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 | 624 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 176mm x 46mm | 381g
  • Publication date: 23 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099546183
  • ISBN 13: 9780099546184
  • Sales rank: 1,973

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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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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 Cape. Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was recently serialized in the Guardian and will be published soon 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 David and Kate Cook 13 Nov 2010 4

A good book. It takes a bit of getting used to the format but once you work it out it's easy and is actually quite intrigueing thinking about how all the time travel fits together. I enjoyed it.

By Penny Cunningham 18 Jun 2010 3

This is actually the 2nd time I have read this book because I thought I had missed something the 1st time round. Everyone seems to be raving about it since the film came out, but I really don't think I did (miss anything)! Don't get me wrong it is a very cleverly written book and an ingenius topic, but I find all the flipping backwards a bit of a bind! It puts me off my stride whilst reading and gets in the way of me enjoying the book.
I really wanted to like it and I do in many ways, I just find it too disjointed for my tastes. Sorry!

By Joanne Peulen 31 Dec 2009 5

I can see why so many people loved this book - there's something in it for everyone! I don't normally enjoy science fiction so I originally had my reservations about the time travelling aspect of this story. My concerns about the time travelling and its potential â?~gimmick' factor were completely unfounded though. This ambitious concept was so skilfully executed it simply added to the telling of what is ultimately a modern day love story. By love story I don't just mean romance, I mean enduring love, admiration and respect found in a variety of relationships.

Niffenegger's use of a dual narrative presents the tale from the two lead character's differing perspectives. This adds immense depth to the telling of the story; it also removed the need for laborious descriptive detail. The lead characters, Henry and Clare, are strikingly real despite the very unreal situations they find themselves in. They are not perfect, they don't always do the right thing and that simply heightens their likeability. This is a story that could be enjoyed by men and women in equal measure.

If I had to describe this story in one word, that word would be â?~moving'. On one level, it is a very clever telling of an excellent story. On a deeper level, it's a valuable reminder of the fragility of our lives and the virtues of living in the moment - carpe diem!

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"At it's 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. Niffenegger is a master at saying the unsayable, so here's something unsayable especially for her. 'lanoitpecxesikoobsiht'" Independent on Sunday