Tuesday, July 29, 2008

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Book Cover for The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerThis extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing. The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's passionate love for each other with grace and humour. Their struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control is intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

I absolutely loved this book! It is just such a startling unusual story, although somehow the same as other but the novel way of telling the story (or rather the novelty of Henry's CDD) makes it refreshingly new and beautiful. I cannot say much more about this book, other than I think everyone should read it. This is one I think I might have to go out and buy for myself one day :) (it was a Bookclub book, thanks to J9!)


Anonymous said...

I loved this book, but it's not just a light read. :) Which is also okay. The ending was...surprising. Not saying more as I don't want to give anything away to people that still have to/want to read it. :)

phillygirl said...

@jane - nope definitely not a light read :) That's why I like to alternate my books!

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