Ever wish you could turn back the clock, go back in time, change something in some way, right a wrong, maybe?
How ’bout going back in time and not being able to change anything that’s already happened? This is precisely Henry’s curse… and blessing. Henry is the time traveler in Audrey Niffenegger’s wonderful love story about Clare and Henry. Now don’t go running off just because I called it a love story. This burly biker dude don’t do romance books, you know. Don’t be afraid of this one, though. It’s unique.
And if you don’t like science fiction, don’t run off just yet, either. This book is so difficult to pigeon hole easily. It’s joyous, tragic, intense, light and airy, humorous, dark, playful, serious, happy, and sad all rolled into one extremely satisfying story. This is a story of humanity, of life, of beginnings and endings. Whether you’re an 80 year old granny or a 17 year old skateboard punk, I think anyone with a bit of humanity in them will be affected by Ms. Niffenegger’s story of Clare and Henry.
The book I actually read was from my local library. However, I liked this story so much that I ordered a copy a few minutes ago from an online seller. I will definitely be reading this book again sometime in the future. It’s one of those books that once you closed that back cover over after reading that last page, you have just such a wonderful feeling of satiation and tranquility. Any readers out there know exactly what I mean.
Many books are enjoyable, some are very good; a few, like this one, are special. We all have our favorites. It’s a subjective thing, for sure. Recommendations from readers and written reviews are usually not ironclad guarantees of similar reactions in others. They can be a starting point, though. A book like The Time Traveler’s Wife is usually not my cup of joe. If someone had recommended it or I had read a review of it, just the words “love” and “story” probably would have scared me off. I saw this book on the bottom shelf at the libary. The title intrigued me. The cover was even more interesting. I checked it out. I’m so glad I did.
Paperback: 546 pages
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 27, 2004)
Pick yourself up a copy of this little gem next time you’re at your local library or bookshop. I don’t think you’ll regret it.
Time, not the mind, puts an end to love. ~Publilius Syrus