The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger: A Review

The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger: A Review
Here’s a review of The Time Traveler’s Wife, reviewed by our resident bibliophile, Amanda Sweeney.

This review also appears on the AngloStore and La Bouquinerie Anglaise websites.

Time_Travelers_Wife_BookThe Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, takes its readers on a journey through time and exposes them to Clare Abshire and Henry DeTamble’s uncommon, to say the least, love story.

Written back in 2003 as Niffenegger’s debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife was adapted into a movie in 2009 starring the beautiful, talented, and best of all Canadian Rachel McAdams (Clare) alongside Australian actor Eric Bana (Henry).

Henry DeTamble suffers from a genetic disorder that forces him to travel through time to events of great significance to him. Clare met Henry when she was 6 years old while he was 40 something. Over the course of The Time Traveler’s Wife it is clear that Clare’s love for Henry throughout her entire life has stood the test of time and he in turn, when they meet at a common age, falls in love with her as well.

The rest of the novel describes situations that normal couples would go through when in love such as meeting friends and family, dinner dates, a wedding, pregnancy, and more, with the exception that Henry cannot seem to control his sporadic disappearances. This makes for an interesting twist that will have the readers wondering “what could possibly go right this time?” in a comical way.

At the end of The Time Traveler’s Wife, the reader will get a real sense just as to how timeless Niffenegger defines the concept of love.

While I usually make a point to only watch a movie adaptation after reading the book it is based on, this time I went the opposite route. I knew it was risky because most of the time by doing so, I completely ruin the reading experience.

However, with this particular book-movie combo, I thought it was almost beneficial to watch the movie beforehand. Let me explain why.

The book jumps back and forth through different years. Although it is clearly indicated what the date and/or time of the event or chapter is, I would imagine it would be difficult to focus and remember what all happened, at what time, and in what order.

The movie is very similar to the book in that sense, but it is so much easier to have a visual memory aid when reading through the events that make up the incredible love story between Henry and Clare.

I would highly suggest both watching the movie and reading the book in whatever way you should personally see fit. The details and extended information about the story that are found in the novel are well worth the read.

The Time Traveler’s Wife will have you laughing, crying, and wanting to read and/or watch it on a reoccurring basis for that feel-good romantic vibe, time and time again.

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