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The Time Traveler's Wife

Niffenegger, Audrey (Book - 2004 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Time Traveler's Wife


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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.
Authors: Niffenegger, Audrey
Title: The time traveler's wife
Publisher: Orlando :, Harcourt,, 2004, c2003
Edition: 1st Harvest ed
Characteristics: x, 546 p. ;,21 cm
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Statement of Responsibility: Audrey Niffenegger
Notes: "Harvest reading guide"--P. [4] of cover
Summary: 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.
ISBN: 015602943X
9780156029438
Branch Call Number: FICTION NIFFENEGG 2004
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This book was amazing, definitely one of my new favorites. It isn't the typical love story, but I love it all the same. The story revolves around Henry, a man who time travels (mainly to the past) without any choice. He doesn't know when he will disappear, but when he's gone, all that's left are his clothes. Naked, hungry and lost, Henry has to find some sort of way to make it until he travels back. Then he meets Clare. Clare has known Henry practically her whole life, the first time when she was 6, he was 43- time traveling to the past. But Henry didn't start meeting Clare until he was in his forties so when she randomly sees him at 28 and her 20 in the present, the two fall in love. This was a great story, the characters were timeless. I loved Clare and Henry, as a couple and as individuals. Both had such great opinions and were perfect for each other. The author did an excellent job in keeping the reader interested, as the book was constantly switches time periods. I really loved the foreshadowing in this book. It was knowing something was going to happen, but not really knowing the full story until later on. This book is not just about a time traveler having adventures, but also about his wife who waits patiently to come home even when she is worried, sometimes she is happy when he is gone so she can be alone- but she is always happy when he comes back. I'm really hoping for a sequel, as you can only have that feeling of reading a great book for the first time once. I'm not sure if I ever read a love more powerful than of Henry and Clare, tehre fit one another so perfectly like a jig saw puzzle with only the two of them as the pieces. And thats just it. When one piece is gone, the puzzle is never really complete. But maybe you can enjoy the puzzle as it is, even though it isn't the same it will constantly remind you of that piece that fit properly only on you, and that will bring sadness- no doubt but there is also this sliver of joy. The fact that you were with someone who knew you inside and out, and those moments-no matter how far away they are, are pricless. “We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment.”

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  • molmil8 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The is a rather long book, and the one I had was tattered. There is a good reason for this; everyone finishes it! The time-shifting can be confusing at first but you get the hang of it. Beautifully written and an intriguing story. Movie is good as well, but as always, read the book first!

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  • waltzingechidna rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is a remarkably beautiful story that can be enjoyed on many levels. It's a love story, of course, and the reader can simply go along for the ride, enjoying getting to know the characters and following them along the twists and turns of their lives. But it also asks serious questions about the nature of love, and of time, and of how it is that human beings get to know one another anyhow, without insulting the reader by answering them. Though it's very far from being hard science fiction--I'd put it somewhere in the speculative fiction spectrum, probably close to magical realism with an extremely realistic feel--it tops my list of science fiction for people who don't like science fiction.

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  • librarygirl_6 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

One of my all-time favorite books set in Chicago.

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  • WVMLBookClubTitles rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

In this strange and emotionally charged debut novel, Henry is an accidental time traveler, never knowing where and when he will go. He meets Clara when she is six years old and he is thirty-six and he already knows that she will become his wife. They eventually fall in love and try to live a normal life but find this next to impossible, as Henry must constantly confront his past and future selves. An evocative and often sweetly funny story about love and separation and how time determines so much about our lives.

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  • CristaTheClerk rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I love the concept of a mutable timeline. Though heartbreaking, this was a well told story indeed.

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  • Tamaralynne rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A joy to read. Read the book first and then watch the movie.

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  • tegan rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A beautiful love story. Don't let the time travel component turn you off.

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  • zipread rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Time Traveller's Wife --- by Audrey Niffenegger. --- Wow. Great. Super. Touches all the right bases. Couldn't put it down. Poignant. Keeps you guessing even though you fear you know what the future holds. This would make a fantastic movie. What? You say it's already been done? Figures. But I'm glad you're gonna read the book before you see the film. There is SOOO much more to the book than what the film version can handle.

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  • WormsBookChief rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I very much agree wiht the previous comment. Our club loved it and found it frustrating. It was very hard to follow at times, but became more readable as it went on. A fascinating concept. The movie we found was a disappointment, mostly due to casting, but that's personal opinion.

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  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare's attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force that 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.

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Other: The book takes your heart, makes it all warm and fuzzy, and grinds it under it's heel.

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Ingrid commits suicide.

Sexual Content: A bit of sexual content, but it's always pretty tame in that regard.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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  • kateygrange rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

"I wish for a moment that time would lift me out of this day, and into some more benign one. But then I feel guilty for wanting to avoid the sadness; dead people need us to remember them, even if it eats us, even if all we can do is say "I'm sorry" until it is as meaningless air."

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  • mbazal rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

"We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment."

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  • BookGurl36 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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