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.
An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.
Powerful, well-written, original
By Diana - September 4, 2003
"The Time Traveler's Wife" is one of the most interesting, powerful books I've read in a long time. Audrey Niffenegger did a beautiful job taking some of the most complex ideas - time travel, marriage, love, children, friends, literary and artistic allusions, religion, death, drugs, childhood, growing, loss, and what it means to be human - and weaving them together poetically and with amazing clarity. Her characters are wonderful, "real" people with strengths and flaws, and I really grew to adore them. Despite skipping around time at the same rate as Henry, the time traveler, the events are sequenced in such a way that you still witness each character's growth as a person, as well as discover many surprises along the way. Clare and Henry's story is one of the best love stories I've read in a very long time. This book also echoes important modern-day questions about the appropriateness of gene therapy, and what it means to be a human being. I highly and... read more
Clever and Compelling
By crazyforgems - November 16, 2003
I admit: I am an easy touch when it comes to time-travel books. I have loved such diverse books with this theme as "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court", "A Wrinkle in Time," and "Time and Again."I was not disappointed by "The Time Traveler's Wife." The book both moved me and challenged me to think about a number of deeper issues in life (most notably, the true meaning of love in a romantic relationship). The underlying story concerns Henry, a librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and Clare, his artist wife. Henry suffers from CDP (Chrono-Displacement Order) which whisks him from the present to another point of time (usually the past). One minute he may be in the stacks of the Newberry Library in 2003, the next minute he may find himself in a field (probably naked) in Michigan with his future wife as a child sometime in the early 1980's. The author does an excellent job of sequencing the book. Even though Henry is... read more
A empty soul of a book.
By KTFaye - September 21, 2009
I truly enjoy time travel books, and so I was looking forward to reading this novel. I was utterly disappointed. Rarely have I run across a book where virtually every character just annoyed the crap out of me as much as they did in this one. The people in this book left me cold and I had no feelings for virtually any character, but most especially Clare.
Characters don't have to be likable, that's not what drama is about. The problem here is the author is all about tell not show. The writer tells us that Clare and Henry are devoted beyond all reason but we see few instances. I'm not talking romance novel crap, but hey how about an actual conversation once in a while. But we don't see into Henry or Clare's hearts even though, amazingly, the story is told in their voices. Almost everyone in the book is flatter than slab of sidewalk (except for the a couple of secondary characters who at least had racial cliché to fall back on) and therefore there was little... read more