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The Time Traveler's Wife [Paperback]

Audrey Niffenegger
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6 Jan 2005 Vintage Magic (Book 4)

This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry and Clare's struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; New Ed edition (6 Jan 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1616794267
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099464464
  • ASIN: 0099464462
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,302 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,343 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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"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"--The Guardian

"Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide - an elegy to love and loss."--Independent on Sunday

"Magical - memorable... poignant, amusing and intensely moving portrait of a unique relationship - quirky, romantic, and kept the right side of cute"--Mail on Sunday

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271 of 286 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books I've read in ages 29 Jan 2004
By Liz
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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374 of 400 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, moving, original 16 July 2004
By A Customer
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
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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152 of 168 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Time Traveler's Wife 2 Jun 2005
By A A
I fell so deeply in love with the main character, Henry DeTamble that I was actually depressed for days after finishing this book! It is very rare that you read a book that totally immerses you. Audrey has developed characters that are so real in an emotional sense that they pull you on the journey they go through. I really felt the highs and lows that Henry experienced particularly the loneliness and isolation he often felt when 'leaping' through his own past and future. The relationships in the book are beautifully written and it is impossible not to connect with them. I loved the way that Audrey explored the different levels of Henry's relationship with Claire from guardian and father figure in her early childhood to lover and husband in her adult life. The beginning of the book was a bit complex but towards the end of it you wonder at the simplicity of it. I have found myself since finishing the book imagining and wondering what will become of the characters and implore Audrey to write a follow up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
By Sazikal
The timetravellers wife is now going to be put onto to my 'favourites' book shelf. It's basically a love story with an almost sci-fi twist.

I don't want to give too much away but the concept of the book is about a man who travels to different times without control. His wife Clare meets him for the first time when she is 6 and he is 36. However he meets her for the first time in his 20's. Although the timetravelling aspect of this book gives it the 'twist', the book is really about the charcaters love for each other and how their relationship develops.

Each chapter starts of with a label of Clare or Henry and details both their ages. Although initally this is a bit confusing, for me it turns out to be one of the best features of the books as you get to see the realtionship and emotions from both sides.

Be warned this book is emotionally moving. There are parts where I laughed out loud and many parts where I cried for a variety of reasons. All in all it is an excellent book and well both reading! I have already read it twice!
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Though time travel is well covered in literature in many aspects and by many authors over time, the idea which sits behind this book is unique in my opinion. Read more
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