What is this book about?
‘The Time Travelers’ Wife’ is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
Genre: Romance, Science Fiction
Released: January 2003
My rating? 3,5/5
What I thought of it?
Since I’ve always loved these kind of Science Fiction stories, I just had to read this book at least once in my life. It has probably been on my to-be-read pile longer than I have that actual list, but I never actually got around to picking it up. But when I heard they were soon playing the on-screen version on Belgian television, I decided to finally give this one a go. And I don’t regret it one bit. (I do regret forgetting to record the damn movie when it actually played last Friday. *sigh*)
While indeed it is quite a long book and it does seem to drag at some bits, I really enjoyed this book. It’s such a unique love story and although the writing itself is nothing special it still managed to keep me interested. You always seem to know a bit about what’s coming – because of Henry’s timetraveling of course – but still you don’t know everything, which keeps you on your toes the entire time. Just the right amount of suspence.
To be honest when I started reading, I had quite some difficulties to get used to how it was written, but after a few chapters, I had adapted well. So don’t give up after a few pages if you’re experiencing the same problem. It does get better.
The concept of time-traveling has always intrigued me, and this book actually made me look at it in an entirely different way. It made me not want to be able to time travel. While I’m sort of sad that it put it in a negative daylight, it’s still nice to see it being used in a different way.
I felt so bad for both the main characters during the entire course as it’s so hard to understand their struggle and feelings. Henry of course was the most intriguing of the two, but Clare was also quite interesting. But to be honest, I would never ever want to be her. I would probably die of anxiety every time Henry disappeared.
Now that I’ve finished it, I wonder why I didn’t read it sooner. It’s such a classic in a genre that I very much enjoy. Either way, I got around to it now, and I can only advice you to do the same soon. While it’s no literary masterpiece, it’s still such a nice story.
Until next time,
With love, Ellen