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The Time Traveler's Wife: Vintage 21 (Vintage 21st Anniv Editions) Paperback – 4 Aug 2011

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  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage (4 Aug. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099553988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099553984
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.5 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,358 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 580,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters(2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape.

Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was recently serialized in the Guardian and will be published soon on the Cape Graphic list.

A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University's Houghton Library.

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"At its core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book... startlingly original construction" (Observer)

"I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel... utterly convincing" (Daily Telegraph)

"Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish" (Guardian)

"Wonky, sexy, incredible" (The Times)

"Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide - an elegy to love and loss. Niffenegger is a master at saying the unsayable, so here's something unsayable especially for her. 'lanoitpecxesikoobsiht'" (Independent on Sunday)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Dec. 2005
Format: Paperback
I was lent this by a friend, and I actually thought that I might not enjoy it. I am often put off by American authors, and it had the look of either sci-fi or a wishy washy romance novel. It was neither. An extremely powerful novel that provides a beautiful portrayal of love under difficult circumstances, and people at different stages of their lives. I couldn't put it down, and was in tears at the end, even though you're prepared for what happened. A marvellous novel. I'm lucky I didn't judge by appearances and ignore it.
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274 of 289 people found the following review helpful By Liz on 29 Jan. 2004
Format: Hardcover
At first glance, this book might seem like a gimmick book - the idea of a man who time travels to various parts of his own, his wife's, and other's lifetimes seems like a plot gimmick that won't hold up beyond the first chapter, but it's not! In fact, the whole time-travelling thing is just a vehicle for one of the most moving, tragic love stories I have read in quite a while.
The Time Traveler's Wife tells the intruiging story of Clare and Henry, who meet when Claire is 6 and Henry is 36 but marry when Claire is 20 and Henry 28. It describes in dramatic detail, their unusual meeting, and their lives together and not. Their story is full of up and downs - Clare can never be sure when Henry will disappear next, where to, or when he will come back. This adds a certain fleetingness and intensity to their relationship, particularily the earlier parts. As the book continues, it adds more flesh and detail to the two central characters; their friends, family, and relationships before and after they met each other. This ensures that the characters are well developed and described - not just reflections of each other.
This book is beautifully written, poignant and incredibly moving - I would recommend it highly.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By maya j on 31 July 2007
Format: Paperback
Although this book is not one of my favorites, it is interesting and worth reading. 'The Time Traveler's Wife' is about a man who has a bizarre ability to travel back and forth in time but has no control over when and where it will happen. During one of his time traveling moments, he meets the love of his life when she is just a girl, and they proceed to have a friendly relationship as he pops back and forth, in and out of time, as she ages to maturity. The incongruity of this situation makes it difficult for them to have a "normal" relationship, and as the girl turns into a young woman, she "waits" for him, because she decides he is the "ONE". At first I was a bit mesmerized by how the author could go back and forth with dates and times and how she got them right. I found myself flipping back and forth calculating ages and dates, thinking how difficult it must have been to make sure all of that stuff jived. Unfortunately in doing this, the story loses its momentum. There are some side stories concerning friends, parents and interesting time traveling encounters, but there were a few holes left open, and it was a little longer than it needed to be. Additionally, there were times when the story seemed like it was bordering on inappropriate, considering the ages of the main characters and their love story. I was also a bit disappointed with the ending. It really builds, and there are things you expect are going to happen, but they don't, and you're wondering, "Why didn't she put that in there?" To read it just for the wonderment of the time travel thing Audrey Niffenegger concocted is worthwhile, and it is a very unusual way of developing a love story, but I recommend it with reservations.
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378 of 408 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 July 2004
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Bought this after browsing through people's book lists on this site (a great place to find new books!) and finally started reading it yesterday. And finished reading it. It's a massive book so that should give an indication of how much I enjoyed it!
Reading other reviews here should have already given you an idea of the story's content, so I suggest you do what I did and just buy it. I tried not to let myself be too influenced by the reviews here, other than by being convinced that I would enjoy it - and I was right. I really, really enjoyed it and read it on the outward and return journeys on the train (3 hours each way).
The story is highly original and told from the points of view of Clare and Henry at different points in their lives. This is quite confusing at times but you soon get used to it. What's different and intricate is that you're reading the story out of synch, because Henry can exist in different times as he time travels through his own history. This in itself makes for an intriguing read.
But for me - the crux of the story is about love. Call me an old (young actually) romantic but I just loved this aspect of the story. Before you assume anything, I'm not your typical chick-lit reader - in fact I avoid it like the plague - but this is not typical chick-lit. It's so moving and beautifully told that I had to try not to cry on the train, and spent a long time thinking about it after I'd finished.
I know this review doesn't really say much about the plot but that's because I really think you should buy it and read it with an open mind. Prepare to be entertained - you'll laugh, wonder, and probably cry.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 July 2005
Format: Paperback
I am a cynical scientist who gets tired of badly-researched books and films that rely on bending science slightly to achieve the impossible for plot reasons. But this was different, because the premise was so preposterously impossible, and yet so simple, that I didn't mind. Do you know what I mean? You accept the impossibility of Star Trek's transporter beam - just gets people from A to B - but get annoyed at the holodeck, because it sort-of creates people that sort-of become real, and exist outside the holodeck, but only sometimes, and they have personalities that are still really inside a computer, I think, and it all gets very confusing and inconsistent.
When about halfway through, I accidentally packed this book in a suitcase on the way back from holiday, and was really REALLY annoyed that I missed two un-interrupted hours of solid reading of it. I finished the book fifteen minutes ago. Thankfully, I finished it at home on a Saturday and not on the way to work on the Tube, where random London strangers would have been staring at me whilst I blubbed my eyes out. Go and read it.
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