The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

Book rating: 04 Paperback Vintage Books

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
  • Edition statement: Export ed
  • Sales rank: 2,123

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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!