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.
About the Author
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.
THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER
"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
Definitley one of the best books I have read. As someone who would love to believe in time travel and yet knows this is not possible, this book almost had me believing it might just be true. The characters are well rounded,the story entertaining and a generally "unputdownable" book.
Such a hard book to finish as I didn't want it to end. So now the hunt is on for other great authors. Came across Pierre Peju who wrote The Girl from the Chartreuse, I bought it because on the cover they quote Audrey Niffenegger as saying "A beautiful and moving book. I enjoyed it very much." Proved to be an excellent recommendation from this remarkable author.
It will stay with you long after you've finished the last page. This is an original and very unique story, where the science fiction elements (very interesting and well done in themselves) are really secondary to a beautiful and moving love story between Henry and Clare.
I highly recommend this novel to anyone who loves great fiction. The characters are all very real and the story is riveting.
This book is in my all time top ten favourites, I hope we see more great things from this author.
This is the only book that has ever made me cry. [ with the exception of Harry Potter :) ]
Truly genius book. The abstract concept first appealed to me and persuaded me to purchase it. Upon reading it, the persuasive writing made me believe that this story was somewhat realistic in its own way. It is such a sweet story. The different perspectives through differences in time periods truly make you wonder about fate, and destiny. The ending is superb although you cant help but wonder.. 'what if..'
What can I say that hasn't already been said about this book? It's truly a fantastic read. Very clever and entertaining. the title makes it sound science fiction but it is actually a love story that spans the ages, literally. Don't delay, put this one on the top of your 'to read' list.
One of the best books I have read, and re-read, and re-read…. In a long time! Niffenegger has such a remarkable and individual style, and although I constantly found myself returning to the start of each chapter to discover where in time I was reading, this didn’t detract at all from the story. Not much can make me cry, but “The Time Travelers Wife” did it. A truly unique and enjoyable book – “Feel good story of the year”!
Really loved the first 2/3 of this book, but then it got sketchy, less detailed. Rather than feeling the characters like in the beginning it almost felt like a forced narrative of token events. Started fantastically but left me feeling empty and disconnected in the end.
I was really looking forward to this book, after reading all the good reviews, but I didn't like it that much. There is no suspense, no story arc, besides waiting for them to get together at the right time, which was a given from the start. Maybe because I do read sci-fi, the whole time-traveling is just not such a big deal to me. When I finished that book, I just thought "what was the point of that story". It left me neither pondering their fate nor did it put me in any good or thoughtful mood.. But I am a quick reader and you always have to read a book first before you know how you liked it ;-)
I read the book and thoroughly enjoyed it. Decided to see the movie. Although Eric Bana is wonderful eye candy I have to say the book was way better. I recommend this book for those who love a good love story and cry.
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