The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

Book rating: 05 Paperback Vintage Magic

By (author) Audrey Niffenegger

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 34mm | 372g
  • Publication date: 1 September 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099497069
  • ISBN 13: 9780099497066
  • Sales rank: 164,495

Product description

This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. 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 pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing. "The Time Traveler's Wife" depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's passionate love for each other with grace and humour. Their struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control is intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

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Author information

Audrey Niffenegger is in her thirties and lives in Chicago. She teaches fulltime at the Columbia College Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts.

Customer reviews

By Rachel 14 Jan 2010 5

"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." ... And so begins the story of Henry DeTamble, a librarian, who suffers from a genetic disorder called Chrono-Displacement, which causes him to time travel unpredictably. And his devoted wife, Clare Abshire , who must deal with Henry's absences. Henry and Clare are destined to be together, but destined to be apart.

This is a lovely story of love, loss and hope. A must read.

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"* 'The Time Traveler's Wife is one of those books where you read the first paragraph and you're hooked - unmissable' - Irish Independent * 'Henry's journeys back and forth are by turns slapstick noir and unbearably poignant, and Clare's child and teen narrations disturbingly pitch-perfect. Philosophical speculation occurs in the most unlikely devices and morality, despite the temptations of plot, remains intact. This is alarmingly close to perfection, and balm to the jaded' - Scotland on Sunday * 'The central story is so strong and touching - a universal story - ingenious - a rare book' - Evening Standard * 'Wonky, sexy, incredible' - The Times"

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"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.