The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

A Novel

Paperback - 2004
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Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife , is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's marriage and their passionate love for each other, as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals -- steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Vintage Canada, 2004, c2003.
Edition: Vintage Canada edition
ISBN: 9780676976335
0676976336
Characteristics: 518 pages ;,21 cm.

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Amyode2
Jun 14, 2019

One of my favorite books

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Lady_Librarian
Jan 09, 2019

This was my third time reading this book. It has been years (5+) since I last read it and my rating is going from a 5 star to a 4.5 star. There were some cringe worthy moments in the first half that made me want to re-title the book "The Time Traveler... oh yeah and his Wife." I did still really enjoy reading this book.

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the_axolotl
Oct 21, 2018

im not crying youre crying

The characters in The Time Traveler's Wife are so intricately made so that you fall in love with them, fearing the danger that is foreshadowed. Henry and Clare's relationship, struggles, and worries are so real and described thoughtfully. I really liked how Audrey Niffenegger switched point of views every once in a while.

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Anita_Dickey
Sep 06, 2018

I read this book to fulfil a goal read a book about time travel. it is also part of the Listopia challenge 300 books everyone should read at least once. It was a bit confusing in parts. i watched the movie too. that helped me understand the book a bit better. the book has some more detail though. the movie left out a few of my more favorite sences. i thought it was overall a good book. once you got the hang of the narritive it was a pretty interesting story.

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deebitner
Aug 26, 2018

The first half of the book was an odd mélange of vaguely misogynistic wish-fulfillment fantasy, bad romance novel, and EW EW EW EW EW NO AGH. Henry clearly isn't appreciating Claire for who she is when she's younger, but for who she will be, and his very care about her being child makes it in-my-face squicky for me. He can't stop thinking of her as a sex object, even as a kid. GROSS. I am not at all a fan of this - he could have enjoyed knowing her as a little kid, at least. I could not get past it. I tried.

Then there's the misogyny, where she's so good at sex! And they have sex! A lot! She's the most incredible lay ever! It must be love! And flowers and valentines rain from the ceiling. I'm not a romance reader, so I'm not sure if this is par for the course - in which case I shouldn't read them - or unique to this story, but it didn't impress me at all.

The second half was a half-decent book that was torpedoed by anvil-levels of FORESHADOWING DID YOU SEE THE FORESHADOWING DID YOU HUH HUH and then had an ending that even wimped out on itself. Again, maybe my fandom is making things rough on me, but this plot didn't feel new and fresh or even old but freshly taken. It just felt routine.

Meh. I give it two stars.

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Gryphinx
Apr 11, 2018

I really like the film, so I had high expectations for the book. Certain parts ended up being a complete slog to get through though, and I felt like the book could have been trimmed by a good hundred (or more) pages. I found myself quickly skimming over entire chapters of boring subplots, and many long winded paragraphs describing things like multiple dreams a character had that night, or entire chapters about a sculpture that is being worked on. There are still a lot of things to like though, the characters, story, and writing are all well done, and the story starts out interesting and really picks up in the last quarter or so of the book again. The film focuses on every interesting plot point, and throws out the boring subplots, so I would say I actually prefer the film to the book (heresey, I know).

ArapahoeHollyR Jan 30, 2018

The only love story I have ever enjoyed. Elegant prose paired with an innovative plot that can win over even the most romance-resistant readers.

CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 21, 2017

Clare and Henry are madly in love. Even though Henry has an illness that can send him to the past or the future when he gets stressed.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 05, 2017

The Time Traveler’s Wife is a love story between a time traveler and his wife. This novel is a little bit confusing to read due to the misplace in time and all the incidents around time travelling. What amazed me the most in this novel is the love between Henry and Clare for almost a century: they first met when Clare was six and they are still in love when she was 82. However, this love consists of mostly Clare’s waiting, she is always waiting for Henry to come back from unexpected time travels, she is worried that he will get hurt, she wants him to be with her, forever and ever until the end of time even though it’s impossible. Normally I am not a fan of science fiction, but the romantic elements are brought to full play in this novel, which make it more attractive to me. Relatively speaking, this novel is long with around 550 pages. In general, The Time Traveler’s Wife reminds me of the peacefulness and beauty of love. Rating: 4/5. @Vayne of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

This book is not for ninth graders. Unless you're into super boring things like romance and big words, this book is absolutely boring. I made the hideous decision of buying it, and that's the worst accident I've ever made. I never finished it and don't intend to, and the only reason I tried to read it was because a friend told me to. It was terrible, boring, and just dragging on and on with no regular plot -- at least for the first 40 pages.
- @SecretBlossom of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I first heard of this book when I was watching its film adaptation. After that, I needed to get my hands on this book. After all, if the movie was THIS good then the book had to be a thousand times better. And it was. There was just something magical about it. In a world where love is materialistic and conditional, this story reminded me that life isn’t perfect but it’s still beautiful. I’m not going to spoil the book for you, but as a warning: read with caution, this book may break your heart (the ending is very bittersweet). I know that many people my age would probably not appreciate this book as much me, but, I guess I’m just a hopeless romantic. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ssaradd
Apr 14, 2017

You know those books that you can read over and over and never get tired of? That feel like a warm bed when you're reading them? This is that book for me. Although not particularly profound or even good reading, I love this book.

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ClaireThomason Dec 17, 2011

Other: The book takes your heart, makes it all warm and fuzzy, and grinds it under it's heel.

ClaireThomason Dec 17, 2011

Sexual Content: A bit of sexual content, but it's always pretty tame in that regard.

ClaireThomason Dec 17, 2011

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Ingrid commits suicide.

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mbazal
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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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mbazal
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Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Ketly
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Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Ketly
Mar 19, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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kateygrange Jun 17, 2011

"I wish for a moment that time would lift me out of this day, and into some more benign one. But then I feel guilty for wanting to avoid the sadness; dead people need us to remember them, even if it eats us, even if all we can do is say "I'm sorry" until it is as meaningless air."

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mbazal
May 09, 2010

"We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment."

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mbazal
May 09, 2010

When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare's attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force that they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler's Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it's about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.

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