The worst part of this book was that the whole thing was based on contrived plot devices The whole time I was reading I was wondering why the author chose to have him time travel naked To me it seemed like if it weren t for his constant pursuit of clothes there may be some real chance at something actually happening in the story Then at the end of the book I realized that the whole naked thing was a tool to achieve the amputations at the end Where was this woman s editor How do things like this get published, this story was nowhere near polished and pared down enough to make it to publication Also, the gory miscarriage scenes, yuck There was no introspect into the character s hearts and minds How does Henry feel about knowing when he is going to die How does Clare deal with him being a time travel We will never know because the book was too full of what they did and how they did it and nothing about how they felt I don t care about that stuff These characters were selfish, pretentious and self absorbed And the credibility goes right out the window when they win the lottery Come on I honestly don t see why this book is so well loved This book angered me.
Why can t there be a negative star rating I hated, hated this book And yes, I did finish it All way too many pages of it But, in my defense it was foolishly the only book I brought with me when I was hospitalized for 24 hours after wisdom tooth surgery, and when your options are daytime soaps or this wretched bookwell, at least I got to read the ending and conclude definitively that it wasn t worth it Okay, now that I ve gotten a bit of a rant out, let me be a little organized about my dislikes 1 The sex More accurately, the sex after sex after sex, in graphic detail not pornographic detail, granted, but WAY than I wanted to picture , at all sorts of different ages Wow Yeah, I just hated that If it serves a purpose to the plot, fine, include it, but don t give me every single move I just don t need to know that.
2 The plot was convoluted I can say this fairly because I read it in practically one sitting, and while I was able to keep things straight, it would have served the book better to not attempt to take in so many sub plots and minutia 3 Okay, I will admit that for having a sci fi premise, the concept of time travel as outlined here was at least moderately believable What I didn t like was that it wasn t especially original anyone seen Journeyman yet had the pretension that it was.
4 The whole crux of the novel was the great love story between Henry and Claire Yet, as a reader I m much interested and moved by two NICE people ending up together, and staying together, than two people I just don t like that much Let s face it, Henry is not a great guy And there s that whole poor rich girl thing going on with Claire I just wasn t feeling it.
Okay, all of that said, I really don t recommend this book to anyone I realize there are a lot of people that like it I know I checked the reviews expecting to be completely vindicated, but alas, it seems I m in the minority but those people who like it apparently enjoy a different class of book than I do There are so many great works out there, why waste your time with this Warning Spoilery review Short version Hurry up and read this Holy crap Someone should have warned me about reading this book at work I have been sitting here bawling my eyes out, tears streaming madly down my cheeks, flooding my eyes until the words swim into fields of glistening black lines This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can t even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable with Really, though, even objectively I have little to offer in the way of criticism What was probably a nightmare of a book to write was woven together seamlessly, so beautifully constructed it seems like a living, organic thing than an idea born inside someone s head I liked the foreshadowing, I liked the intricacy, I liked that we never really know what Alba chooses in the future, whether she embraces the time travel or tries to stop it I loved the poignant pain that begins to trickle across the pages as the pieces begin falling into place I am curious to see how Clare and Alba s relationship developed once Henry was gone, but I was happy it was not in the story That there are plenty of things for my imagination to fill in makes me happy I also really liked the approach the author took to the paradox of time travel It seemed the most plausible, unarguable position I ve ever heard and I have taken a class on it , though I have not allowed myself to think about it too hard as I have no wish, at least within the context of this book, to unravel how much sense it makes What really hit me in the gut seriously, I did not even cry this hard when I read Where the Red Fern Grows for the first time, and I got red faced, puffy eyed and ugly over that one , was the horrible feeling that I could see myself as Clare and know exactly how she felt about Henry, and could fill the unwritten pages of her future with grief that I would know and understand I cannot imagine losing my husband I cannot imagine ever having to face a day knowing that he was not there, and never would be again No matter how much I would want to think that for his sake I would be strong, go on, live out my life with joy and accomplishment as he would have wanted, the truth is I would probably wind up just like Henry s father, a wasted, squandered creature who does not know how to exist alone without the sound of his laughter, the warmth of his arms around my body, the feel of his head resting against my chest, the drowsy murmur of I love you against my ear as we drift off to sleep, the domestic intimacy and companionship that accompanies the hiss of bacon frying in the skillet as he and I stand side by side fixing breakfast on Sunday mornings I do not know who I would be without those things, but I would be someone unrecognizable from who I am now This book is also listed on IMDB, which really excites me, as I think it could be a beautiful movie Everything it needs to be good is right here in the book, and because of the manner of Henry s death, it even lacks the melodramatic twist that most dramas rely on, such as a car accident, an act of God, or something else outside of the character s control No, there is culpability here, and that is an incredibly powerful thing While it was not the purpose of this book to examine how Claire dealt with her father and brother after Henry s death, or how they dealt with themselves, it would have been so interesting to see There s too much to like about this book, and something so real and raw and powerful about the sadness and grief it portrays Incredible.
i hate reading books that everyone keeps bothering me to read first there are the gushing reviews from the media, complete with intelligent sound clips it s so awesome so titillating the way the author captures that thing where the girl says that stuff and then they go to that cool place you know even oprah says so and then there are the crowds of friends who carry around their freshly bought it book ok, i m bitter, i can t afford to buy new books who can t wait to share their newfound genius at having read said new it book they want to tell you ooh, but erin hasn t read it yet, has she ugh well we ll just have to discuss later, then SIGH have you read it yet have you read it yet have you read it yet have you OW OW being the moment i use aforementioned freshly purchased it book to smack someone over the head, thus ending my brief first and last encounter with said book, forever unless it wins a nobel prize and i m required to read it for sake of my intelligence which has NEVER HAPPENED spoiler alert HOWEVER sorry, this all caps thing is growing on me however, a used copy of the time travelers wife was the biggest book i could find in the bargin bin before i boarded my 5 hour flight back to the east coast this holiday season, and therefore i found myself starting a novel that s been beaten over my head by all my bffs since it came out and let me tell you, small cabin space and an a measly in flight movie selection of the game plan and george lopez s shitty sitcom whatever it s called were the only things keeping me from dropping my interest throughout the first couple of chapters i wanted to like these characters, because i like time travel, and anyone who gets to try it out should definitely also be cool but i kept wondering, when does it get good when does it get good when does it get and i m not sure when it happened, but suddenly it got GOOD i mean, really good it wasn t really enough for me, just wondering when claire and henry would get together, because, to be honest, i wasn t that invested in their characters i can t explain this, because i can t pinpoint the reason the quality of writing was decent, i can find no specific thread to rant on about the characters not being developed there was just no hook after the first tiny intro at the very very beginning, i kept waiting for that sense of urgency to come back and then it did suddenly, beautifully, there was so much for them to live for, and as soon as i got that lovely, dreadful inkling that henry was going to die of COURSE he has to die, shut up, i didn t spoil anything, this is a love story then i couldn t get enough i think the build up of flash backs helped incredibly in this as well, because after i had gained this huge database of memories i was inexplicably and wonderfully tied up in the drama of their stories it was a slow, eventual build, but the payoff was WELL there s that caps button again god it s fun worth it which, let me tell you, almost never happens in these cases unless you write a million little pieces and oprah shoves her big foot in her mouth and people like me get to watch the spectle on cnn between episodes of arrested developement lovely ps in a random, non funny tangent, i would also like to briefly comment on the fact that she wouldn t give up having her all important baby wow, annoying i felt just as tired as henry give it up woman, you re wasting precious time with him and exhausting everybody on your insane quest don t get me wrong, i felt really bad for her during the first part but SIX miscarriages i know there s an element like who could handle that much sadness , but i got to thinking, who could bring that much death on themselves where is the point where you say, it s not going to work, and i ll accept that i was frustrated because i felt like she was spending what little time she had with henry making him worried about everything when they could have just been living there.
wooooooo I ve been putting off writing this review for days because I knew that this would be a struggle for me There aren t enough words in the English language that could accurately convey my feelings for The Time Traveler s Wife If you haven t read this book, I urge you to do so You can expect a literary experience unlike one you ve ever had.
What did I love most about this book The love story It was truly enchanting The two protagonists, Henry and Clare were not only meant for each other, but it was as if they were destined to be together They will go on to face obstacle upon obstacle, but their love for one another never wanes Simply put, this was a book that had that Extra Something The X factor or the IT factor, if you will C est magnifique I am conflicted about this book Do not let my 4 stars fool you, they are an emotional rating.
I ll start with the things I really liked about it Loved all the foreshadowing The knowing something was going to happen, and maybe even a little bit of what it was, but never knowing or understanding fully until both characters had experienced the moment And then all the foreshadowing of the tragic end Once I started putting the puzzle together I really couldn t put it down And I had several moments where I couldn t control the tears even long before the tragedy happens, because the foreshadowing was that emotionally charged.
I felt that the way the author set it up was ingenious While you are reading along in a fairly chronological timeline, it is interspersed with moments of past and future as Henry travels through time At first it felt very disjunct, but by the end I really loved the way it mirrored how Henry and Clare must feel as they lived their life in such a non chronological manner Especially Henry.
The love story was indeed epic I bawled like a baby at the end, it was so tragic to me And sweet at the same time The way that the author addressed themes of love, fate, destiny, personal choice and, of course, time was mind blowing at times as all time travel issues are to me but very cool to see how it all intertwined I liked how she dealt with the whole time travel issue in that Henry could never actually change anything in the future Everything already happened, whether in the past or the future, because for Henry, his future is his past and his past is his future I told you it was a bit mind blowing But yeah, the love story was riveting.
Things I didn t like so much The absolutely uneccesary detail of the mundane I felt the author spent too much time describing grocery lists literally of things and music and whatever when she could have been examining the thoughts and feelings of the characters It took me 3 weeks to read this book, and not because it was long I didn t have any problem ignoring it for days at a time because of the tedious reading at times Nothing in the writing made me want to keep reading until the last half of the book, which I did read much quickly.
The language F word on nearly every page Two sitings of the C word Totally unnecessary The love scenes were often a bit graphic, and there were so many of them Because of this, I started feeling that the love was based in sex than anything and I would have like the author to explore some of the deep feelings that did show up when Henry and Clare weren t in bed Again, unnecessary really.
Sometimes I got confused and experienced deja vu Knowing it was because one of the characters had already mentioned a certain event and I would often have to go through the book and find the previous mention so I could have full understanding.
Mostly though, it was a very cool book And very emotionalat least for me It really spoke to something in me about relationships and choices and destiny not that I totally believe in destiny, but you know p
The Time Traveler s Wife is a controversial novel, and when my book club discussed it, there were burning pitchforks, buckets of hot tar and glasses of Pinot Noir being splashed in faces The room was like a parking lot after a football game between contentious rivals It was awesome.
I give a HUGE amount of credit to the ladies of my book club For 11 years they have suffered through having me, both a Lit teacher and a writer, as a member, and they have put up with A LOT of my empassioned opinions When I don t like a book, I make it ABUNDANTLY clear why it sucks and when I love a book that others don t, I verbally knock them out of my way.
And I love this book Boy howdy, do I love this book I originally read it 11 years ago then re read it, and took a bunch of notes , and the characters and the plot just hopped on into the synapses of my brain, curled up there and have remained comfortably in that position, forever.
In my opinion, you can read this book for its surface value as a romance or an adventure , or you can go deeper This novel is loaded with metaphors, and you can get both Biblical here and or follow the story with Homer s Odyssey by your side.
For Henry is a modern day Odysseus He s a Christ figure as well He represents the spring, the adventurer, the one who is both sacrificed and reborn.
And his love, Clare, is both the archetypal mother and the wife, the perpetual autumn, and Penelope, the one who waits.
Niffenegger s plot point of time travel is immense It serves here as a lush metaphor for the cycle of life the living, the dying, the what comes after And it doesn t hurt that Henry loves my kind of music, too.
The ladies of book club who passionately disliked this book cited several reasons They complained that Niffenegger s style was not linear, they had a hard time following the plot, and they found Henry s relationship with Clare bordering on predatory or creepy I acknowledge that they experienced these problems, but they just weren t an issue for me.
And the ending my God I cried to the point of embarrassment, even though I was home alone as I finished I actually GASPED at the end, and my steadfast rule is if a book makes me GASP, it automatically earns 5 stars It is truly one of the best, most heart breaking endings to a novel that I ve ever encountered My sweatshirt was soaked by the end and I ached and mourned and grieved all over those final pages.
I actually started to cry while writing this review, just revisiting that ending A decade later Damn Good choice for my 400th review I recently read The Time Traveler s Wife and was pretty disappointed the author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise the dude actually time travels into something pretty flat and dull The first hundred pages really hooked me, but after a while I started to get irritated by 1 All the name checking of hipster approved bands in an attempt to establish Henry s supposed punk cred He liked the Violent Femmes in 1991 That s why he s so badass Seriously 2 The food porny descriptions of the meals they eat Some paragraphs read like the menu of a pretentious bistro.
3 The awful ethnic stereotypes that characterize the few non white characters Nell, the mammy esque family cook complete with dialect , or Charisse, the childlike Filipina.
4 The fact that everyone is successful and at least upper middle class, if not fabulously wealthy Even Henry somehow manages to keep his job at the Newberry library for 20 years, despite his habits of disappearing for odd stretches of time, not keeping appointments, and, oh, running around naked in the stacks from time to time It would have been interesting to me if his disorder kept him from having any normal kind of professional life.
5 The lack of character development in the protagonists after they finally meet as adults All of a sudden, they meet and they re in love The author gives lip service to Henry s womanizing and drug problems, but really, they don t seem to pose much than a passing problem for Clare because she already knows they ll get married And even as a married couple, their biggest source of conflict whether they can or should have a child is extrinsic, rather than intrinsic to their personalities characters Clare never really seems to be bothered by her lack of independence, or the fact that she s so tethered to Henry because he had a part in making her who she is, etc.
By the time I actually got to the end of the story, I was too emotionally distanced from the characters to really be moved by what happens to them the burden of plot winds up outsripping any kind of nuanced characterization Bad science fiction and bad romance Bah humbug.
Very unusual for me but DNF, so I did not give it a rating It s the story of a couple in love where the man comes back at various ages before and after he initially met his wife When that happens we get the perspective on what s going on from both him and her I m not a fan of romance or sci fi, so I guess the combination of the two turned me off I always give a book at least 20 pages and this one had so many good reviews, I went back and gave it another twenty pages but just couldn t get into it image from astronomytrek.