The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey NiffeneggerThe Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife

byAudrey Niffenegger

Paperback | June 15, 2004

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This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry and Clare’s struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
AUDREY NIFFENEGGER is a visual artist and a guide at Highgate Cemetery. In addition to the bestselling novels The Time Traveler's Wife and Her Fearful Symmetry, she is the author of three illustrated novels, The Three Incestuous Sisters, The Adventuress, and The Night Bookmobile, and the editor of Ghostly. She lives in Chicago and Lond...
Title:The Time Traveler's WifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:560 pages, 8 × 5.17 × 1.26 inPublished:June 15, 2004Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0676976336

ISBN - 13:9780676976335


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book! Interesting and romantic idea for a story. Very entertaining.
Date published: 2018-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Book This is one of my favourite novels of all time. I've read it over and over
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I read this three times I loved it the first, hated it the second, liked it the third. I'm not even sure what to think!
Date published: 2018-08-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Time Traveler's Wife Such a great love story! Loved the concept of this book.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from All time favourite I must have read this book 5 times. I love the way it is written. The story is amazing. Can definitely get involved
Date published: 2018-06-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My Favourite! One of my all time favorites! It is a love story like no other and can be re-read over and over again.
Date published: 2018-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Most Favourite Book Ever Poignant, sad, funny, relatable -- a beautiful story about love, loss, time, and what really matters in life.
Date published: 2018-06-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from OK Read An interesting take on a love story. Sometimes it felt stalled and slow at times.
Date published: 2018-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from original idea, great story I loved reading this book, I've read it two times, and was mesmerized each time. What a unique, original premise for this story. I recommend it!
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Such a unique love story I found the non-linear narrative to be very well orchestrated and I loved all the moments of foreshadowing. This book flew by!
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Classic This book is in my top 10. It's a great love story, unique in every way. Great flow, easy to read and hard to put down. I found myself completely immersed in the characters. It has so much more to offer than the movie, and I recommend this to anyone who likes love stories, and tales of time travel.
Date published: 2018-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not the greatest book, but not that bad either An interesting read, though it gives a sci-fi feel that clashes a bit with the kind of rustic elements. The pace is weird; sometimes it moves fast and sometimes a bit too slowly. I feel maybe the author was too focused on the events and neglected the style of writing a bit.
Date published: 2018-04-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute favourite book! This is an amazing read! Read it three times so far and recommend it to anyone that loves romance novels!
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this book! Such a good read, I definitely suggest reading the book before watching the movie.
Date published: 2018-04-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The movie was better! As an avid reader, it is rare that I like a movie as well as the book it was based on, let alone liking the movie more than the book! In this case, though, I have to agree with other reviews that this book was based on an incredible idea, but that idea wasn't presented in a way that engaged me. The characters were hard to relate to, and many of the events in the story were a bit unsettling and even unnecessary for plot development. The movie actually captured the essence of the love story with all of its challenges and the bond between the characters more effectively.
Date published: 2018-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I absolutely love this book!! I've read it three times, it's so beautiful. Great plot :)
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it I had previously seen the movie (which I really enjoyed) but had heard mixed reviews on the book BUT I loved it. I thought it was well written and loved the changing of time and perspective throughout.
Date published: 2018-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put this down! I borrowed this book from a friend for my trip to China and I couldn't put it down once I started it! I didn't even want to do touristy-activities until I finished this book. Read it in two days! I couldn't stop crying the entire time! Very riveting story and so beautifully written.
Date published: 2018-02-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Good Read It started slow and at times I found it hard to follow, however, it was an entertaining read.
Date published: 2018-01-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Great Leisure Read! I got this book because I had heard of the title before. This book is a great book to read while on the go or when you are lazing around. I did not find it a book that I just "could not put down", but I liked it just the same!
Date published: 2018-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! I've read this twice and really enjoy the story. I love a romance with an interesting plot.
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Okay Read I picked this book up at a used book sale because I recognized the title and heard a lot about it when the movie came out. However, I was disappointed with it. It just didn't captivate me and make me want to keep reading.
Date published: 2018-01-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from For readers of romance, rather than time travel I would have preferred a third-person omniscient narrative for this story, but that is not a big deal. It was an incredibly interesting story, but I preferred the first half. It was more interesting before Clare and Henry were married, in her time, and they were visiting in the clearing. It was more unusual. Once they got married it got somewhat boring, like reading the life of an average married couple, not very eventful. Sure, he occasionally disappeared, but it was usually not significant to what was happening in her life. It mostly dealt with them trying to conceive. That is just not very entertaining. But, all in all, a unique and interesting book.
Date published: 2017-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So beautiful I just finished reading this book and I LOVED it. Though I have to admit the middle parts were a bit slow and made me question what the point was to adding it but I think it really adds to the characters as it lets to take a glimpse in their lives, so by the time the book ends you are deeply connected to them. The book made me question alot of things in my own life and what I would do if I were in the same situation. Dont let the title misguide you, this book is not about the adventures of a time traveller it truly is a love story between two people one of whom is a time traveller.
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Read! I've read this book at least twice now!! It's so thrilling and is a beautiful love story. Never fails to make me cry!!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyable I really did enjoy this novel. I think it was a good book to read for those who like to follow two lovers and how they can maintain it given the concept. Im not huge on romance novels but this storyline was very cute.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from PRECIOUS! AMAZING! I loved this book. Beautifully written. Genius! I couldn't put it down. When I found out it was a movie I bought it right away. Well done. I recommend this one!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intriguing Concept A different concept for a novel and heartbreaking how little time the lovers are able to spend together as husband and wife.
Date published: 2017-11-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Unexpectedly enjoyable I did not expect to enjoy this book much when it was chosen by my book club. It has grown on me and about halfway through I was hooked. I really wish that the time traveling was further explored, and the whole free will vs determinism angle was treated in more detail. I also wish more of the supporting characters were fleshed out in more detail, and that more of the relationships outside the main romance were important.
Date published: 2017-10-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic read Such a great story - couldn't put it down!
Date published: 2017-10-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVELY TEARJERKER I adored this book. You should be able to see all the pieces come together, but I didn't at first because they're all jumbled together. He arrives at various parts of his life out of order. The ending absolutely destroyed me. Bawled.
Date published: 2017-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites This is one of my favourite books of all time. I loved the premise and the writing. The story stayed with me for a long time after I read it.
Date published: 2017-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A classic. This book made me laugh and cry (several times). It's so touching and it literally absorbs you into the story. Niffenegger has a wonderful imagination and pure talent when it comes to writing. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! This book is unlike any other!! Very creative and extremely well written.
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beyond my Expectations I had heard incredible things about the book and the trailers for the movie looked enticing. I am one to want to read the book before seeing the movie, so I picked up the book. This book lived up to my expectations and than some. The story was beautiful and captivating and the characters were well developed. I found myself fully immersed in their world. The premise of the book was kind of cheesy to me prior to reading, but I found myself fully engaged in their life. The world seemed believable and the love story was one of deep, romantic love, but not so much so that you can't picture them as your friend or neighbour. I would recommend this book (and then movie) to anyone who has not yet read (or seen) it yet. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-07-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is one of my favourite novels. I've read this book multiple times and each time I fall in love with it more. I recommend this to everyone!
Date published: 2017-06-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This was the first book to ever make me cry, and I mean that in a good way. I remember sitting on my bed and just staring at the wall after I'd finished it. I didn't want it to end and yet it ended in a way that I couldn't argue. I loved every part of it and would recommend it to someone who wants an emotional read.
Date published: 2017-06-18
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Meh I was disappointed and expecting way more from this novel based on the hype it got.
Date published: 2017-05-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Read Read this book three times and still love reading it.
Date published: 2017-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favorites Definitely one of my favorite books. Such a beautifully written plot with fascinating insight on both Clare's, Henry's and even Alba's thoughts and characters.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Time Traveler's Wife I found the whole premise to be creepy and weird.
Date published: 2017-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it This novel was just full of twists and turns. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I didn't find it predictable and I enjoyed the storyline. I fully empathized with the characters and I really got lost in their world.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book I have read and reread this book many times. I live in a very small place and can only hold onto a few books and each time I have to purge this book stays. Yes it is an unlikely story however I still love it.
Date published: 2017-03-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just OK. I was looking forward to reading this book but was left disappointed. It was not bad but not great. Not what I was expecting after hearing so much about it.
Date published: 2017-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved This Story! An interesting concept and a great romance. Book and movie are well done.
Date published: 2017-03-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful read Hands down one of my favourite novels of all-time.
Date published: 2017-03-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring! I was so surprised at how much I disliked this book because all of my friends were raving about it. I couldn't even get past the 4th chapter, it was so boring and flat.
Date published: 2017-03-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A fun read This was an enjoyable read. It's quite light and easy to get through. It's definitely better than the movie although, the movie is a pretty good adaptation.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Should have read it sooner. I have had this book on my shelf for years. I finally read it this past weekend and I wish I had read it sooner. I did not think I would enjoy it, but it drew me in within the first few pages.I really enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Couldn't put the book down! This book is so good, you won't be able to put it down. The storyline is so interesting and different from anything you will have ever read!
Date published: 2017-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book!! I read this book in school and absolutely loved it, so of course i had to buy it. Love love love this book. It is definitely a book that i would read over and over again.
Date published: 2017-02-20
Rated 2 out of 5 by from The Time Travelers Wife The writing was okay. I'll give it that much but the story is so creepy. I'm sorry, I don't see what is romantic about popping in on your wife when she was a child.
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprised me! I put this off as I jus thought it sounded silly, man I just loved it, was a pleasant surprise.
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favourite <3 I loved reading this, it was so sad and sweet. <3 One of my favourite romances, cheesy for sure but just so perfect. If only this type of romance existed.
Date published: 2017-02-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A gloriously long winter escape The Time Traveller's Wife came out at a time when I was listening to more books than reading them, and the only version available on Audible was the abridged version. Since I couldn't imagine only reading part of a book, I decided to wait. My chance finally came last year when I received the book in a Bookish Secret Santa exchange (through Reddit). So, I decided to read it last summer as the 'book over 500 pages' in a book bingo I was doing, but I didn't get to it before the time ran out... so this year, I made it one of the first books I read! I could not stop reading it. The non-liniar time line of the chapters, the shifting point of view, the fascinating rules of how time travel works all made the book impossible to put down. I loved how the characters evolved through the concepts of fate and free will and chance; very groundless. I was captivated by the tiny twists and turns in the plot, and the (mostly) subtle foreshadowing. I didn't want it to end! Until the end. I wanted the unrequited sentiment to continue, rather than be tied up so neatly. I would give the book 3.5 stars if I could; awesome, but a little anticlimactic.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Modern Classic This may not be for everyone, but I loved it. It can be a difficult read, but it is lovely.
Date published: 2017-02-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I couldn't stop reading This is a very unique book! The way it hops around time is jarring but poignant and really adds to the effect of the story. This is a story of enduring love, and facing the obstacles life throws at you. You'll laugh, cry, and smile reading this book. A beautiful read.
Date published: 2017-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book I loved this easy and interesting read - a love story with a twist! Some strange parts when he travels back in time and sees himself, but other than that it is great!
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Maudlin, grim and sooo heteronormative. I keep on getting sucked into these straight romances with high-concept plots
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from heartbreaking a beautiful story that made me cry. The only thing I hated was the over-use of expletives. So un-necessary.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Time Traveler's Wife One of my favourite books. So beautifully written. So heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time
Date published: 2017-01-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting This read was very interesting but you had to make sure you were not going to be distracted when reading.
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sad but wonderful This book takes you on quite a journey. There were parts that I didn't love and the main character some times annoyed me but overall I really liked how the story was written. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love Endures All Although it took me a few chapters to get used to the constant changes in time and setting, I really enjoyed this book. I especially liked how the two timelines started distinctly separate and became closer and closer coming to the "end" in the "middle"
Date published: 2017-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best story ever So sweet and touching. Loved it from beginning to end. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the first books to make me cry I read this book almost 10 years ago and I still think on it often. loved it
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love it! Love the book and the movie!
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing My cousin recommended this to me and I wanted to love it ad much as she did but it fell short for me. The characters weren't at all likeable or relatable. The concept was a great but it was hard to follow.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story! Did not want the book to end once I got into it. The beginning was a tad confusing but helped develop the story. An enjoyable book that evoked emotion.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from fun romance likeable pov characters, interesting timeline construction.
Date published: 2017-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful love story I have re-read this novel so many times, and I never want to put it down once I've picked it up. It is absorbing and thought-provoking.
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read. Enjoyed the book so much more than the movie! This book was very sad but very well written. IT started out a bit confusing with the time jumps but comes back full circle to end it.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Really Slow and not very interesting It was a slow boring story. Had so much potential too. I stopped half way through
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this! The book is so much better than the Hollywood movie adaptation. Read the book instead!
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favourite Romance Novel This is my favourite romance novel of all time, if you consider it as a romance novel. The ending was perfect! Everything was so smartly set up that I can't believe anyone could've thought to write it. I love everyone in this book.
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved it! This book is in my list of top 10 favourite books! A lovely, yet unusual romance novel of a couple where their love bypasses time. It will leave you both crying and smiling. Obly draw back is how timeline going back and forth can be confusing sometimes.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Way better than the movie! I had seen the movie first and then read the book, and of course the book was way better! a lot more details and characters in the novel that put everything together. At times it as a little difficult to follow, but it was a very great story. the ending was so sad!
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story I knew I would love this book from the first sentence. It just had that alluring quality to it. The Time Traveller's Wife is the kind of book that makes you appreciate all the beauty around you! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I ignored my baby because of this book. As a new mom, I was enamoured with my baby. Then, I got this book on a whim, and for the entire day(which is how long it took me to consume this book), I just nursed my baby, and had her lay beside me. This book was unbelievable. It was clever, and sweet, and touching, and just perfect in so many ways. You have to suspend your belief, but if you can, you will be touched by a bit of magic. Don't worry, after 24 hours, I did go back to loving my baby.
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Adore I adore this book. It's one of my top three favourites. So beautifully written. When I finished I had to just sit for an hour and think about all the had happened. Brought me to tears! Highly recommend for an interesting twist on the classic romance.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved it Could not put it down.
Date published: 2016-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Endlessly fascinating I can't stop thinking about the lives of Clare and Henry. Oh, the implications of time travel! A wonderful telling of a story that is both lovely and devastating. I only wish there were more.
Date published: 2015-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It made me sad in a good way I have never cried so hard when reading a book. I loved the movie so I thought I'd give the book a chance and it is now one of my favourites!
Date published: 2015-01-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking, yet Beautiful I am a sucker for romance. I have a rule to always read a book before I see the movie version of it, but in this case I seen the movie before I read the book. The book was great and had me hooked in from start to finish. The storyline is beautiful, but if you're like me you will need a box tissues at one point or another! Great read and really encompasses the tale of unconditional, forever lasting love.
Date published: 2013-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Streched out - but amazing! This book is fairly long, and it might take some time to really understand the concept of time travel - but it's worth it! You get into the story and lives of the characters, feeling like you are living inside the book. It's a wonderful love story and keeps you interested!
Date published: 2012-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This I loved this book and could not put it down. It captivated me and was such a unique story. (I later saw the movie, but the book is much, much better.)
Date published: 2012-01-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just a warning I did like the two points of view. At first it was hard to get into but then I was hooked. It was captivating and real but some parts angered me, why did certain things have to happen the way they did? The ending felt rushed and so wrong to me that I threw the book at a wall.
Date published: 2011-12-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a unique romance One of my favorite books, this is a must-read for romance lovers. Beautifully heartbreaking, it kept me on the edge of my seat and stayed with me long after. Although there is obviously a time travel premise, it's done in a way that makes the reader quickly accept this as possible, at least within the context of the characters' lives. The questions that linger are about life and destiny, about relationships and commitment and loss - it is a story about love, not science fiction.
Date published: 2011-10-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful romance 'Henry De Tamble is a Chicago librarian with "Chrono Displacement" disorder; at random times, he suddenly disappears without warning and finds himself in the past or future, usually at a time or place of importance in his life. This leads to some wonderful paradoxes. From his point of view, he first met his wife, Clare, when he was 28 and she was 20. She ran up to him exclaiming that she'd known him all her life. He, however, had never seen her before. But when he reaches his 40s, already married to Clare, he suddenly finds himself time travelling to Clare's childhood and meeting her as a 6-year-old. The book alternates between Henry and Clare's points of view, and so does the narration.' This is a wonderful and quick read that is bound to have you in tears by the end, wishing you could change time.
Date published: 2011-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Deeper Meaning of Love THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE takes the reader in a special journey through time from the perspective of the protagonist Henry and Clare. As one can infer by the title of the book, Henry is the time traveler and Clare is just a normal woman who marries him. This book showcases their lives together and how difficult it is to be with someone they truly love. Unlike the average couple, Henry always disappears leaving Clare worried for hours, days, or even weeks. The book starts off in the present, and as the story goes on, Henry goes back in time and shows the reader how he meets Clare, and how they slowly fall in love with each other. This strange concept of continuing the love story in the present and simultaneously telling the lovers’ story from the past is the beauty of the book; it does not leave the reader confused about what is going on. However, it was unfortunate that Audrey Niffenegger did not develop her characters Henry, Clare and their best friends Gomez and Charisse for after finishing the book, it left me wanting to know more about them. Overall, anyone who loves books about romance will surely love this book and will not be able to put it down.
Date published: 2011-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Fantastic!! This book was fantastic! It is so much better than the movie. I love the concept and the depth of their love for each other and for their daughter.
Date published: 2010-10-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blew Me Out of the Water This book has sat on my TBR pile for quite some time. The last of its kind, left over from a trip to the bookstore many, many moons ago, it sat, half-dejected, waiting to be read. It was a little on the chunky side and I had heard a lot of mixed reviews about it, mostly the you’ll-love-it-or-you’ll-hate-it mantra. Finally, I decided I had to read it before I could allow myself to go on to more recently purchased books. Now, I find myself wondering why I didn’t get to this absolutely remarkable read earlier. I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife. In fact, this is another book I will be adding to my best reads of the year, perhaps it will even be another all time favourite. Clare Abshire first met Henry when she was 6 and he was 35, but Henry met Clare for the first time when he was 28 and she was 20. Confused yet? Henry DeTamble is a Chronologically Displaced Person, given to bouts of time shifting. In situations of extreme stress Henry will disappear and suddenly find himself at some point in his past or future. This dizzying distraction of dates and times makes for a very unusual relationship between the pair, especially as Clare finds herself alone, often waiting for Henry to return from her past. “Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?” Page 1, The Time Traveler’s Wife. Clare knows so much about Henry’s future and Henry will come to know, intimately, Clare’s past. It seems they know each other so well, yet they remain uncertain about a great many things. The only thing they are certain about is that they are destined to be together. Because the timeline changes so much throughout the book, it is difficult to decide which parts of plot can safely be given away without spoiling anything. In most books there is a linear stream of time in which you can guess in the earlier parts of the book what is going to come. With the The Time Traveler’s Wife, because of the time shifts you don’t have to guess, you know what is going to happen, or at least you think you do. I know how convoluted this sounds, but the story really isn’t as hard to follow as I am making it out to be. I can completely understand how a person could dislike this book and especially be put off in the first 150 pages or so, where there is so much jumping back and forth in time. But, somehow, with all the back and forth going on, the story is still remarkable easy to follow. Normally I get frustrated with books that use flashbacks, but the shifts between past, present and future didn’t put me off in the slightest. I actually found the first several pages to be fascinating. Niffenegger puts some of the most intriguing bits and pieces at the beginning of the story, such as Henry meeting himself at fifteen and getting a little better acquainted. “I’m in my bedroom with my self. He’s here from next March. We are doing what we often do when we have a little privacy, when it’s cold out, when both of us are past puberty and haven’t quite gotten around to actual girls yet. I think most people would do this, if they had the sort of opportunities I have. I mean, I’m not gay or anything.” Page 56, The Time Travler’s Wife. You can imagine some of the moral questions this book caused me to ponder. What would I do if I had the ability to move back and forth in time? Would I, could I, should I change things? Which things? Any book that causes me to contemplate my own existence and reflect on life to such a great degree is always a hit. What Niffenegger has presented is science fiction, obviously. But, it is not written as science fiction. It is made entirely believable by the poignant love story and the genuine nature with which Henry’s “medical problem” is dealt. The way she writes her characters is extraordinary. Not just Henry and Clare, but many of the others. Kimy is a friend of Henry’s family from way back, who looked after Henry from a young age. The way this charming, old Korean lady is portrayed is heart-warming and, at times, almost comical when she speaks in her not-quite-perfect English. The extraordinary characters, the beautiful writing, and the imagination and originality of the plot combine to make this a remarkable work. The Time Traveler’s Wife is like nothing you have read before.
Date published: 2010-09-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing the story is beautiful. it draws your attention, and in some places it would want to make you cry, but it was a happy yet very sad book, especially in the end, i had tears in my eyes. a very very very good story about love
Date published: 2010-09-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Prepare to have your mind boggled and cry like a baby all at the same time **Minimal Spoilers** The Time Traveler’s Wife is a unique love story about a man by the name of Henry and the love of his life, Clare. Now this may be a tricky a review as far as a plot explanation goes. Henry is 28 year old when he encounters a vibrant woman named Clare who is presently at the age of 20. Henry has no clue who she is on their “first meeting” while Clare claims to have known him all her life since she was 6 years old. This baffles Henry a bit, but only in good ways. As you can guess by the title already, Henry is a time traveler. The Henry that stands before Clare in present time is not the Henry she knows yet, she knows an older version of this Henry. This is the Henry of her future while he’s in his 30’s and 40’s. Henry takes good faith in Clare’s knowledge and they quickly fall into a relationship, which technically has been in the works already for years. Now it all is a bit mind boggling as to when Henry and Clare really fall in love, whether it is in the present, future or past. I think the real beauty of this story lies in faith, destiny, free will, the ability to overcome that you don’t have much control over things to come and things that have gone by. Clare and Henry’s love is realistic and beautiful. Although some parts seem to come right from a fairy tale and it seems the planets align to bring Henry and Clare together, there seems to be just as many, if not more, obstacles in their road of love which makes it all the more real. Don’t be fooled by thinking this is your every day love story. Yes you will need a box of Kleenex if you plan on reading this book from cover to cover. You will have your laugh out loud moments and your warm fuzzy feelings when you connect to that feeling of strong need and the longing wait for that one person you sense is right for you. But the author digs deeper into human problems we all deal with or are connected to at some point in our long lived ordinary lives. Things that make us actually want to time travel. But would time travel make things better or just worse? This is a good thinker book and might just make you appreciate having an ordinary life. Not knowing what’s coming or not being able live things over and over might just be a blessing. Should you read this book? Well, I think so. It’s quite an experience and filled with a lot of emotion. Even when it gets wordy you still feel yourself lost in Clare’s and Henry’s everyday lives. There are some great secondary characters roaming around too that bring some more charm to this sometimes heartbreaking tale. Some people might hate it some people might love it. I, personally, am a little on the fence. There are parts I loved and parts I hated, but I definitely wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on this read. Overall, your head might hurt a bit figuring out how this version of time travel works, it’s an addictive read and will keep you captivated until the end.
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from really good Amazing book! It gets kind of confusing, but you get the hang of it eventually. Cute love story that ends with a sad yet sweet surprise. Book was better than movie.
Date published: 2010-07-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Original concept, great characters, love, sex, time travel....what more can you ask for? A great read, I really enjoyed it. Looking back at it now, I don't know exactly how the author was able to do it but the changing in time periods was almost seamless and effortless. Although confusion is expected, it quickly resolved itself. The book has a lot of heart and feeling, and gives a certain spark to the real world that makes you think that there has to be more to life. I recommend the movie too, it is not that far from the original!
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Blog for Book Reviews
Date published: 2010-06-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Actually, a 3.5, as my feelings are a little over liking it. Before I even got started reading The Time Traveler’s Wife I was struck by this overwhelming feeling that I wasn’t going to like it. There were three major culprits for this impending sense of doom. First off, the edition I got from the library had a typo on the back cover. Really? The back cover should be something viewed by multiple people before it gets to printing. How does this even happen? Of course this had me in instant fear of having to put up with careless editing throughout its 4oo+ pages. Secondly, after reading the synopsis, typo and all, it appeared that this was a sci-fi, romance novel - two genres that I tend to avoid like a sneezing grocery clerk. Lastly, one of the many captioned reviews listed at the front of the book (yes, I read these) says, “So here’s the next The Lovely Bones…” which in my opinion is a highly overrated and ridiculous story that I could barely force myself to finish… woo hoo, can’t wait to dig in to another one just like it! But I promised my friend I would read it, so I tucked in my bottom lip and bravely proceeded. Because it’s been recapped ad nauseam, I won’t waste a lot of time repeating what’s been detailed on a million other blogs. In short, this is the story of a man suffering from a rare genetic disorder which alters the chronology of the events in his life. We are privy to the trials and tribulations he is met with while trying to have a meaningful relationship with his one true love, whilst travelling sporadically through space and time. Niffenegger shrewdly allows us to see the corresponding view points of both Henry and his wife Clare by having them narrate their own perceptions, which are clearly titled with their respective ages. With out this attention by the author, the story would have been near impossible to follow. I’m pleased to report that the editing wasn’t horrible, save a few minor details, I didn’t find it to be anything like The Lovely Bones - *phew* - and the science-fiction aspects of the story were well devised and appropriately explained for my novice comprehension. The romance side of things was indeed sappy, and the sex, although soft in its detail, was in my opinion overly gratuitous, but whatever floats your boat, as they say, since I know many people enjoyed this part of it. Niffenegger’s prose was very readable, and I found myself tearing through the book. The first hundred pages had me gripped, as I tried to sort out what was happening, and how the time travel weaved its way through the present-day scenarios playing out. However, as interested as I was in trying to follow the story line, I didn’t ever form a real connection with Henry and Clare personally, only with their plight. There were many characteristics of the novels cast that felt desperately contrived. From excessive name dropping, to leftist political statements on globalization, to the meticulous details of paper making… it all just felt like Niffenegger was trying too hard to tell us who she wanted these people to be. A complete opposite of the last novel I read, Up in the Air, this book did a lot more telling, and a lot less showing. If anything Clare and Henry annoyed me. I prefer female characters to be willful and strong, independent and in control of their lives. Clare is the antithesis of all of these things. She spends her entire life as a puppet on Henry’s strings, and as a victim to fate and its decision. Who or what was to blame for this, I’m not sure, but watching it go down irked me regardless. One specific part of the novel that tugged on my nerves was when Clare and Henry are in the present discussing his previous relationship to Ingrid. Henry professes to Clare that “… Ingrid was very – patient. Overly patient. Willing to put up with odd behavior, in the hope that someday I would shape up and marry her martyred ass. And when somebody is that patient, you have to feel grateful, and then you want to hurt them.” Funny, this sounds like he could be speaking of Clare and what I observed as her ‘martyred ass,’ minus the fact of wanting to hurt her, as it is clear that he devotes himself to her as best he can. I suppose this is the point that Niffenegger is trying to make, that this scenario works for them because they are meant to be. But based on this description he offers I just had an overwhelming urge to question Clare’s blindness to Henry’s hypocrisy. To read the rest of my review please visit me at
Date published: 2010-05-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worthwhile I can understand why some people had trouble getting through this book. I myself struggled at times. But I'm glad I stuck with it. This book gave me the same feeling I got from Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees. Yes, it dragged at parts, but once I got to the end, it was totally worth it. The Time Traveler's Wife is a beautiful, original love story that transcends time. I've read my fair share of love stories, and this one will definitely stick with me. This is a book that has to be savoured, definitely not a book you can rush through, and it's a story you will remember. The only thing I would criticize would be that there were some lines in French or German that I didn't understand, and Niffenegger did not always provide a translation. And I could have done with a little less of the poetry, 'cause that's not really my thing. But all in all it was a book I definitely do not regret spending my time on.
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful. Poetic. One of the best novels I’ve read. Beautiful. Poetic. One of the best novels I’ve read. The Time Travelers Wife is such a lovely, yet authentic, love story with a very unique twist. It touches every emotion. I loved every minute of it. It’s the kind of novel I will read over and over again.
Date published: 2010-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magical Love Story The Time Traveler's Wife was such a magical and captivating love story. Although a little hard to get into in the beginning, It makes up for it throughout the rest of the book. The book started off slow, Drawing in the reader. Halfway through the book when it started to get more intense, Henry started travelling more and more and i had to really pay attention to the dates so i didn't find myself getting lost. The love that Clare and Henry have for each other is so powerful, the energy is spilling out of the book. I found the ending of this book a little unfinished, It left me wanting so much more, but i loved it even so. Overall this was a powerful, lovely book. And I would recommend it.
Date published: 2010-04-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Thumbs Down It started off well, seemed like a great plot. But very soon it got to be tiresome and repetitive. I never finished this book.
Date published: 2010-04-14
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I don't get it. DNF. I can't get through the book (02/10). The time aspect and the raison d'etre doesn't make sense to me.
Date published: 2010-04-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A decent read... The Time Traveler's Wife was a nice, cozy read after all those sci-fi books lately. The characters were dynamic and the story was very well played out. There were some parts, though, that I thought were a little slow and it couldn't keep my attention for very long. But I didn't give up on the book and I finished it, and I'm very glad because the ending was a lot better than the beginning. Overall, this was a decent book, but not as great as I had hoped.
Date published: 2010-03-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really fantastic I admit, it took a few chapters before I could really follow the time changes, but once I had that down... I couldn't put the book down! I was hooked all the way up to the end.
Date published: 2010-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Book but was expecting more TTW is definitely a powerful love story and I went into it thinking I would love it. For the most part I did although I had a hard time liking the character of Henry and the story did drag on. I don't want to give anything away but I only got re-interested in the story near the end when the heartbreaking "twist" is finally revealed
Date published: 2010-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome! I love The Time Travelers Wife a lot! The ending was a bit stupid, and parts of the book were boring. Overall, though, it was a great read.
Date published: 2010-02-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Original Love Story “The Time Traveler’s Wife, was the first novel that I read of Audrey Niffenegger. Not being to sure of what to expect and from reading the information on the back my hopes were not too high when I read that it was a love story. However once I started to read the novel I could hardly put it down. The interesting and formal style of writing pulled me in, in the first chapter. Reading the love story from both sides of the main characters, Henry and Clare added a element above all other love stories. Although the story revolves around an unreal time traveler, the story line and is so well thought out and write it pulls you in and makes it almost seem believable. The lives of Henry and Clare are not extraordinary, they date, grow up, get married, have jobs and try to have a child. The descriptions and details that are shared in the their everyday experiences and thoughts are what make theses characters so interesting and loveable. The story line of a love that waits and lasts through time and ages is one that is retold, however this captivates it in a new way that is unforgettable.
Date published: 2010-02-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great book ! This is an absolutely lovely book. Well written and just one of the best books I have read. I loved the way Audrey Niffenegger wrote this story. It kept me thinking about what was actually going on in this book. It never gave me time for my mind to wonder. The way each of the characters has its sides, really gives you a complete story. To me reading this book was unlike any story I had ever read before. It is a completely original story where a man, named Henry, disappears in time. In a library when he is 28, he meets a woman named Claire. He thinks this is the first time they have met but is surprised when she says she knows him. In fact she has known him since she was 6, when he appeared in the field behind her house. That is when their lives together begin. Audrey Niffenegger doesn’t make this a sappy love story and instead makes it feel very real, like this could actually happen and in fact is actually happening. This books isn’t all serious at time I found myself laughing at the predicaments the Henry found himself in. I really did enjoy this book and would definitely encourage people to read this book, not just because it’s now a popular book, turned into a movie, but because it’s a truly original book.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Long This book could have been cut down by 40%..the concept itself had potential but I failed to see the deep love story promised.
Date published: 2010-02-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different This isnt the regular boring novel that every other novel is. TTW has a special twist to it that makes it stand out. Strongly recommended.
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely amazing...a unique spin on the concept of time travel! I've read a lot of stories about time travel. This had to be one of the most interesting and inventive time travel stories ever! How Henry zips in and out of places is so hard to pick up on at first - even though I am a pro at understanding the time travel scenarios. The love story between Henry and Clare is so intense and so real because of the circumstances. That's what makes it such a wonderful love story to read. Henry's pain from the loss of his mother is so tragic and written so beautifully. This is a sad, yet inspiring novel. I really enjoyed it. The author took an overused and unoriginal concept and created a really unique story. Bravo!
Date published: 2010-01-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terribly disappointing writing framed by good idea This is one of the most overrated books I've ever read. The sad part is the unrealized potential of the central motif - a genetic disorder that causes involuntary time travel. There are so many interesting ideas this book could have explored, but didn't. Instead, it focuses entirely on a shallow love story between two completely unlikeable characters, supported by a colourless, irritating cast of stereotypes. As I read it, I wished dearly that a better writer had come up the idea first, a writer who could have explored the ethical questions about Henry's self-fulfilling prophecies, and of the deterministic trap Clare is drawn into. Is she not smart enough to realize how trapped she is? Apparently she isn't. All she thinks about is sex with Henry, and about her womanly longing to have a child at any cost, even though that child will almost certainly inherit the disorder that has ruined her husband's life, and her own. The time-traveling device not only masks a lack of depth and character development, but also an almost complete lack of plot. The inherent non-chronology almost stops the reader from noticing that nothing leads to anything else in a significant or intelligent way. Plot points are raised and then dropped. What happens to the (pretensious, irritating) daughter, who also time travels? Who knows. What happens to Clare after Henry dies, in her mid-thirties. Who cares? And the tear-jerking ending is the worst of all. Even when he dies, Henry manages to keep poor Clare caught in his web. Perhaps worst of all, Henry uses the word "lo" in casual conversation more than once. Because he's deep and smart and oh yeah, a punk? We know he's a punk because he goes on for boring, boring pages listing punk bands he's seen live. And he has long hair at one point. And dates a Courtney Love look alike and takes drugs, before he's reformed by true love. Without the time-travel device, this novel would never have been published, or would have been a grocery-store romance. Instead it was a bestseller, turned into a movie, hyped beyond belief. There are lots of good books out there. Please, read one of those, instead.
Date published: 2009-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing love story... The Time Traveler's Wife is a fantastically satisfying love story that leaves the reader full of emotion by the end. Henry and Clare's love is beautiful and utterly consuming. Audrey Niffenegger weaves a wonderfully creative story full of rich and humanly flawed characters. This is definitely part of my collection of books that I will read over and over and over again, I absolutely loved it.
Date published: 2009-12-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BORING I didn't get the appeal.......thought it was going to be great considering how people raved about it, but would've saved my money had I known.
Date published: 2009-11-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Wasn't A Fan After receiving this as a gift I decided to sit down and read this but only after almost a year of it sitting on my bookshelf It wasn't that I didn't understand it.. I did and I liked it but after awhile it got really redundant but I stuck with it and hoped it would get better... It didn't
Date published: 2009-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully Written I loved this book absolutely amazing and beautiful. Very sad at parts and made me cry. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves an old romantic relationship. I loved the charcters and their personalities. I loved emotion in this book and the story line its self. I loved the ending as well, I really wish there was a sequel to it. I think Niffenegger did a really great job on this book and I am looking forward to reading her other books. This book is A must read!
Date published: 2009-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming Love Story This book might be a little hard to get hooked on. The beginning was a little confusing and slow. Actually the whole book was slow, but incredibly romantic. If you're into romance, I would definitely suggest this novel. I've watched the movie and you can't get even a tiny portion of the amount of emotion you get from the book. Once you're into the story, which happened around 1/2 way for me, you won't want to put it down. Incredibly romantic and really makes you wonder if that kind of love could ever exist.
Date published: 2009-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Closest To Perfection, Ever. Of all the books I have ever read, this book will stay close to my heart as the closest to perfection and as one of my favourites. The writing style is astounding, although, I wouldn't recommend it to younger teens. The characters and plotline were very well thought out - the idea of time travel actually seemed possible whilst reading the novel. The ending is perfect; tears came to my eyes. It takes a certain amount of maturity to handle the content in the novel, but I absolutely recommend it to anyone who is interested in a romance/sci-fi novel. Also, if you do read it, take your time, because you'll be upset when it's over - I considered re-reading it as soon as I finished it.
Date published: 2009-10-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I wasn't in love with it I have to admit. I saw the movie first. Prior to that the book didn't interest me all that much, but when I saw the movie I decided why the hell not? So I've just finished it and I have to say that, while I did like it (hence the star rating of 3), I wasn't blown away by the writing. Or the storyline for that matter. Sometimes I wonder if this has to do with the fact that I saw the movie first and therefore wasn't all that surprised. The way the story was broken up was interesting. I can't say that it was the most easy to follow, but I think that was one of the things that kept me reading. Because I wanted to see what sort of ages everyone would be in different chapters. I am not in love with the point of view switches. Even with little headers. I like a story being told (especially if it's in first person) from one character's eyes and one character only... unless there's a vast difference between the two characters voices. Clare and Henry sound like the same person when you read them. Either Henry is a little girly or Clare is too masculine. I'm not sure. It wasn't a bad book. It had its moments. But I'm not in love with it. And I probably won't read it again.
Date published: 2009-10-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! A really great book! While repetitive in some parts, over all it was really interesting and very touching. Can't wait to see the movie!
Date published: 2009-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally awesome! This no doubt the best book I've read in a long time. I read a lot, but this book was one in a million. I simply could not put it down! I normally can't read while in motion, but I went through a car ride (not driving) and a plane ride without notice! Simply amazing!
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved every moment!! what can I say about this book? it was the best romantic novel I have read in along time. There is nothing like this and I dont think any thing will.
Date published: 2009-10-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful Yes, a few things were a bit explicit, but it is an absolutely wonderful read for people who actually like a bit of a twist from the usual romantic stories. Definitely worth the while to read.
Date published: 2009-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is a unique, bizarre, and beautiful love story. I found it confusing in the beginning, trying to catch on to the time travelling, but by the time I felt that I was following it, the book moved right along into the story. It was a perfect pace. Near the end of the book, I found myself longing for my lover, even though she was right beside me. I had never read a love story before - if the rest are like this, I am hooked!
Date published: 2009-09-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! I really loved this book! It was an accidental find (I liked the cover, and read the back, and decided to give it a shot), and well worth it. I have a more in-depth review on my blog, here -
Date published: 2009-09-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book Really good story, at first it was kind of inconvenient to keep going back and forth, but I got used to that fairly quickly. I enjoyed the sad ending and how much they loved each other. I recommend the book.
Date published: 2009-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Book but... I loved the story and could not put the book down! My 13 year old daughter wants to read it but some of the language used I found inappropriate...just my opinion.
Date published: 2009-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointing Because of the great reviews, I expected a lot. The concept was fantastic and I was left wishing I could get more time travel and less relationship between Clare and Henry. The beginning of the book was really choppy and tough to follow, the middle got interesting, but once the trials of married life started, it completely disinterested me. The end was certainly sad, but that can be found in shorter and less complicated books. I'd leave this one on the shelf unless you're desperate for something to latch on to.
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A thoughtful, provocative read As with many people, I became intrigued when I watched the trailer for the film. It was...mysterious, fantastical and romantic, so when I heard it was a book, I had to read it. And what a read it was! The thing with this book - why some people may not like it - is that it touches on several controversial issues like fate and free will. In retrospect, after reading the book, you begin to wonder if Clare had free will, or if it was fate that she ended up with Henry...but does fate exist? Thinking about it will only confuse you and take you in a circle, so a piece of advice: don't. Added to how deeply the book explores human love and misery. Because, let's face it, when your husband is a time traveler there is bound to be those two emotions in spades. But if you can look past any of your personal issues and just take this book for what it is, just go along with the story and accept it, then you will be guaranteed a wonderful read. Be warned, though, this is NOT a light read. If you want something easy and light-hearted, this is not the book for you. Overall Synopsis: The most striking thing about this book was how breathtakingly, and almost wistfully, romantic it was. Romance isn't my favourite genre, but the two main characters were developed so well that I couldn't help but be drawn in and feel for them. I do however wish that the author developed the secondary characters a bit more. They seemed interesting, but kind of faded into the background in terms of the emphasis she put on them.
Date published: 2009-09-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simple and to the point A really interesting but necessary writing style for the book. I haven't yet seen the movie but fear I will be dissapointed after such a good read. I recommend this one for sure.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A magical romance! I am nornally not a fan of fantasy, but The Time Traveler's Wife had me hooked on the story of Clare and Henry from the first chapter. I fell in love with this sweet and complicated couple. While the premise is far-fetched, their romance is realistic and idealistic.
Date published: 2009-09-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most beautiful addicting love story ever written. When I read this book I got so lost in its pages that I didnt stop reading it untill I was finished save for a few bathroom and food breaks in between reading. I sat in bed all morning, day and night laughing, swearing, crying and even sobbing. The story just gets under your skin and pulls you in, its amazing and so unique that you couldnt duplicate what this makes you feel with anything else. You cant even imagine the magic in this untill it sweeps you away. The life of the characters will almost make you want to change the way you live your life and love more then you thought you could before reading it. This is a life changing story with magic that everyone should experience.
Date published: 2009-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Never Read Anything Like It the time traveler's wife is probably my FAVOURITE book as of right now. i love the story audrey niffengger has created. i love romance novels but i must say the romance in the time traveler's wife was beyond compelling for me. i felt a greater emotional attachment to this book then any other romance novel i have ever read. if there is anyone who is contemplating reading this book i say GO AHEAD because it's AMAZING (especially to people who love romance novels) i'm very anxious to see the movie now. i hope it's even half as good as the book! :)
Date published: 2009-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Magical Love Story I absolutely loved this realistic love story. Audrey Niffenegger created a tale that ventures into the high and low points of a relationship. Unlike many love stories, this one goes past the honeymoon. Some may find this tale to be sad, but I thought it was rather hopeful. Niffenegger tugged at my emotions, but her writing was insightful as well. The Time Traveller's Wife is magical. Niffenegger shows off a great deal of imagination in her writing, but her ideas are not coming from far out in left field. The story is somehow also very believable.
Date published: 2009-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow I couldn't put this book down. It was fantastic and fresh. I loved the characters and the highs plus the lows. I was on edge the whole read. The love story was intense and easy. Loved it. Must read....
Date published: 2009-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Beautiful! This is such a beautiful love story! While reading this book I laughed, cried and even missed my stop on the subway by a long-shot because I was just so wrapped up in it's story. Definitely reminded me of just how beautiful love can be.
Date published: 2009-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An Unforgetable Read The Time Traveler’s Wife was nothing short of amazing. The idea of time traveling and reading about the characters all at different stages of their lives and trying to remember what events have occurred in the past or the characters’ presents was a bit intimidating. However, Audrey Niffenegger did a fantastic job making the text both understandable and very intriguing. This novel is easily one of my favorites.
Date published: 2009-08-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A journey through the unknown world of time traveling... Meet Henry DeTamble, time traveling extraordinaire. How does one person become so lucky or so unlucky to experience the world of time travel? Experience this quest through Henry's eyes. Henry has seen his past and seen his future. He has seen who he will marry, if he has kids, watches his mother's death and more. Can Henry change the course of life's events or will he even try? A unique, one of a kind novel that must be shared among all those in the reading community. Audrey Niffenegger has written about time travel as though it has never been written about before. She has crafted an incredible story of life, love and survival. The Time Traveler's Wife showcases a world of both joy and sorrow. Note: I found the writing style very different. A bit difficult to get into but pushed my way through the first 100 pages and got absolutely hooked.
Date published: 2009-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really really great book. After seeing the previews for the new movie, I figured I would read the book first and WOW, what a book. I loved the style of writing the author used and how complex her characters are. I'm not even sure if I still want to see the movie. I'm afraid I'll be really disappointed! Really quick read.
Date published: 2009-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous Great book--funny, sad, poignant--fantastic read but get out the hankies--the ending left me bawling like a baby!!
Date published: 2009-08-25
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Flat and Boring. Although the story idea was intriguing, the writing was boring and flat. There seemed to much more concern with developing the various surroundings than creating characters worth caring about. Sadly, the scenes with the daughter and the final few pages were the only time I felt like the author had touched me emotionally. Wouldn't recommend buying....maybe borrow it first.
Date published: 2009-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I didn't want it to end... I had this book on my bookshelf for three years and finally read it before seeing the movie. Even though it's such a long book, it's really so engaging that I lost myself in it. It definitely could've been much shorter, but at the same time, as I was getting close to the end, I could see the benefit of it being so long -- I was so wrapped up the two characters' lives that I wanted the book to go on and on forever.
Date published: 2009-08-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED this book I only read this book because I wanted to see the movie, but I had to know how the story was supposed to go first. I was hooked from the first page. I couldnt bring myself to put it down, and it was all I thought about for days. At some points it gets a little wordy, but tough it out, its worth it!
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Terrific Read - but disappointing Ending It has been a long time since I have read a book which I so thoroughly enjoyed. The only downside was the unsatisfying ending......
Date published: 2009-08-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A Time Killer I picked up this book after hearing about the upcoming movie. I thought the plot sounded quite intriguing. I didn't like the way the narrative was set up, but it wasn't as hard to follow as I thought. The book was rather bulky upon the touch, and I would have appreciated it more if it had shed a couple hundred of pages, because the story seemed to drag on and on in several different places. It wasn't as engaging a read as I had hoped. It was a book I only used to kill some time with, even then I was a bit reluctant at times to pick it up. The movie in all its adaptation stayed true to the book; both slow and disappointing.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing book I have to say this was one of the first books that really drew me in. It was almost impossible to put this book down. At first i thought the jumping threw time part would be quite confusing, but it just blends in so well and it is really easy to follow. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. Such a beautiful love story between Henry and Clare that while your reading this book, you feel like your actually one of the characters. Great, easy and enjoyable read.
Date published: 2009-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from On the Fence! I had heard so much about this book that I decided I wanted to read it before it came out as a movie. I have to say that I loved the idea, but I found it confusing at times and boring at times and down right depressing at times. I can appreciate the amazing love story but it lost me in the telling and then the ending seemed to take for ever. I just saw the movie and I liked it much better. They did change the movie
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A delightful read To be completely honest, I cannot count the number of times I have been told to read this book. However each time I picked it up, I could not get past the ridiculous sounding plot, despite the fact that the cover is fantastic. The now infamous story is of Henry, who has been genetically afflicted with random bouts of time traveling (diagnosed later as a Chrono-Diplaced Person) and Clare, the woman he eventually marries. Although the challenges of their love story are superficially unconventional, they manage to remain familiar to those of us who are non-chrono-displaced readers. I can hear the “I told you so’s” in my mind, but I must admit that as soon as I committed to reading the first page I was hooked. Of course I was immediately seduced into thinking about how my own life would unfold if I made similar trips to my own past. Given that Henry’s journeys were somewhat random, I had to wonder what past events I would revisit. Although this book has often been labelled as a work of science fiction, it is truly a love story; one which is largely entertaining and somewhat intriguing. Niffenegger is a talented story-teller whose writing does not interfere with her ability to regale the reader with an interesting tale.
Date published: 2009-08-16
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A bit of a disappointment... I've heard this book was suppose to be amazing, however I was disappointed. It was long and was very confusing at times. The story just seemed to drag on and didn't keep my interest. I have a feeling the movie will be better.
Date published: 2009-08-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Time Travellers Wife Thoroughly enjoyed this book, it was a little slow in the middle but picked up half way through. So keep reading it. Loved the characters, Clare was so strong through the whole book. Any chance there will be a book about Alba.
Date published: 2009-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty Darn Good! I really did like this book, I echo some of the reviewers that stated they didn't feel emotionally connected to the characters, as i also felt this way, just a little bit though. I did feel the book could have conveyed the sex and passion felt between the characters without using the graphic language. I am an adult, and I have been known to use strong language at times ;) but I felt this was a little much and the connection could have been created just as well using softer and more intimate words, but that's just my opinion! Otherwise, I would recommend it and I can't wait to see the movie, I think both the actor and the actress chosen fit in nicely with the images in my imagination!
Date published: 2009-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! And surprisingly believable! I absolutely loved this book. I was dubious at first, as they premise sounded far too science-fiction-ish to me. But it is an incredibly romantic story, and Niffenegger somehow manages to render the premise entirely believable and realistic. I felt that I really got to know the characters, and grew very attached to them. There is no emotion that I didn't feel reading this book: happiness, excitement, nervousness, sadness, anger. It is one of those books that when you get to the end, you wish that you hadn't, as you already miss the characters, and want them to stay with you forever.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love story for the Ages. The Time Traveler's Wife was one of those books that I would usually sit down and read in one sitting, but once I began reading it I wanted it to last longer. I wanted to linger in Chicago. I wanted to wander the rooms of Medowlark House, wait in the meadow for Henry to arrive, browse the Newberry library... I wanted to immerse myself in the setting and jump into the minds of Henry and Clare and be privy to the intimate thoughts that transpire between two lovers whose story is for the ages. Henry DeTemble involuntarily slides back and forth through time, and in the process he meets Clare Abshire, and gives her a life I wouldn't wish on anyone, and at the same time I hope that everyone gets to love the way they love each other. It's a beautiful story, which I hear can be difficult to follow for some, but if you accept that time is not important, only events are important, then you shouldn't have any problem with the spontaneous time shifts. It is reminiscent of The Notebook in a way, as it is an epic love story that one cannot help being touched deeply by. I loved this book, and I think you will too.
Date published: 2009-08-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I couldn't put it down!! A great read! In the beginning you do have a hard time trying to follow the dates that jump back and forth... but then you follow it and can't put it down! The story of Henry and Clare is truly romantic, sad and amazing!!! I can't wait for the movie to come out!! Best thing - READ THE BOOK FIRST! I'm sure the movie will have a few of the good parts eliminated and you may be lost in the storyline.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartwarming This book is beautiful to say the least. It's about waiting and believing and trusting in things other than yourself. Clare waits for Henry from the day she meets him until forever and Henry in turn waits to become the man she knows he is. Although this is a love story it reads so differently from any sort of romance I’ve ever read. My favourite book.
Date published: 2009-08-05
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Thought It would be better... I bought this book because the trailer for the movie looked amazing, and I've heard alot of good things about the book..but i didn't exactly like it. It was really hard to get into at the beginning, and I had a hard time sticking with the book. I got to around page 300 and I just wasn't wanting to read it anymore. Although, I really like the characters and the whole idea of a man who can time travel, along with the strong love story. It just wasn't a book that I enjoyed reading, Though, I am interested to see the movie, and see what happens in the end.
Date published: 2009-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Timeless Love Story It took me two years to pick this book up and read it. I am glad that I waited so that I could be in the right head space to do so. The story of Henry and Clare is one of my all time favourites EVER. I had a difficult time putting the book down, and was a little depressed when I was finished. Clare has known Henry since she was 6. Henry meets Clare for the first time in his 20's. How confusing, but how perfect. The title in and of itself at first turned me off, but the idea of time travel within this story is amazing, and sorrowful. The love story created is timeless. It is almost as if their love continues to go in circles. The ending broke my heart but at the same time warmed it. It definitely left me wanting more Henry and Clare. An absolute must read, I can't wait to see the movie I hope that it does the story justice!
Date published: 2009-08-02

Read from the Book

PROLOGUEClare: It's hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he’s okay. It’s hard to be the one who stays.I keep myself busy. Time goes faster that way.I go to sleep alone, and wake up alone. I take walks. I work until I’m tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that’s been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence?Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?Henry: How does it feel? How does it feel?Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant. Then, with a start, you realize that the book you were holding, the red plaid cotton shirt with white buttons, the favorite black jeans and the maroon socks with an almost-hole in one heel, the living room, the about-to-whistle tea kettle in the kitchen: all of these have vanished. You are standing, naked as a jaybird, up to your ankles in ice water in a ditch along an unidentified rural route. You wait a minute to see if maybe you will just snap right back to your book, your apartment, et cetera. After about five minutes of swearing and shivering and hoping to hell you can just disappear, you start walking in any direction, which will eventually yield a farmhouse, where you have the option of stealing or explaining. Stealing will sometimes land you in jail, but explaining is more tedious and time consuming and involves lying anyway, and also sometimes results in being hauled off to jail, so what the hell.Sometimes you feel as though you have stood up too quickly even if you are lying in bed half asleep. You hear blood rushing in your head, feel vertiginous falling sensations. Your hands and feet are tingling and then they aren’t there at all. You’ve mislocated yourself again. It only takes an instant, you have just enough time to try to hold on, to flail around (possibly damaging yourself or valuable possessions) and then you are skidding across the forest green carpeted hallway of a Motel 6 in Athens, Ohio, at 4:16 a.m., Monday, August 6, 1981, and hit your head on someone’s door, causing this person, a Ms. Tina Schulman from Philadelphia, to open this door and start screaming because there’s a naked, carpet-burned man passed out at her feet. You wake up in the County Hospital concussed with a policeman sitting outside your door listening to the Phillies game on a crackly transistor radio. Mercifully, you lapse back into unconsciousness and wake up again hours later in your own bed with your wife leaning over you looking very worried.Sometimes you feel euphoric. Everything is sublime and has an aura, and suddenly you are intensely nauseated and then you are gone. You are throwing up on some suburban geraniums, or your father’s tennis shoes, or your very own bathroom floor three days ago, or a wooden sidewalk in Oak Park, Illinois circa 1903, or a tennis court on a fine autumn day in the 1950s, or your own naked feet in a wide variety of times and places.How does it feel?It feels exactly like one of those dreams in which you suddenly realize that you have to take a test you haven’t studied for and you aren’t wearing any clothes. And you’ve left your wallet at home.When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself. I become a thief, a vagrant, an animal who runs and hides. I startle old women and amaze children. I am a trick, an illusion of the highest order, so incredible that I am actually true.Is there a logic, a rule to all this coming and going, all this dislocation? Is there a way to stay put, to embrace the present with every cell? I don’t know. There are clues; as with any disease there are patterns, possibilities. Exhaustion, loud noises, stress, standing up suddenly, flashing light -- any of these can trigger an episode. But: I can be reading the Sunday Times, coffee in hand and Clare dozing beside me on our bed and suddenly I’m in 1976 watching my thirteen-year-old self mow my grandparents’ lawn. Some of these episodes last only moments; it’s like listening to a car radio that’s having trouble holding on to a station. I find myself in crowds, audiences, mobs. Just as often I am alone, in a field, house, car, on a beach, in a grammar school in the middle of the night. I fear finding myself in a prison cell, an elevator full of people, the middle of a highway. I appear from nowhere, naked. How can I explain? I have never been able to carry anything with me. No clothes, no money, no ID. Fortunately I don’t wear glasses. I spend most of my sojourns acquiring clothing and trying to hide.It’s ironic, really. All my pleasures are homey ones: armchair splendor, the sedate excitements of domesticity. All I ask for are humble delights. A mystery novel in bed, the smell of Clare’s long red-gold hair damp from washing, a postcard from a friend on vacation, cream dispersing into coffee, the softness of the skin under Clare’s breasts, the symmetry of grocery bags sitting on the kitchen counter waiting to be unpacked. I love meandering through the stacks at the library after the patrons have gone home, lightly touching the spines of the books. These are the things that can pierce me with longing when I am displaced from them by Time’s whim.And Clare, always Clare. Clare in the morning, sleepy and crumple-faced. Clare with her arms plunging into the papermaking vat, pulling up the mold and shaking it so, and so, to meld the fibers. Clare reading, with her hair hanging over the back of the chair, massaging balm into her cracked red hands before bed. Clare’s low voice is in my ear often.I hate to be where she is not, when she is not. And yet, I am always going, and she cannot follow.From the Hardcover edition.

Bookclub Guide

1. In The Time Traveler’s Wife, the characters meet each other at various times during their lifetime. How does the author keep all the timelines in order and “on time”?2. Although Henry does the time traveling, Clare is equally impacted. How does she cope with his journeys and does she ultimately accept them?3. How does the writer introduce the reader to the concept of time travel as a realistic occurrence? Does she succeed?4. Henry’s life is disrupted on multiple levels by spontaneous time travel. How does his career as a librarian offset his tumultuous disappearances? Why does that job appeal to Henry?5. Henry and Clare know each other for years before they fall in love as adults. How does Clare cope with the knowledge that at a young age she knows that Henry is the man she will eventually marry?6. The Time Traveler’s Wife is ultimately an enduring love story. What trials and tribulations do Henry and Clare face that are the same as or different from other “normal” relationships?7. How does their desire for a child affect their relationship?8. The book is told from both Henry and Clare’s perspectives. What does this add to the story?9. Do you think the ending of the novel is satisfactory?10. Though history there have been dozens of mediums used for time travel in literature. Please site examples and compare The Time Traveler’s Wife to the ones with which you are familiar.From the Hardcover edition.

Editorial Reviews

#1 NATIONAL BESTSELLERINTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER “Thought-provoking and very moving. Plus there are several mentions of punk-rock bands such as the late, great Clash!” Huffington Post Books   “One doesn’t normally associate science fiction with true love, but my favourite romance is Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife.... Heartbreaking.... It’s an introspective and deeply moving tale of sacrifice--and, incidentally, a stunning example of the book being far better than the movie.” The Globe and Mail   “Ms. Niffenegger not only conjured two memorable characters, but also created an affecting story about the magical ability of love to transcend time.” The New York Times “Highly original novel.... The Time Traveler’s Wife has it all: an innovative plot, intriguing characters and compelling writing.” Chatelaine “Niffenegger’s storytelling is bold and entrancing. Her prose is warm and inviting. And her characters are created with heartfelt sincerity. There’s a lot to love in this book…. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an engrossing read that keeps both emotions and intellect entertained.” The Times-Colonist "The Time Traveler's Wife is a very old love story: wonky, sexy, incredible...but charmingly, inventively retold." The Times