➶ The Time Travelers Wife Free ➬ Author Audrey Niffenegger – Songs--pk.info

The Time Travelers Wife A Funny, Often Poignant Tale Of Boy Meets Girl With A Twist What If One Of Them Couldn T Stop Slipping In And Out Of Time Highly Original And Imaginative, This Debut Novel Raises Questions About Life, Love, And The Effects Of Time On RelationshipsAudrey Niffenegger S Innovative Debut, The Time Traveler S Wife, Is The Story Of Clare, A Beautiful Art Student, And Henry, An Adventuresome Librarian, Who Have Known Each Other Since Clare Was Six And Henry Was Thirty Six, And Were Married When Clare Was Twenty Three And Henry Thirty One Impossible But True, Because Henry Is One Of The First People Diagnosed With Chrono Displacement Disorder Periodically His Genetic Clock Resets And He Finds Himself Misplaced In Time, Pulled To Moments Of Emotional Gravity In His Life, Past And Future His Disappearances Are Spontaneous, His Experiences Unpredictable, Alternately Harrowing And Amusing The Time Traveler S Wife Depicts The Effects Of Time Travel On Henry And Clare S Marriage And Their Passionate Love For Each Other As The Story Unfolds From Both Points Of View Clare And Henry Attempt To Live Normal Lives, Pursuing Familiar Goals Steady Jobs, Good Friends, Children Of Their Own All Of This Is Threatened By Something They Can Neither Prevent Nor Control, Making Their Story Intensely Moving And Entirely Unforgettable i hate reading books that everyone keeps bothering me to read first there are the gushing reviews from the media, complete with intelligent sound clips it s so awesome so titillating the way the author captures that thing where the girl says that stuff and then they go to that cool place you know even oprah says so and then there are the crowds of friends who carry around their freshly bought it book ok, i m bitter, i can t afford to buy new books who can t wait to share their newf i hate reading books that everyone keeps bothering me to read first there are the gushing reviews from the media, complete with intelligent sound clips it s so awesome so titillating the way the author captures that thing where the girl says that stuff and then they go to that cool place you know even oprah says so and then there are the crowds of friends who carry around their freshly bought it book ok, i m bitter, i can t afford to buy new books who can t wait to share their newfound genius at having read said new it book they want to tell you ooh, but erin hasn t read it yet, has she ugh well we ll just have to discuss later, then SIGH have you read it yet have you read it yet have you read it yet have you OW OW being the moment i use aforementioned freshly purchased it book to smack someone over the head, thus ending my brief first and last encounter with said book, forever unless it wins a nobel prize and i m required to read it for sake of my intelligence which has NEVER HAPPENED spoiler alert HOWEVER sorry, this all caps thing is growing on me however, a used copy of the time travelers wife was the biggest book i could find in the bargin bin before i boarded my 5 hour flight back to the east coast this holiday season, and therefore i found myself starting a novel that s been beaten over my head by all my bffs since it came out and let me tell you, small cabin space and an a measly in flight movie selection of the game plan and george lopez s shitty sitcom whatever it s called were the only things keeping me from dropping my interest throughout the first couple of chapters i wanted to like these characters, because i like time travel, and anyone who gets to try it out should definitely also be cool but i kept wondering, when does it get good when does it get good when does it get and i m not sure when it happened, but suddenly it got GOOD i mean, really good it wasn t really enough for me, just wondering when claire and henry would get together, because, to be honest, i wasn t that invested in their characters i can t explain this, because i can t pinpoint the reason the quality of writing was decent, i can find no specific thread to rant on about the characters not being developed there was just no hook after the first tiny intro at the very very beginning, i kept waiting for that sense of urgency to come back and then it did suddenly, beautifully, there was so much for them to live for, and as soon as i got that lovely, dreadful inkling that henry was going to die of COURSE he has to die, shut up, i didn t spoil anything, this is a love story then i couldn t get enough i think the build up of flash backs helped incredibly in this as well, because after i had gained this huge database of memories i was inexplicably and wonderfully tied up in the drama of their stories it was a slow, eventual build, but the payoff was WELL there s that caps button again god it s fun worth it which, let me tell you, almost never happens in these cases unless you write a million little pieces and oprah shoves her big foot in her mouth and people like me get to watch the spectle on cnn between episodes of arrested developement lovely ps in a random, non funny tangent, i would also like to briefly comment on the fact that she wouldn t give up having her all important baby wow, annoying i felt just as tired as henry give it up woman, you re wasting precious time with him and exhausting everybody on your insane quest don t get me wrong, i felt really bad for her during the first part but SIX miscarriages i know there s an element like who could handle that much sadness , but i got to thinking, who could bring that much death on themselves where is the point where you say, it s not going to work, and i ll accept that i was frustrated because i felt like she was spending what little time she had with henry making him worried about everything when they could have just been living there.done.DONE.wooooooo Why can t there be a negative star rating I hated, hated this book And yes, I did finish it All way too many pages of it But, in my defense it was foolishly the only book I brought with me when I was hospitalized for 24 hours after wisdom tooth surgery, and when your options are daytime soaps or this wretched bookwell, at least I got to read the ending and conclude definitively that it wasn t worth it Okay, now that I ve gotten a bit of a rant out, let me be a littleorganized abo Why can t there be a negative star rating I hated, hated this book And yes, I did finish it All way too many pages of it But, in my defense it was foolishly the only book I brought with me when I was hospitalized for 24 hours after wisdom tooth surgery, and when your options are daytime soaps or this wretched bookwell, at least I got to read the ending and conclude definitively that it wasn t worth it Okay, now that I ve gotten a bit of a rant out, let me be a littleorganized about my dislikes 1 The sex More accurately, the sex after sex after sex, in graphic detail not pornographic detail, granted, but WAYthan I wanted to picture , at all sorts of different ages Wow Yeah, I just hated that If it serves a purpose to the plot, fine, include it, but don t give me every single move I just don t need to know that.2 The plot was convoluted I can say this fairly because I read it in practically one sitting, and while I was able to keep things straight, it would have served the book better to not attempt to take in so many sub plots and minutia 3 Okay, I will admit that for having a sci fi premise, the concept of time travel as outlined here was at least moderately believable What I didn t like was that it wasn t especially original anyone seen Journeyman yet had the pretension that it was.4 The whole crux of the novel was the great love story between Henry and Claire Yet, as a reader I m muchinterested and moved by two NICE people ending up together, and staying together, than two people I just don t like that much Let s face it, Henry is not a great guy And there s that whole poor rich girl thing going on with Claire I just wasn t feeling it.Okay, all of that said, I really don t recommend this book to anyone I realize there are a lot of people that like it I know I checked the reviews expecting to be completely vindicated, but alas, it seems I m in the minority but those people who like it apparently enjoy a different class of book than I do There are so many great works out there, why waste your time with this This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Warning Spoilery review Short version Hurry up and read this Holy crap Someone should have warned me about reading this book at work I have been sitting here bawling my eyes out, tears streaming madly down my cheeks, flooding my eyes until the words swim into fields of glistening black lines This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can t even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable wi Warning Spoilery review Short version Hurry up and read this Holy crap Someone should have warned me about reading this book at work I have been sitting here bawling my eyes out, tears streaming madly down my cheeks, flooding my eyes until the words swim into fields of glistening black lines This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can t even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable with Really, though, even objectively I have little to offer in the way of criticism What was probably a nightmare of a book to write was woven together seamlessly, so beautifully constructed it seemslike a living, organic thing than an idea born inside someone s head I liked the foreshadowing, I liked the intricacy, I liked that we never really know what Alba chooses in the future, whether she embraces the time travel or tries to stop it I loved the poignant pain that begins to trickle across the pages as the pieces begin falling into place I am curious to see how Clare and Alba s relationship developed once Henry was gone, but I was happy it was not in the story That there are plenty of things for my imagination to fill in makes me happy I also really liked the approach the author took to the paradox of time travel It seemed the most plausible, unarguable position I ve ever heard and I have taken a class on it , though I have not allowed myself to think about it too hard as I have no wish, at least within the context of this book, to unravel how much sense it makes What really hit me in the gut seriously, I did not even cry this hard when I read Where the Red Fern Grows for the first time, and I got red faced, puffy eyed and ugly over that one , was the horrible feeling that I could see myself as Clare and know exactly how she felt about Henry, and could fill the unwritten pages of her future with grief that I would know and understand I cannot imagine losing my husband I cannot imagine ever having to face a day knowing that he was not there, and never would be again No matter how much I would want to think that for his sake I would be strong, go on, live out my life with joy and accomplishment as he would have wanted, the truth is I would probably wind up just like Henry s father, a wasted, squandered creature who does not know how to exist alone without the sound of his laughter, the warmth of his arms around my body, the feel of his head resting against my chest, the drowsy murmur of I love you against my ear as we drift off to sleep, the domestic intimacy and companionship that accompanies the hiss of bacon frying in the skillet as he and I stand side by side fixing breakfast on Sunday mornings I do not know who I would be without those things, but I would be someone unrecognizable from who I am now This book is also listed on IMDB, which really excites me, as I think it could be a beautiful movie Everything it needs to be good is right here in the book, and because of the manner of Henry s death, it even lacks the melodramatic twist that most dramas rely on, such as a car accident, an act of God, or something else outside of the character s control No, there is culpability here, and that is an incredibly powerful thing While it was not the purpose of this book to examine how Claire dealt with her father and brother after Henry s death, or how they dealt with themselves, it would have been so interesting to see There s too much to like about this book, and something so real and raw and powerful about the sadness and grief it portrays Incredible I am conflicted about this book Do not let my 4 stars fool you, they are an emotional rating.I ll start with the things I really liked about it Loved all the foreshadowing The knowing something was going to happen, and maybe even a little bit of what it was, but never knowing or understanding fully until both characters had experienced the moment And then all the foreshadowing of the tragic end Once I started putting the puzzle together I really couldn t put it down And I had several moment I am conflicted about this book Do not let my 4 stars fool you, they are an emotional rating.I ll start with the things I really liked about it Loved all the foreshadowing The knowing something was going to happen, and maybe even a little bit of what it was, but never knowing or understanding fully until both characters had experienced the moment And then all the foreshadowing of the tragic end Once I started putting the puzzle together I really couldn t put it down And I had several moments where I couldn t control the tears even long before the tragedy happens, because the foreshadowing was that emotionally charged.I felt that the way the author set it up was ingenious While you are reading along in a fairly chronological timeline, it is interspersed with moments of past and future as Henry travels through time At first it felt very disjunct, but by the end I really loved the way it mirrored how Henry and Clare must feel as they lived their life in such a non chronological manner Especially Henry.The love story was indeed epic I bawled like a baby at the end, it was so tragic to me And sweet at the same time The way that the author addressed themes of love, fate, destiny, personal choice and, of course, time was mind blowing at times as all time travel issues are to me but very cool to see how it all intertwined I liked how she dealt with the whole time travel issue in that Henry could never actually change anything in the future Everything already happened, whether in the past or the future, because for Henry, his future is his past and his past is his future I told you it was a bit mind blowing But yeah, the love story was riveting.Things I didn t like so much The absolutely uneccesary detail of the mundane I felt the author spent too much time describing grocery lists literally of things and music and whatever when she could have been examining the thoughts and feelings of the characters It took me 3 weeks to read this book, and not because it was long I didn t have any problem ignoring it for days at a time because of the tedious reading at times Nothing in the writing made me want to keep reading until the last half of the book, which I did read muchquickly.The language F word on nearly every page Two sitings of the C word Totally unnecessary The love scenes were often a bit graphic, and there were so many of them Because of this, I started feeling that the love was based in sexthan anything and I would have like the author to explore some of thedeep feelings that did show up when Henry and Clare weren t in bed Again, unnecessary really.Sometimes I got confused and experienced deja vu Knowing it was because one of the characters had already mentioned a certain event and I would often have to go through the book and find the previous mention so I could have full understanding.Mostly though, it was a very cool book And very emotionalat least for me It really spoke to something in me about relationships and choices and destiny not that I totally believe in destiny, but you know p Let me start this by saying I was very excited to read this book I thought it was going to be good It is not in any way good It could have been good, the idea could have soared but in Niffenegger s hands it was destroyed by laundry lists of grocery bag contents, street directions, and punk bands until I even said, out loud,than once, okay, I get it He bought groceries, he knows how to get around in Chicago, Clare likes to clean her studio, he is not just a punk rock poser but the rea Let me start this by saying I was very excited to read this book I thought it was going to be good It is not in any way good It could have been good, the idea could have soared but in Niffenegger s hands it was destroyed by laundry lists of grocery bag contents, street directions, and punk bands until I even said, out loud,than once, okay, I get it He bought groceries, he knows how to get around in Chicago, Clare likes to clean her studio, he is not just a punk rock poser but the real deal, complete with his cherry red Docs,etc Seriously, this stuff does not pass for good writing in any circles The tedious minutae of life is boring and makes the author look like she is trying to pad her story forbulk.The worst part of this book was that the whole thing was based on contrived plot devices The whole time I was reading I was wondering why the author chose to have him time travel naked To me it seemed like if it weren t for his constant pursuit of clothes there may be some real chance at something actually happening in the story Then at the end of the book I realized that the whole naked thing was a tool to achieve the amputations at the end Where was this woman s editor How do things like this get published, this story was nowhere near polished and pared down enough to make it to publication Also, the gory miscarriage scenes, yuck There was no introspect into the character s hearts and minds How does Henry feel about knowing when he is going to die How does Clare deal with him being a time travel We will never know because the book was too full of what they did and how they did it and nothing about how they felt I don t care about that stuff These characters were selfish, pretentious and self absorbed And the credibility goes right out the window when they win the lottery Come on I honestly don t see why this book is so well loved This book angered me This is my 400th book review for Goodreads Wow I am either one sick or one inspired woman or both Apparently when I reach my 500th review, Goodreads will put a little encouraging button on my profile they might as well just give me a bookmark , but 400 feels big, too, so I wanted to review a book that I love but have never reviewed here.The Time Traveler s Wife is a controversial novel, and when my book club discussed it, there were burning pitchforks, buckets of hot tar and glasses of P This is my 400th book review for Goodreads Wow I am either one sick or one inspired woman or both Apparently when I reach my 500th review, Goodreads will put a little encouraging button on my profile they might as well just give me a bookmark , but 400 feels big, too, so I wanted to review a book that I love but have never reviewed here.The Time Traveler s Wife is a controversial novel, and when my book club discussed it, there were burning pitchforks, buckets of hot tar and glasses of Pinot Noir being splashed in faces The room was like a parking lot after a football game between contentious rivals It was awesome.I give a HUGE amount of credit to the ladies of my book club For 11 years they have suffered through having me, both a Lit teacher and a writer, as a member, and they have put up with A LOT of my empassioned opinions When I don t like a book, I make it ABUNDANTLY clear why it sucks and when I love a book that others don t, I verbally knock them out of my way.And I love this book Boy howdy, do I love this book I originally read it 11 years ago then re read it, and took a bunch of notes , and the characters and the plot just hopped on into the synapses of my brain, curled up there and have remained comfortably in that position, forever.In my opinion, you can read this book for its surface value as a romance or an adventure , or you can go deeper This novel is loaded with metaphors, and you can get both Biblical here and or follow the story with Homer s Odyssey by your side.For Henry is a modern day Odysseus He s a Christ figure as well He represents the spring, the adventurer, the one who is both sacrificed and reborn.And his love, Clare, is both the archetypal mother and the wife, the perpetual autumn, and Penelope, the one who waits.Niffenegger s plot point of time travel is immense It serves here as a lush metaphor for the cycle of life the living, the dying, the what comes after And it doesn t hurt that Henry loves my kind of music, too.The ladies of book club who passionately disliked this book cited several reasons They complained that Niffenegger s style was not linear, they had a hard time following the plot, and they found Henry s relationship with Clare bordering on predatory or creepy I acknowledge that they experienced these problems, but they just weren t an issue for me.And the ending my God I cried to the point of embarrassment, even though I was home alone as I finished I actually GASPED at the end, and my steadfast rule is if a book makes me GASP, it automatically earns 5 stars It is truly one of the best, most heart breaking endings to a novel that I ve ever encountered My sweatshirt was soaked by the end and I ached and mourned and grieved all over those final pages.I actually started to cry while writing this review, just revisiting that ending A decade later Damn Good choice for my 400th review This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I have a serious love hate relationship with this book The good stuff I really liked the jumps back and forth in time surprisingly, the author was able to keep it all straight and I never really felt so terribly confused that I just wanted to give up.I loved the Henry character I really loved him He was flawed, he tried so hard to be a good man, etc etc I just really loved this character.I liked the love story I felt that the feelings between the two of them were real and so deep So oft I have a serious love hate relationship with this book The good stuff I really liked the jumps back and forth in time surprisingly, the author was able to keep it all straight and I never really felt so terribly confused that I just wanted to give up.I loved the Henry character I really loved him He was flawed, he tried so hard to be a good man, etc etc I just really loved this character.I liked the love story I felt that the feelings between the two of them were real and so deep So often a love story goes for huge dramatics to prove the deep love between two people and I liked that she didn t do that you see their love for each other in what they do, how they talk, how they touch.I liked how the author kept the time traveling dark the idea that he has no money and no clothes and has to scramble to stay alive and not arrested, etc etc was great very realistic for an unreal premise.I actually liked that they threw in the genetic testing and whatever of the time traveling disorder I know many people felt that it was ridiculous, or felt like it was just shoved in there, but I really thought it brought a realism to the story It helped take the story out of the sci fi realm and put itin reality All of a sudden it became about a person with a disease and a family fighting to hold it together rather than a mysterious hole in the universe I don t normally like pseudo science, but I actually thought it worked here.The bad stuff I hated the name dropping, etc I know some people liked it, but I just hated it Yeah, I get it he liked punk music Wow It just felt so contrived and fake to me It feltlike the AUTHOR likes punk music and art and architecture and whatever else and was putting in those names as a shout out to her peeps Like, hey guys, if you know who this is you are part of a super secret cool club yeah Not so much.I thought the Claire character was criminally flat I agree with another reviewer that said the book was called The Time Traveler s WIFE and yet she is mostly a non character Now, I don t have a problem with the idea that she ended up devoting her life to Henry That her commitment to him overshadowed other choices she could have made in life well, I thought that was pretty realistic and understandable If her husband got in a car crash and was a vegetable for the rest of his life, and to take care of him she ended up having to forgo many choices and let her life be dictated by this man and his medical needs, we wouldn t be arguing as much about it But that doesn t mean she doesn t have her own dreams, thoughts, needs, desires, etc which the author could have spenttime dealing with and developing I really felt that Claire was mainly there as an object for Henry to love not her own person You never feel that Claire loved Henry and made this choice, this sacrifice you feel that it was inevitable because the author said so.Claire s family was ridiculously flat If Claire was not developed enough, her family wasn t developed at all They are pretty much cardboard cut outs of stereotypes propped up at certain points in the story to help keep the plot going And where the heck do they live again that EVERYONE has money Not just money, but Money I got sick and tired of the pregnancies and miscarriages How many times before you realize you are harming yourself and your husband to the point that you will never recover Given what happens to him and all aren t their lives hard enough Why do that to yourselves over and over I understand the strong desire for a child, but why not adopt Why was that not an option I can t remember at that point if they knew it was a genetic disorder or not but if they did, would they really want that for their child wouldn t that be evenof a reason to adopt And what the heck were they going to tell that child Given how talky the characters were, I was pretty surprised that there were no heartfelt discussions of how exactly they were going to raise a child in that type of environment and what they would tell other people, etc,I really didn t like the abrupt cut from the grief on Henry dying to her being 85 That is a lot of time to cover and it felt cheap to not give even a token synopsis of how her and her daughter dealt with his death and her having the same disorder I honestly can t decide whether her being able to see him one last time it was him as a younger man jumping way ahead in time, so it was the past for Henry who was still dead was touching or cruel To deal with a devastating loss like that and so much time has gone by and to just have him pop back in like that are you glad for oneprecious moment or is it terribly cruel to give hope and snatch it away And to do that to the daughter too I don t know..My feelings about the ending depend on my mood Somedays I feel that the ending was depressing but realistic Not everything has a happy ending and I hate it when movies and TV show that ANY problem can be solved in 30 minutes So having something real, even if difficult, felt right Other days I feel like it was crap Sure life isn t always great but it isn t always crap either And I hate fatalism like that I hate the idea that life is crap and there is no escaping it I was also annoyed with Henry quitting just giving up on life for so long after the feet thing I get that he was depressed and all I do But he has lived his whole life not being able to depend on anything not where he will wake up, not if he ll have money, not be able to see or be with the people he loves, having to be deposited in the middle of no where and scramble for clothes, food and money with no idea when and where he will return This is a man who is incredibly resourceful and resilient I just had a hard time believing that he would quit like that Then again, I would imagine all those years of doing just that would take a toll on him and that was the final blow he just couldn t handle But no, I still think it was out of character.And the truly terribleThe two things that are just atrocious in this book the references to her families black servants and Henry s friend and downstairs neighbor growing up, Kimmy Wow Holy Stereotypes batman Even given Claire s family having money and being upper crust and all the whole description of them and the black servants was so odd and anachronistic Wait when did we all time travel to 1776 Why is Mammy here And with Henry s downstairs neighbor she was slightly better written and I enjoyed her character in relation to Henry and all, but again, she was so stereotypical with the broken en ga rish and all I don t know how she got away with those representations at all how did not one editor or something say, uh, Audrey, could we talk about these ethnic characters They might be a little too ethnic Seriously Absurd.So that is it I loved parts of this book and hated parts of this book There was a lot that was well done and some that was criminal I don t know if I wish someone else had taken this idea and written it or if I wish the author had held onto this idea until she hadbooks under her belt and could do it justice Either way, I just can t truly recommend this book but I can t tell people to avoid it either AARGH I recently read The Time Traveler s Wife and was pretty disappointed the author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise the dude actually time travels into something pretty flat and dull The first hundred pages really hooked me, but after a while I started to get irritated by 1 All the name checking of hipster approved bands in an attempt to establish Henry s supposed punk cred He liked the Violent Femmes in 1991 That s why he s so badass Seriously 2 The food porny descripti I recently read The Time Traveler s Wife and was pretty disappointed the author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise the dude actually time travels into something pretty flat and dull The first hundred pages really hooked me, but after a while I started to get irritated by 1 All the name checking of hipster approved bands in an attempt to establish Henry s supposed punk cred He liked the Violent Femmes in 1991 That s why he s so badass Seriously 2 The food porny descriptions of the meals they eat Some paragraphs read like the menu of a pretentious bistro.3 The awful ethnic stereotypes that characterize the few non white characters Nell, the mammy esque family cook complete with dialect , or Charisse, the childlike Filipina.4 The fact that everyone is successful and at least upper middle class, if not fabulously wealthy Even Henry somehow manages to keep his job at the Newberry library for 20 years, despite his habits of disappearing for odd stretches of time, not keeping appointments, and, oh, running around naked in the stacks from time to time It would have beeninteresting to me if his disorder kept him from having any normal kind of professional life.5 The lack of character development in the protagonists after they finally meet as adults All of a sudden, they meet and they re in love The author gives lip service to Henry s womanizing and drug problems, but really, they don t seem to pose muchthan a passing problem for Clare because she already knows they ll get married And even as a married couple, their biggest source of conflict whether they can or should have a child is extrinsic, rather than intrinsic to their personalities characters Clare never really seems to be bothered by her lack of independence, or the fact that she s so tethered to Henry because he had a part in making her who she is, etc.By the time I actually got to the end of the story, I was too emotionally distanced from the characters to really be moved by what happens to them the burden of plot winds up outsripping any kind of nuanced characterization Bad science fiction and bad romance Bah humbug Just because something is popular does not mean it s good Mass taste is often incredibly bad Such is the case with this book, only it s not incredibly bad, just not worth the hours it takes to read it.It seems like every fiction book I ve read in the past couple of years is highly depressing, this one included My life is full enough of it s own challenges and disappointments that I d like to read to escape Yes, if novels are full of heartache and struggle, they are realistic andaccur Just because something is popular does not mean it s good Mass taste is often incredibly bad Such is the case with this book, only it s not incredibly bad, just not worth the hours it takes to read it.It seems like every fiction book I ve read in the past couple of years is highly depressing, this one included My life is full enough of it s own challenges and disappointments that I d like to read to escape Yes, if novels are full of heartache and struggle, they are realistic andaccurately reflecting real life Well, this book is clearly not realistic anyway, and the amount of trauma that happened to Henry went beyond what an average person encounters I appreciate what Niffenegger was trying to do, and it certainly has it s romanticism, but it was not enjoyable to read At the beginning, I had a hard time getting past the ridiculousness of the time traveling man that is the main premise of the book I compared it to the annoying, short lived tv show Journeyman , the also depressing movie Premonition , and the time traveling bits in Lost To better swallow it, I thought of it as a children s book for adults So I finally got past the goofiness of time travelin Henry It was interesting how the author put together all the different past and futures I thought she did a good job with how she chose to order them in the book Where was the plot though While this is not a traditional story in its presentation, if you put the different scenes in sequential order it should be Instead of a story with much of a plot though, it waslike an anthropological ethnographic study of Clare and Henry One third of the book was just them having sex and making coffee It read to me asof a descriptive chronicle than a tale with messages to relay I also thought that Niffenegger never fully developed certain pieces like what happened to Henry s dad after Henry visited him and he was barely holding it together Later in the book, he comes across as a typical, mostly functioning father, but we don t see how that change occurred It also isn t clear why Henry likes Gomez It must be nice for Henry to have a friend who knows his secret, and Gomez does some stuff to help out Henry and Clare, but why the bond The first time they all have dinner together, Gomez is highly rude to Henry, but then the next time they meet during one of the time travels, they re all buddy buddy It s not like Henry s just using him for help he actually likes him on some emotional level One would think Gomez being in love with Clare would get in the way of that To wrap this up, I also think the author tries too hard to make Clare and Henry cool Clare with her dramatic artsiness and Henry with his incredible scope of book knowledge and languages, plus all the stuff about their music tastes I don t think she does a very good job of showing how Henry goes from being the selfish, lost young jerk to the caring, mature husband It s supposed to be Clare s influence, but the process is not really shown There s another huge gap in info that bothers me, but it would be a spoiler Hard to believe you could have a spoiler without much plot, but there are a couple pieces that are major events in the book All in all, interesting concept tying time travel to romance, but with real life being trying enough, I need somethinglight hearted


About the Author: Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan is a writer and artist She is also a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago Niffenegger s debut novel, The Time Traveler s Wife 2003 , was a national bestseller The Time Traveler s Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpre Audrey Niffenegger born June 13, 1963 in South Haven, Michigan is a writer and artist She is also a professor in the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia College Chicago Niffenegger s debut novel, The Time Traveler s Wife 2003 , was a national bestseller The Time Traveler s Wife is an unconventional love story that centers on a man with a strange genetic disorder that causes him to unpredictably time travel and his wife, an artist, who has to cope with his constant absence Her Fearful Symmetry 2009 , Niffenegger s second novel, is set in London s Highgate Cemetery where, during research for the book, Niffenegger acted as a tour guide.Niffenegger has also published graphic and illustrated novels including The Adventuress 2006 , The Three Incestuous Sisters 2005 , The Night Bookmobile 2009 , and Raven Girl 2013 Raven Girl was adapted into a ballet by Resident Choreographer Wayne McGregor and the Royal Opera House Ballet London in 2013 A mid career retrospective entitled Awake in the Dream World The Art of Audrey Niffenegger, was presented by the National Museum of Women in the Arts Washington D.C in 2013 An accompanying exhibition catalogue examines several themes in Niffenegger s visual art including her explorations of life, mortality, and magic


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