Book Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife – Audrey Niffenegger

imageWith this book, I did something that I do not usually do – I watched the film first! Well, after enjoying the film so much, I decided that I just had to read it. After all, books are nearly always better than the film! I have to say, I was not disappointed at all!

The Time Traveler’s Wife is Audrey Niffenegger’s debut book, and it was published in 2003 and was a National Bestseller so it isn’t a new book! (Yes, I’m just very late!) I do believe that it wasn’t as popular until the film was released, but that is just my thoughts. I hadn’t heard of it before that so it could just be me that was in the dark! She’s written many books since, and I need to get around to reading some! (Any recommendations are welcome!)

Anyway…

A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger’s cinematic storytelling that makes the novel’s unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

I want to apologise now in case I spoil you – but you have been warned!

Now I will admit, that at times this book can be confusing. The time travel sort of takes a little to get used to, and it did take me at least a quarter of the book until I fully understood the travel! I really liked how it took a while to actually meet Henry in the present. The future Henry is the ‘main’ character I would say, as he is the one that appears the most.

The story is interesting – I can’t be the only one who loved the fact that Claire just knew him from a young age, and she was waiting for the ‘present’ Henry whilst talking to the future one! I also liked that there was an actual reason for the time travel, rather than it just being ‘magic’.

I really loved the characters. Henry’s dramatic life events play a big part in the story, and with his time travelling. The things that he has to see over and over again really make you feel for him. And then there’s Claire – often left alone as an adult, wondering where Henry is and when he will get back. It sounds sort of depressing, but I assure you it’s not all sad!

I’ve seen a lot of bad reviews about this book, which I was pretty surprised at! The majority of reviews seem to be from when the film came out though, so I wonder if media played a part in that. Hyping it up so much, and then people just not really getting what they thought they would when reading. Maybe I like it so much after seeing the film… I think the film was a brilliant adaptation and that doesn’t happen very often!

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  • Paula Gibbens

    I loved the book and the movie. Eric Bana was fantastic as Henry, I couldn’t believe that this was the same guy who played Nero in the Star Trek movie. If I’ve read the book first the movie is constantly a disappointment but not the other way around. If the movie is good it allows you to picture the cast as characters. I also enjoyed her other book Her Fearful Symmetry, which I have to say was ‘different’.

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