Saturday, 6 April 2013

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger (2003)

5 stars

The only reason I didn't read this sooner was because the movie adaptation turned me off. Which is a shame because I adore this book. It's a typical love story with a twist, the hero involuntarily time-travels away from his beloved. I was hooked on this book within the first few pages. All the raving reviews on the inside cover were completely true. It's a great book, and it commands your attention because you have to wrap your head around the time-travelling and the changes in age.

I wasn't a big fan of the movie, but you may be - check out the trailer.

Clare has known Henry since she was six, but Henry didn't meet Clare until he was 28. His older self time-travelled and met younger Clare. The pair fall in love and quickly fall into a life together. Clare is an artist and Henry is a librarian. He constantly has to explain his absences and lack of clothing, as when he time travels his clothes are left behind. Clare and Henry struggle through problems that every typical couple goes through with the added strain of Henry's time-travelling. Eventually they have a baby, who they name Alba. Alba can time-travel just like Henry. While Alba is a toddler, Henry time-travels to a field where men are shooting game and is shot and killed. But luckily the younger Henry travelled to the future and meets the older Alba a couple of times and sees his wife Clare at the age of 80, waiting for him.


  1. You have some great reviews of some of the books I loved. I really enjoyed reading your thoughts.

    1. Thanks Elaine. So happy you're enjoying the blog :)