The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Harcourt)
Grade: 4 stars out of 5
Summary: “A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventurous librarian who involuntarily travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whole 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.”
Review: Wow—this book floored me. It was the intricacy of the whole tale that blew me away. I could only imagine how the outline of The Time Traveler’s Wife was a ’itch to create. Niffenegger moved the plot forward, planned what was to come—how it affects this and that—insert a few flashbacks of what you already know--heartbreaks, heartaches, heart confused—then bam! you’re back to where you started out from. It’s like taking a ninja with the general shape to a circle in the middle yet there are other pathways you can take, somehow leading yourself back to the original road.
Both characters were quite strong (even if the reader dislikes them at times) with plenty of faults. Clare is always waiting for Henry, during her youth and during her marriage, for he always disappears. I felt my heart being tugged while she tries to retain that hope and vigilance. But what really tugged my heart was Alba. Opps. Mild spoiler alert.
Okay it’s rather hard to write this review. *waves arms around* There, poof, we’re done. At any rate I want to ask the people who’ve read the book and watched the movie. Which was better? Or were they both great in different aspects?