Aug 12, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

My rating: Out of 5 stars, I give it 2.5

Quick overview: This novel is about Clare Abshire, who meets Henry DeTamble, a time traveler, and the story of their love.

Let me start by saying I am not a big sci-fi fan, and really not a fan of time travel in general. This is the book that was chosen for a book club I belong to, so I thought I'd give it a chance. Overall, the time travel is done well, but the first 150 pages were hard for me to get through. After that I had a better handle on the time traveling (you bounce around from different years in the story), and it wasn't so confusing. I also read the book for longer periods of time after the first 150 pages, so that might have had something to do with the flow as well. (When I first started reading the book I put it down a lot because I wasn't too attached to the story yet).

I thought the chemistry between Clare and Henry was okay - but this was touted as such a good love story, and I've definitely read better. Plus for a book that was supposed to be about Clare (i.e. the time traveler's wife), I didn't think Niffenegger developed her too much - by the end of the book I knew a lot more about Henry than I did about Clare.

Niffenegger captured some every day life moments well enough that I would put the book down to laugh, but this was in no way a page turner for me. I found it very easy to put down, and even at parts that were sad or happy, I would smile (or frown), but my emotions were never fully connected with these characters.

If this book hadn't had so many rave reviews, I don't know that I would have ever picked it up. If I didn't read this I don't think I would be missing out on anything, and while I don't hate it, I wouldn't recommend it to a friend over something else.

Not my cup of tea, but I know a lot of people that love it. If you have some spare time pick it up - if not, no big deal.

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9 comments:

Miss K said...

I just started this book yesterday! I loved the first chapter, I haven't read much sci-fi but some fantasy (HP, Inkheart, Stardust) which is only a hop, skip and a jump away from sci-fi. I'll let you know what i think of the book!

val pal :) said...

I FIGURED IT OUT! Please disregard my email. Well, not the ENTIRE email--just the first part.

Now I find that I have nothing to say, having written it all in the email. So...keep up the great blogging, BFF! :)

Becky Shaw said...

Miss K - def. let me know what you think about the book! I'm def. in the minority, but I just couldn't get into it. Val Pal - sooo many good books to read - what exactly do you want? Beach read? Something fun? Heavy? I need more info before I give you recommendations, but I have PLENTY of them!

Becky Shaw said...

Thanks for the comments ladies!

Becky Shaw said...

Oh, and Val - you should click on the "Knitting Yarns" link on the left - Lisa's blog is great and she's reviewed a LOT of books - they might give you ideas as well!

Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I think this book definitely got mixed reviews. Some of my friends loved it, some said it took them ages to finish it. The book club discussion last night was interesting. People talked about how it should have been titled "The Time Traveler" because it was more about Henry, than Clare. My take away from the book is that I often wish I had a crystal ball & could see my future, but this book made me re-think that, as sometimes, it's best not to know the future, because then you lose free will. Because most people thought that Clare did not have free will in choosing Henry, you know?

Thanks for referring people to me! I love the blogging community!! :)

Becky Shaw said...

Yeah, I definitely think it was more about Henry than Clare and I totally get the whole not having free will thing as well.

Amber (Girl with the red hair) said...

Hmmm. I read this about 6 months ago, I remember thoroughly enjoying it, but not LOVING it, if that makes sense. I got through it fairly fast but I certainly wouldn't have called it a "page turner". I also thought the ending was very sad.

I am excited for the movie, though. The trailer gives me goosebumps!

grace crawford said...

On the recommendation of a friend, I took this book on my Christmas holiday - I couldn't put it down. Within the first 10 pages I was hooked. The story is so amazingly told that it is truly only upon reflection that I grasp the brilliance of the writing style. The characters are real, the relationship fascinating and the chronology flawless.

I cannot recommend this book enough. Both a literary and a guilty pleasure - the best of both worlds.
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