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The Time Traveler’s Wife

Posted by melagee on July 25, 2009

I had been rereading “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger, in anticipation of the movie adaptation that’s coming out next month.  I had to stop because I ended up loaning out both of my copies, but that’s alright, I know the story pretty well.

If you aren’t familiar with the book, I highly recommend it.  I devoured it in about two days, and have bought it as a gift for about 10 people now, all of whom have loved it.  It’s a beautiful book, and I am eagerly awaiting Niffenegger’s next novel.

The story is about a man, Henry, who is afflicted with a strange disorder that causes him to be shunted back and forth through time.  During many of his jaunts, Henry spends time with a little girl named Clare, who grows into a woman over the course of several years and several visits from Henry.  They find each other as adults and prepare to spend their lives together, while trying to find a way to deal with Henry’s disorder.  The first time Henry meets Clare, he’s about 33 and she’s 28.  The first time Clare meets Henry, he’s 6 and he’s in his 20s.

It sounds like a science fiction novel, but it’s not.  And I don’t say that to disparage science fiction novels.  I think we’ve established that I love science fiction.  This just isn’t that type of book.  The fact that Henry moves back and forth through time is, while essential to the story, almost a non issue in terms of what is real and what is possible.  Henry’s affliction, though rare, is something that happens to others and is treated as a medical condition.  He might just as well have high blood pressure.

This is a love story.  The absolutely enduring love between Henry and Clare, who end up feeling at one hopeless and optimistic.  They are one of my favourite couples of fiction, and Audrey Niffinegger is fast on her way to becoming one of my favourite authors.

You should go read it.  As for the movie?  I can’t say yet, but I have a bad feeling.  How can any movie do justice to a book I love so much.  My advice?  See the movie, but read the book first.  Yes, reading the book may ruin your enjoyment of the movie, but I guarantee that watching the movie first will influence how you read the book, and that’s a damn shame.

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