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February 01, 2005

The Time Traveler's Wife

I started this book after reading an review of it on someone's knitting blog. At first I thought, eh, it's going to be too science-fiction-y, but I was wrong. It took a little about 30 pages to get into it, but the book soared beyond my initial take and expectations. Much more than a science fiction story, this is the story of Henry de Tamble and his struggle with chrono displacement disorder, a disorder that makes him inadvertantly disappear and then reappear at different times of his life. It seems very complicated at first, but you learn to get into the swing of things as you read along.

It is in his time-traveling that he meets his future wife, him as an older man and her as a young girl, and you learn of the struggles they must overcome to make their love, and eventual marriage, work. This is truly a love story above all else, but it doesn't fall into the sappy mushyness it could have, and, most importantly, the love story doesn't get lost in the science fiction aspect of the story.

I've been recommending this book to everyone I know; it was that good.

Posted by Lisa at February 1, 2005 07:58 AM


I agree! And the other thing I loved about this book was the stories that the author either did or didn't include. The book could have easily been 600 pages. But he kept the plot tight and interesting.

I loved it!

Posted by: Cece at February 1, 2005 01:36 PM

I know this is a bold comment... but this book is the best book I've ever read. It is a book I still reflect on, six months after reading it. A wonderful, rich, complex, satisfying, devastating read. Great review!

Posted by: Liz at February 1, 2005 05:51 PM

I had resisted reading Time Travellers Wife (even had it in hardcover) but then picked it up this fall. Changed my life. I have now bought 10 copies that I have given away to the people that mean the most to me. I loved it. Like Liz, I think about it from time to time. Amazing - and a first time novelist too!!! I would read it again for book club - I have now voted for three books. Is that allowed?

Posted by: Leanne at February 1, 2005 07:41 PM

Oooh! I loved this book, and I think it would be a great pick for March... If I remember correctly, there's even questions for book group discussion in the back. At least in the paperback version I bought.

Posted by: Jackie at February 2, 2005 04:19 PM

My brother gave me this book for Christmas (It was on my list), and I absolutly loved it.

It took me a chaper or two to compleatly grasp the flow of the book, since reading time travel can get confusing, if you're not sure how the author is patterning it.

As I read it, I kept talking about it to my friend Sam (I know he wouldn't read it, so I wasn't spoiling it), and his room mate expressed and interest in the book, which was amazing, as he doesn't read.

I would definanly read it again, even so soon, and would love to discuss it with other people. I vote for March, too.

Posted by: lisa at February 4, 2005 02:39 PM

I saw this book on the end cap at Barnes + Noble right after it was published and I recognized the name of the author. Audrey Niffenegger taught some classes at Columbia College in Chicago on their Book and Paper Arts division. I had worked with a young designer who had interned with her and had once told me that I jsut had to meet her. I did take classes in bookbinding at Columbia but I never met Ms. Niffenegger.

Though after reading TTW, I feel like I did get to meet her. The book was so wonderful. Full of heart and heartbreak, it was a truly beautiful book. It reads very quickly and the details Audrey includes about Chicago are spot-on.

For an ex-pat from Chicago, it brought the city alive to me (extra bonus!). Everyone I know who's read it, loved it.

Posted by: solane at March 18, 2005 12:27 PM

I just started reading the Time Travelers Wife and I'm loving it. I had the same trepidations, I was afraid it might be to "science fiction-y" but so far it's not at all. Great read.

Posted by: Esther at July 3, 2005 10:44 AM

Yep. This book was awesome. It totally made me want to be a librarian. It's been more than a year since I read it and my heart still aches for Henry and Claire.

I've always been a sci-fi fan, but that has nothing to do with why I liked this book. My favorite books always play around with genre (and often have a good love story to boot! lol).

Posted by: emily at August 10, 2005 02:51 PM

The Time-Traveller's Wife is the best read I've had in decades. It reminded me of A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle. I am not a true fan of sci-fi but these two authors created believable worlds. I didn't want TTTW to end, and look forward to the author's next book!

Posted by: Trish at September 25, 2005 09:20 PM