The Time Traveler's Wife (Harvest Book) Paperback – 5 Jul 2004
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"Moving, but worth the heartbreak" (Glynis Barber Daily Express) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Destined to become a word-of-mouth classic like The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint or The Giant's House, a funny, moving, utterly original first novel --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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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.
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.
This book moved me so much - I laughed and cried. I can't remember the last book that affected me so much. This is a huge book, both in terms of length and themes. It is a beautifully crafted elegy to love, longing and absence. The time travelling concept takes a little getting used to but this is what gives the novel its unique charm. I'm not a sci-fi fan at all but the author handles it with a lightness of touch. It is essentially a love story with a difference. Henry and Clare's relationship is portrayed so compassionately without ever being maudlin. The bitter sweet ending left me in floods of tears - it was as if Henry and Clare were people I knew. There have been a lot of comparisons to "The Lovely Bones". I loved that book too but "The Time Traveler's Wife" is still with me five days after finishing it. It is so rare to find a novel that is original, well written and unafraid of taking on some big themes. The only problem I have now is finding another book to match it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
On my third or fourth re-read and yet still I find it a joy. Not one to read on public transport though, unless you don't mind crying in public!Published 10 days ago by CharlieBob
Since I was reading all the amazing reviews about this book I decided to buy it and read it. This was clearly a mistake since this book is one of the most boring books ever. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Geor g
Timeless and extremely moving. A thought provoking read which made me both laugh and cry. I would highly recommend to anyone.Published 1 month ago by Jennifer H.
Very very clever and interesting - but actually the whole "love story" didn't grab me that much.Published 1 month ago by pikeman
This book took me on a roller coaster of emotion and ultimately had me bawling my eyes out. Glad I read this before the movie came out as I would have been put off. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Sazzletee