Saturday, January 17, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

From the back: A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who involuntarily travels through time, and claire Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Claire's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.

My thoughts: This was different than I expected. I thought it would be more sci-fi but I found a deeper story of love, devotion, and friendship. I have mixed feelings on this book. On one hand I loved it, the romance, love and dedication Henry and Claire share is wonderful to read about. I enjoyed not only getting to know them but getting to know their friends and family. I think the author handled Henry's trips back and forth in time well.
However SPOILER ALERT I couldn't bear to think of Claire waiting and waiting all those years to see Henry one more time after his death. The end, so sad, brought the whole book down for me. Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I read it, but I was left....sad.


Dennis the Vizsla said...

I absolutely loved this book. Like you, I found the ending to be devastating, but that actually made me love it more. After I was done with it, I put it down and went and gave my wife a great big hug.

Anonymous said...

For this reason, the sad reason, I have avoided the book. I can't handle books this sad. It will drive me into such a depressed state of mind.

Alaine said...

I agree with you but don't you think that's how real life is sometimes, just tragic? Generally I prefer my happy endings so I don't read to many of these.