Wednesday, March 25, 2009

The Time Traveller's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger

This was another book that I had picked up a few years back, read about 50 pages of it and put it down. Now I can't remember why I didn't like it so when my bookclub decided to read it I thought I would give it another try. I started reading it on the weekend but after four days I was only 100 pages in. I didn't really like it and I found it hard to follow but people said that after İ got into it a bit more it would flow better and I would really like ıt. Well it did begin to flow better and people were right that I did begin to like it.

This book is about Henry - a man who has a genetic mutation that leads him to travel through time when he is stressed. He has had this problem since he was a child. The book is also about Clare, Henry's wife whom we meet in the storry at different parts of her life because Henry travels through time to mee ther when she is a little girl. The novel is about their life together and the future that they are trying to make. Henry is not supposed to tell anyone about the future and Clare isn't supposed to tell Henry about the future that Henry from the future has already told her about.

The novel can be a bit confusing because of the time travelling and the ages changing. But you get used to the style of writing after a while. I did like this book - but it did not make me happy. It actually made me feel really really sad. To be honest, it is a pretty depressing book. The characters have so many problems and trauma that they go through - Clare and Henry's relationship is not always a happy one or a functional one.

I am glad I read this book after not finishing it years before. I think it has great points to discuss and our bookclub meeting will be very interesting.


Blodeuedd said...

This book was so, so...made me cry :( I am such a sucker for happy endings.

Bybee said...

I think we're meant to feel confused at first to reflect Henry's disorientation.

lilly said...

I have never read this one. I don't know why. I did hear a lot of good about it but for some reason I always pick it up, read the back and put it down. maybe one day, when my TBR pile grows noticeably smaller.