The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

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By (author) Audrey Niffenegger

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 560 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 196mm x 38mm | 386g
  • Publication date: 1 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099464462
  • ISBN 13: 9780099464464
  • Sales rank: 336

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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.

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Audrey Niffenegger is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph's readers' poll of the 'Top 50 Books of All Time' it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two 'novels-in-pictures', The Three Incestuous Sisters (2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Jonathan Cape. Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was serialized in the Guardian and published on the Cape Graphic list. A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University's Houghton Library.

Customer reviews

By Amanda Gilder 24 Mar 2013 5

One of my favourite books of all time. A lovely story of love and loss. It stays with you even long after you have finished.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to get wrapped up into a compelling story.

By Rebecca Woodward 17 Aug 2012 5

I loved this book. I finished it in one day and the moment I finished, I wanted to read it again. It always makes me smile and cry. One of the best books I have read. The rich, expressive writing and the warm, interesting characters bring life to an interesting story. I fell in love with the characters. The book and movie have many differences, but each are lovely. I am glad I read the book first. Don't expect them to me the same, they are only similar. An enchanting story

By Lauren Davis 28 Sep 2011 5

I also saw the movie before reading the book and I think that helped grasp the story a little easier. I absolutely LOVED the book. The characters, storyline, the unique way of writing... It is definitely a must read if you enjoy reading about love and relationships. The ending is terribly sad (tear jerking) but a little price to pay for a beautiful story.

By Lauren 12 Sep 2010 5

I saw the movie before I read the book, and I did not enjoy the movie at all so was very hesitant to even read this book. A friend of mine insisted that I read the book and after a few chapters, I was hooked and wanted to find out more about Henry and Clare. Definitely a must read for fans of a good love story.

By Martina 10 Jan 2010 5

I was skeptical, I have to admit it: I was afraid to read a corny book that had sold too many copies not to be suspicious, but curiosity got the better and here I am: I read it and liked it, although at first I tried to convince myself I didn't care about the story of Henry and Clare...

Henry and Clare are a wonderful couple: the perfect intersection of bodies and souls; their history plays us along: it seems it wants to teach us that love can overcome the boundaries of time, but the reality is that time is more cruel than you can imagine: knowing the future won't be useful to change it!
The only consolation lays in the hope of reliving the joys of the past: the chance to enjoy once again a segment of the existence they had to leave behind apparently forever is a sad revenge: the fall of the "Einmal ist Keinmal" by Kundera.
It hurts.
Better to follow the "classic" straight line, rather than being trapped in a twisted spiral in which it's impossible to distinguish a direction to follow.
Would you like to travel in time?
After reading this book I don't know what to say.
Perhaps I would say no.
It's painful.
Exhaustion, loss, cold and thousands of other variables are hidden in a time travel: it could be fatal to me, why risk it?
The strength of Henry and Clare's love reveals itself throughout the difficulties it has to overcome: the obstacles that stand out "before" and "after" their life, casting a shadow of relief or sadness over the present.
Would it be better not to know?
I don't know.
I just know that I was moved.
This story has torn me: It took and crumpled me, leaving its mark.

The structure of the novel is clear and well designed - there is nothing to fear, the jumps in time would not confuse the careful reader - and the writing of Niffenegger glides lightly without weighing, outlining the figures of two lovers out of time: Henry and Clare as Ulysses and Penelope forever.

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"At its core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book - startlingly original construction" Observer "I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel...utterly convincing" Daily Telegraph "Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish" Guardian "Wonky, sexy, incredible" The Times "Pick up Niffenegger's book and you'll experience a visceral thrill that only a few novels provide. An elegy to love and loss" Independent on Sunday

Back cover copy

"An enchanting novel, beautifully crafted and as dazzlingly imaginative as it is dizzyingly romantic."--Scott Turow A most untraditional story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love. One of "People "magazine's Top Ten Books of the Year "[A] time-travel love story par excellence. . . . It will be a hard-hearted reader who is not moved to tears by this soaring celebration of the victory of love over time." --"Chicago Tribune" Audrey Niffenegger is a professor in the M.F.A. program at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts. She lives in Chicago. "The Time Traveler's Wife" is her first novel; her second, "Her Fearful Symmetry," takes place next to London's Highgate Cemetery.