Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

Summary: A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who involuntarily travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.

My Review: The storyline seemed simple. Boy meets girl, relationship is tested by his constant time traveling....etc., etc. And I thought that could have been a great book, even in its simplicity. What I found was a novel that absolutely moved me.... to tears, to anger, to the thrill of uncertainty, and most of all the belief that true love can overcome any obstacle.

Before I go on: yes, I am aware that this book is fiction.

The characters in The Time Traveler's Wife come to life very quickly. I consider it great writing when I can't even identify why I liked the characters as rapidly as I did. Henry was handsome, sexy, and struggling with the emotional struggle to end ALL emotional struggles. Although the book touches only briefly on his childhood, he is compelling as both a juvenile as well as an adult.

Clare's childhood, on the other hand, is brought to life with mysterious encounters with a man, later identified as Henry, when she is six, seven, eight and beyond (I can't say more with out spoilers). This sounds like it would be inappropriate, and perhaps in any other novel it would be. But the meeting are beautiful, mystical, and very emotional, especially as Clare comes of age.

Throughout the novel, you see the two deal with not only the normal "married life" problems, but also a whole different set of obstacles that bring out the best and worst they have to offer. Challenging their love, and their very sanity.

If any book could be described as a roller coaster, this is it. It has a way of going and on and on and on.....but you still can't believe it when it is going to end. A wonderful story, beautiful characters, and exceptional in it's eclectic style.

(Side note: don't be discouraged by the confusion that overtakes you during the first chapters, it will all equal me)

My Rating: 5 Stars (post-edit: For more sensitive readers, there were some moments of extreme profanity in this book.)

Sum it up: This book will be a classic.


Gerbera Daisy Diaries said...

I've not read this book because I've heard that the "language" is awful -- specifically the F Bomb. You've not mentioned it -- was that an issue???

Sweet Em said...

From what I remember there is a lot of sex and language.

That said, this is a book that meets my compelling and non-manipulative standard for novels. It is intense and bad things happen to the characters, but they "need" to happen for the story to be, ahem, real. I think I'd give it a 4.5-5 as well.

I'm glad to see that it the movie is rated PG-13. That means my husband (and his sweet innocent mind) can see the story without the R-rated stuff.

Jodi said...

Thank you for such a positive review on this book! I whole-heartedly agree with your review! I absolutely fell in love with it right from the beginning! But yes, I was very surprised by how frequently the "F" word was used. Definitely a huge negative for me, but the story was just so wonderful. The thing is, there was no other swearing--only the "F" word--but yes, if you are sensitive to that, I would not read this book. It also did have some inappropriate scenes, but that was not nearly as offensive to me as the language. Still yet, a wonderfully creative story. A must read if you can overlook some bad language.

MindySue said...

Definitely some f-bombs and, even worse in my opinion, the use of the "C" word on more than one occasion.

I can pretty much reiterate what everyone else has said. I loved the book, but there was MOMENTS of profanity. Basically WHAM you get hit with some big words and then the story moves on. So, read at your own risk. If profanity bothers you, then it will probably bother you in this book.

Kim R. said...

Yes, as said before, it is used. I am not particularly sensitive to that type of language(military husband)but it WAS there. I did not find the sexual content offensive....I though it was wholly appropriate to the storyline.....
But yes, I should have mentioned the language.

Heather said...

I adored this novel and would give it 5 stars as well. Overall this was a love story with a bit of mystery and some action to round it out. A true delight to read.
There was some offensive language but for the most part it fit with the storyline. The sex scenes, although not modest, were not overly inappropriate either. This is one I will recommend to others and read again myself.


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