Audrey Niffenegger - The Time Traveler's Wife

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Great Reading - In Any Time Zone

Jan 18, 2010
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Pros:Enjoyable, easy-reading

Cons:Some violent and gory parts

The Bottom Line: Whenever I find myself missing characters and thinking about them when I'm away from the book - I know it's a good book.


My book club decided to read this book and it coincided with a vacation I took so I read this book all the way to Jamaica and back to Texas.  By the pool, in the plan, or back at home on the sofa next to my TV watching husband - this book is great reading.  It seems like a lot of pages but it reads very quickly.  I was worried that I wouldn't finish before our club meeting but I'd easily read sixty pages or more in one sitting.

Time travel is not always easy to pull off yet Niffenegger does it easily and with a plausible explanation.  She really had to expend some brain cells on this one - like could a traveler meet up with themselves at a different place in time.  She really makes it believable.

But the book is not even close to science fiction.  It's a love story - plain and simple.  Clare has loved Henry, the traveler, just about her entire life.  But because she met him when he was an adult who had traveled back in time, he didn't always know that he loved her and had some wild encounters in his every day life.  There is a sort of happy ever after - for as long as that lasts in a book where time is irrelevant.

And even though time is irrelevant, each section starts with a date and the current age of the main characters.  However, I read past most of the dates - I didn't find them as important as The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society's dates.  On occasion, I'd flip back to see what the date was, but for the most part I just read straight through and was able to keep my place on the space-time continuum.

We were sparked to read this book because the movie was released.  However, after having read the book - I don't think I'd want to see the movie.  Years from now when it comes out on a free TV channel I might take a peek at it, by then I'll probably have forgotten all the details of the book.  But there are some parts of this book that, while okay to read, I would not enjoy watching on a big screen.  There's a lot of passion, but there's also quite a bit of pain, especially towards the end.

I was surprised to find at the end of the book are a few pages of questions to be used for a book club meeting.  I like these questions better than the ones provided with The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society


Recommend this product? Yes


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