes with him--no clothes, etc.--which makes him extremely vulnerable and he has learned to live by tooth-and-claw in order to survive. By necessity, he has learned how to pick locks, steal, and violently defend himself. The disruption this generates in his life, along with all its uncertainty, has to have had a profound effect on his personality. And indeed, we're told that before Claire (his soulmate) came into his life he was a rake and a cad. But once he makes Claire's acquaintance, he's a completely sympathetic character.

I know that love is supposed to conquer all, but can a person's personality be re-molded all that magically? ( )
  kvrfan | Apr 25, 2015 |
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Um, I don't say this very often but I could NOT finish this book. I originally chose it as my 'April Book of the Month' because I was challenged to read a book that has been sitting on my 'to-read' list for WAY TOO LONG and also one that I had tried to read before but didn't get through. Feeling like I hadn't given this book a fair chance, it seemed like a no-brainer choice. However... it just isn't a book for me. I made it MUCH further than I have in the past (approx. 200 pages) but the fact that I am not 'craving' the read that I normally do, I know that I am done. This book will be entered into the vault, never to be seen again (at least by these eyes).

I'm sad to add a book to the 'couldn't finish' list, but... life is too short to read something I am not enjoying!!
The triumph of the book is the triumph of normality, of setting up a decent family life even if you are constantly dissappearing from it, of being loyal to somebody with what Niffenegger finally explains as a genetic dysfunction - chrono-displacement, as she calls it.
added by mikeg2 | editThe guardian, Natasha Walter (Jan 31, 2004)
"The Time Traveler's Wife" can be an exasperating read, but as a love story it has its appeal: Refreshingly, the novel portrays long-term commitment as something lively and exuberant rather than dutiful and staid, evoking both the comforts it brings us and the tribulations we learn to live with.
Niffenegger, despite her moving, razor-edged prose, doesn't claim to be a romantic. She writes with the unflinching yet detached clarity of a war correspondent standing at the sidelines of an unfolding battle. She possesses a historian's eye for contextual detail. This is no romantic idyll.
added by Shortride | editUSA Today, Kathy Balog (Sep 24, 2003)
About halfway through Audrey Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, you realize you're going to be devastated. You love the characters, you're deeply involved in their lives, you can sense tragedy coming and you know it's going to hurt. But there's no way you can stop reading... Niffenegger structures the novel clearly enough that the timelines never get tangled, and her writing is so strong you'd keep going even if you did get confused.
added by Shortride | editBookPage, Becky Ohlsen (Sep 1, 2003)

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Clock time is our bank manager,
tax collector, police inspector;
this inner time is our wife.

Man and Time
Love After Love

The time will come
when, with elation,
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

Oh not because happiness exists,
that too-hasty profit snatched from approaching loss.
But because truly being here is so much; because everything here apparently needs us, this fleeting world, in which some strange way keeps calling us. Us, the most fleeting of all.
. . . Ah, but what can we take along
into that other real? Not the art of looking,
which is learned so slowly, and nothing that happened here. Nothing.
The sufferings, then. And, above all, the heaviness,
and the long experience of love,—just what is wholly

—from The Ninth Duino Elegy, RAINER MARIA RILKE,
translated by STEPHEN MITCHELL

Elizabeth Hillman Tamandl
May 20, 1915-December 18, 1986


Norbert Charles Tamandl
February 11, 1915-May 23, 1957
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It's hard being left behind.
Saturday, October 26, 1991 (Henry is 28, Clare is 20)

Clare: The library is cool and smells like carpet cleaner, although all I can see is marble.
Henry: I didn't know you were coming or I'd have cleaned up a little more. My life, I mean, not just the apartment.
I imagined my mother laughing at me, her well-plucked eyebrows raised high at the sight of her half-Jewish son marooned in the midst of Christmas in Goyland.
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The Time Traveler's Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpredictably time travel, and his wife, an artist who has to cope with his frequent absences and dangerous experiences.
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A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.

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A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant. An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.… (more)

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