Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Time Traveller's Wife

Title: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Author: Audrey Niffenegger

Date Finished: December 15, 2009

Personal Book Count: 54 out of 100

Rating: 3 out of 5

Genre/ Subject: fiction/ time travel

First Line: Clare: It’s hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he’s ok. It’s hard to be the one who stays.

Summary: from the back cover-

“When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity form his life, past and future. Henry and Clare’s attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it’s about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.”

Why did I pick this book? : it was a Christmas gift last year through the library thing exchange.

Review: This book has been reviewed to death. I’m not sure what more I can add to what has already been said. I am glad I read it. I really like Clare and Henry, and more importantly maybe, I really like them together. I like the way that the author tackles time travel. I like the close, understanding group of friends they have gathered around, very much like family. The storyline was a little hard to follow at first, with all the different ages and dates. But if you stuck with it, and followed the flow and the rhythm it began to be easier to follow. Kind of reminds me of knitting, if you let go and trust the pattern, it eventually works. The other thing this book did was add to my list of goals. I would really like to see the Newberry Library one day. I love the descriptions of it, and would be great to see it with my own eyes. Now the negative stuff. I loved this book for the first half. Definitely on my list of favorites this year. And then the second half got repetitive. I think it could have been 100 pages shorter, without losing much. Then at the end, it maybe went a little too far. Some of the situations that were covered, well, lets just say there was some shock content for me. And not necessarily in the good way. And the end was a little anticlimactic. Did it take away from some of my enjoyment of the book? Possibly. Will I still recommend it to people. Definitely. In fact, my copy will be passed on to my mum. If you’ve read it, or if you read it, please tell me what you think… =D

Agree? Disagree? Recommendations? Any insights, suggestions, or comments on the book or format, or blog at all are most welcome. If you have read this and/ or review it yourself, please let me know. Can you think of any books like this? Give me a recommendation! =D


Anna said...

Oh, I hate anticlimactic endings! Sounds like Breaking Dawn...lol.

I wonder if I'm the only person who hasn't read this book? I hope to at some point.

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Lissa said...

I wouldn't rush out and get it, but i would totally put it on your to be read list =D