calliope22, January 12, 2011 (view all comments by calliope22)
The first time I read Time Traveller's Wife I thought it might be the best book I had ever read. The second time I read it, in 2010, I was certain. Love the concept, the paranormal aspect, the romanticism, but most powerful of all was the truth I found on each and every page...that within our own lives, we are virtually powerless against fate.
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akemijoy, February 1, 2010 (view all comments by akemijoy)
I loved reading this book! Niffenegger's writing made me care about the characters, identify with them and allowed me to feel their emotions roll off the page. I laughed out loud at times and cried so much I had to put the book down at others. It was a very unique look at a relationship over time. I really enjoyed all the twists, turns and jumps back and forth through time and space. Truly my favorite book of the last 10 years!
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choochoo, January 31, 2010 (view all comments by choochoo)
This book, although a bit confusing as to where you are in time, really catches your attention and pulls you in to the pain and confusion that is the life of a time traveler. Henry, as we learn, has a genetic anomaly that causes him to disappear from one place and reappear, naked, in another time and place altogether. We follow Henry as he meets Clare for the first time, in a field by her house, when she is all of six years old...and we continue to follow Henry, as his life plays out here and there, then and now.
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"Inspired by her grandparents' love story in which the grandmother outlived her husband by nearly three decades, Niffenegger has invented Henry and Clare, and their unique and complicated love story involving the ability to live in the past and future in an unpredictable parallel. Delightful, imaginative, with an unforgettable conclusion."
"A powerfully original love story."
by The New Yorker,
"Spirited...Niffenegger plays ingeniously in her temporal hall of mirrors."
by Publishers Weekly (Starred Review),
"[A] highly original first novel....[A] soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely observed details and scenes....[L]eaves a reader with an impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"[C]leverly executed and tastefully furnished if occasionally overwrought....A Love Story for educated, upper-middle-class tastes...it could have some of that long-ago book's commercial potential, too."
by Orlando Sentinel,
"The premise may sound strange, but Niffenegger infuses her love story with such bittersweet tenderness that it becomes credible."
by Chicago Tribune,
"In Audrey Niffenegger's debut novel, The Time Traveler's Wife, we have the time-travel love story par excellence, with a remarkable new twist on this seductive but often predictable genre."
by Literary Review,
"[A]n unabashed homage to love, a tear-jerker of the first order which also happens to be an absorbing existential exploration of 'being' and temporality."
by Detroit Free Press,
"This is Niffenegger's first novel. It's amazing and wonderful (except for a trickle of sap at the end), and I wish I could go back in time to the day I started reading it and read it all over again."
by The Boston Globe,
"At turns playful, wearisome, and moving....Yet this lengthy novel is not all it could have been; at times, Niffenegger seems to be working out an idea rather than shaping a story."
by The Oregonian,
"As The Time Traveler's Wife heads toward its immensely moving inevitable conclusion, this promising author leaves us with much to ponder about the nature of fate, memory, death and love."
by The Washington Post Book World,
"Accomplished as this novel often is — Niffenegger is especially dexterous in handling multiple domestic events common to relationship novels...one hopes to see what she will do next using more recognizable forms of storytelling."
by Dallas Morning News,
"Ms. Niffenegger alternates the voices of Clare and Henry telling the story...so that the reader gets to know both characters intimately....It's not the plot but how it works itself out that makes this novel a delight."
by Denver Post,
"Niffenegger's beautiful prose and sure-handed way with character development lifts The Time Traveler's Wife beyond the realm of romance potboilers and into the mainstream of literature that will last."
by South Florida Sun-Sentinel,
"Niffeneger takes the stuff of science fiction and makes it so real that the reader moves past the premise of time travel to become emotionally involved in the lives of the characters....[It] pulls the reader into its world and doesn't let go until the last page."
by San Diego Union-Tribune,
"Though the book remains a kick throughout, Henry and Clare, from any angle and at any time, gleam with unapproachable, off-putting perfection; imagine, say, Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston."
by St. Petersburg Times,
"[M]ore magical realism than sci-fi, and above all it's a surprising and compelling love story....Niffenegger avoids the drag of sentimentality and keeps it soaring with genuine emotion."
A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story 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 love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.
An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.
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