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The Time Traveler's Wife (edition 2004)

by Audrey Niffenegger

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Title:The Time Traveler's Wife
Authors:Audrey Niffenegger
Info:Mariner Books (2004), Paperback, 560 pages
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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

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I became completely mesmerized by this book, which is actually sort of logically unsatisfactory--the premise that someone lives his live chronologically out of synch while intersecting with a central (love) interest who experiences time sequentially is fascinating but irritating too. Having said that, and with a doomed and tragic ending well foretold, I still spent late nights trying to sneak in more pages--and exercised unusual discipline in not skipping to the end of the book (although the author sort of made this transgression unnecessary, with the "real" foreshadowing liberally sprinkled throughout. Good love story too, although
I have to agree with one review I skimmed which said: these people have better sex, the perfect child, and are financially blessed (through genes and prescience)--what's the point!? Perhaps I was mesmerized by the thought of a central romantic lead who was by vocation a librarian... ( )
  LizHD | Mar 25, 2015 |
ok so I didn't get very far into this book and it dind't hold my attention...jumps around to much for me and it was just plain boring. It didn't "draw" me in. This goes on my to sell list ( )
  christih | Mar 1, 2015 |
A love affair that occurs through time.
  RachelHollingsworth | Feb 27, 2015 |
What ages would I recommend it too? – Twenty one and up.

Notes for the reader:
Reasons this book is not okay for people under 21:
1. Excessive, and explicit sex scenes occur frequently.
2. Drug use and abuse of all types.
3. Alcohol abuse, and under legal age alcohol use.
3. Excessive swearing.

Reasons this is a good study of Time Travel:
1. Can't take anything with you - including clothes, fillings, or items.
2. A good example of how time travel affects those around the time traveler.
3. A good example of how time travel affects the time traveler.
4. It shows how addictions (drugs, alcohol, and sex) are often used as an escape from reality.

Length? – Three days to read.

Characters? – Memorable, several characters.

Setting? – Real world, last four decades.

Written approximately? – 2003.

Does the story leave questions in the readers mind? – What happened to Clare and Alba during the intervening years?

Any issues the author (or a more recent publisher) should cover? Yes. By the New Year's party at the end, many characters haven't been on the page in a long time. Even though I read this book for the second time in three days, I couldn't remember who they all were. There needs to be an appendix with the characters and their relationships so readers can review who is who. Actually, the last two pages are in backwards order in the copy I have.

Short storyline: A complicated jump back and forth through time. Clare mostly follows a straight timeline, while Henry jumps back and forth, and confuses himself and those around him.
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  AprilBrown | Feb 25, 2015 |
The Time Traveler's Wife is the only book where I've considered giving it 1, 2, 3, 4, and five stars at some point. It started off with a strong quality in the writing, which was at first a story about two people coming together. After that, I feared about misunderstanding what the story was about. But the beginning was simply a purely intimate exchange between two people. I thought that by being fated to be stuck together, Clare and Henry lost some free will. Like their high point was consuming an arranged marriage like it occurs mostly in the third world.

But maybe they never compromised at all. Maybe, compromise is a portmanteau of "comme promis". There is some arbitrary French and even more German peppered through the story. Also bands and music artists' names. References to art. I can imagine that the writer is making a comparison between free will and destiny, and life and art. You see, I never bother about guessing the writer's intent in most books. And in my current avatar as an Amazon customer, I've read primarily mysteries. But here the subject is so private that I'm anxious. But that in itself is impossible and silly.

It's also nice to ruminate about the titular character. Clare is the time traveler's wife. The title could not have been the time traveler's child, for example. I think the last chapter decides the earnestness of the whole book, and is the latter's spine. I wish I had read this beautiful story earlier. My God, how could they make a mess of adapting the book for the big screen? The movie is absolutely dreadful. The author remained inspired throughout, and the book never loses steam. I have read about Henry and known him in a way not possible in other mediums. I would, however, not like to meet him. Like Gomez said, he's not right. It's safe to conclude that the meeting with Clare tempers Henry's devilish side. This is not a science fiction story. It's not perfect. If the book WAS perfect, I'd say 'read it and weep'. But I did not, so it's not. ( )
  Jiraiya | Feb 21, 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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Hope, WilliamNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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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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