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5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless, 29 Mar 2005
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This review is from: The Time Traveler's Wife (Paperback)
I have just finished 'The Time Traveller's Wife' and I am still reeling from the fact that there is no more left for me to read. I enjoyed the book so much I just didn't want to finish it, and tried in vain to put off reading the last few chapters, as a pathetic attempt to make the experience of reading the book last longer!
It was one of the most original, touching stories that I have ever read in my life. The tale of Henry and Clare's romance was so unique and intensely interesting that I will have trouble ever forgetting it.
The words 'time-travel' would normally stir up thoughts of science-fiction and Michael J. Fox, but the book effectively uses the concept as a way of playing out a romance over the course of several years. Henry has a rare condition that causes him to randomly time-travel to different points in his life, something which he has no control over. As Henry moves back and forth throughout different decades, Clare must wait for him, patiently. Never sure when he will appear and never sure of when he will disappear, Clare's love for Henry reamins a constant, steady force in a world of instabilty and disruptiveness. As the years pass and their love grows stronger, Clare must learn how to cope with a lover who never stays in one place for very long.
A complex intelligent novel, Niffenegger's first work of fiction is a rare thing - a truly orignal story that keeps the reader gripped to the very last page. What's more, the book is a deeply romantic love story which raises intelligent questions about the concepts of time, fate and destiny. I am not an overly-romantic person, but I must confess that I was blown-away by the story of Henry and Clare's love for each other, and I was moved to tears more than once. Clare is an adorable character, beautiful and intelligent, an artist with a passion that burns as deep as her long, auburn hair. Henry, whose chaotic life provides the axis for the entire novel to revolve around, is deeply constructed by the author, a man whose life is never steady, yet who remains grounded by one thing - Clare.
Absolutely stunning - you have to read this book
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