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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife
By Audrey Niffenegger

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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.

Product Details

  • Amazon Sales Rank: #312491 in Books
  • Brand: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Published on: 2004-05-27
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .90" h x 5.30" w x 7.90" l, .97 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 546 pages


  • Great product!

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
This highly original first novel won the largest advance San Francisco-based MacAdam/Cage had ever paid, and it was money well spent. Niffenegger has written a soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely observed details and scenes, and one that skates nimbly around a huge conundrum at the heart of the book: Henry De Tamble, a rather dashing librarian at the famous Newberry Library in Chicago, finds himself unavoidably whisked around in time. He disappears from a scene in, say, 1998 to find himself suddenly, usually without his clothes, which mysteriously disappear in transit, at an entirely different place 10 years earlier-or later. During one of these migrations, he drops in on beautiful teenage Clare Abshire, an heiress in a large house on the nearby Michigan peninsula, and a lifelong passion is born. The problem is that while Henry's age darts back and forth according to his location in time, Clare's moves forward in the normal manner, so the pair are often out of sync. But such is the author's tenderness with the characters, and the determinedly ungimmicky way in which she writes of their predicament [...] that the book is much more love story than fantasy. It also has a splendidly drawn cast, from Henry's violinist father [...] to Clare's odd family and a multitude of Chicago bohemian friends. [...] It is a fair tribute to her skill and sensibility to say that the book leaves a reader with an impression of life's riches and strangeness rather than of easy thrills.
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From Booklist
On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he is or what he is doing. It drops him naked and vulnerable into another decade, wearing an age-appropriate face. In fact, it's not unusual for Henry to run into the other Henry and help him out of a jam. Sound unusual? Imagine Clare Detamble's astonishment at seeing Henry dropped stark naked into her parents' meadow when she was only six. Though, of course, until she came of age, Henry was always the perfect gentleman and gave young Clare nothing but his friendship as he dropped in and out of her life. It's no wonder that the film rights to this hip and urban love story have been acquired. Elsa Gaztambide
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"A powerfully original love story." -- People

"Tremendous grace and imagination . . . A love story without softness or flinchiing." -- The Washington Post Book World

"[A] time-travel love story par excellence. . . . [A] soaring celebration of thhe victory of love over time." -- Chicago Tribune

Spirited . . . Niffenegger plays ingeniously in her temporal hall of mirrors." -- The New Yorker

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful.
5The Guilty Pleasures of the Time Traveler's Wife
By Keizu
OK, full disclosure: I've read the Time Traveller's Wife 4 times. I've also got a weakness for Victorian novelists and Shakespearian tragedies, not to mention Ray Bradbury's brand of scifi, if you can even call it scifi. TTW has elements of all of these, and for me at least, it works so well that, despite Niffenegger's mediocre prose, the plot s so cleverly constructed, the story so romantic, sad and beautiful, the characters so memorable, that every couple of years I get an uncontrollable urge to read it again. Of course there are plot elements and time travel paradoxes that stretch the borders of credibility, but no more than half a dozen bizarre elements in 100 Years of Solitude. And this book makes you feel good, restores your faith in romantic love somehow, without becoming overwhelmingly sentimental or syrapy. It's a guilty pleasure,reading this book again and again in a post-modern era where to enjoy such fiction is just totally uncool. So go ahead, read it in secret, especially if you're a guy like me, who reads Jane Austin and the Brönte sisters on the sly.

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful.
4The Time Traveler’s Wife is a good read. The story is told first person present ...
By JM Wilson
The Time Traveler’s Wife is a good read. The story is told first person present tense with the point of view switching back and forth between Clare and Henry. I have to be careful and not tear into this story because I know people who loved this novel. I didn’t, but I don’t want to be lynched so I’ll tread as lightly as I can. This is probably a good time to mention I don’t believe in time travel.

I liked the eighties punk rock references, but she doesn’t give any mention to Fear, Bonnie Hayes and the Punts, The Circle Jerks, The Commandos, etc.

Now that I’ve got what I liked out of the way I’ll only mention a few things that I tended not to like, the artsy stuff, the claw footed bathtubs everywhere, someone being held at gunpoint while duct taped to a tree and having an erection, someone being shot with a rifle by a hunter in the shotgun only zone of Michigan, putting frost bitten feet into hot water, the protagonist letting a guy smoke a cigarette while having sex with her, the alcohol and drug use, I could go on, but you probably get the idea.

I wanted Henry arrested for pedophilia and Clare arrested for child abuse.

About half of the time I read everything from nonfiction to westerns. The other half of the time I read sci-fi and fantasy.

Sci-fi and fantasy authors I like include Douglas Adams, Isaac Asimov, Paolo Bacigalupi, Ray Bradbury, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Earnest Cline, Suzanne Collins, Abe Evergreen, Diana Gabaldon, William R. Forstchen, Joe Haldeman, Robert A. Heinlein, Frank Herbert, Hugh Howey, George Martin, Larry Niven, Andre Norton, George Orwell, Patrick Rothfuss, Brandon Sanderson, John Scalzi, John Steakley, J.R.R. Tolkien, and Andy Weir.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
5One of my new favorite books. I will read this again.
By Hilander
I have put off reading this book for a long time. I had no idea why it kept popping up in different suggestions for me. I enjoy Time Travel books but this sounded more like a love story. So I kept putting it off. Then finally read an article that referred to this story as one of the best time travel stories so I decided to give it a chance.
I was immediately rewarded. This book engaged me in the first few minutes and never let go. What an amazing and unique perspective on this genre.
This is a great story.

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