Sunday, December 9, 2012

Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
Paperback, 546 pages
Published July 5th 2003 by Mariner Books
A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate love affair endures across a sea of time and captures the two lovers in an impossibly romantic trap, and it is Audrey Niffenegger's cinematic storytelling that makes the novel's unconventional chronology so vibrantly triumphant.

An enchanting debut and a spellbinding tale of fate and belief in the bonds of love, The Time Traveler's Wife is destined to captivate readers for years to come.
My Thoughts/Review:
This was a very good book. I watched the movie before I read the book. That might have been a mistake because I kind of feel that I liked the movie better. So if you want to read the book and watch the movie, I suggest reading the book first, just so you can get the full effect. I bought this book a couple of years ago when it was popular, planning on reading it, and of course I never got to it. I got the movie on netflix and so I watched it. I was completely blown away by the movie, so I thought I have got to read the book and so I did.  

The depth of the characters that Niffenegger was able to create was amazing.  I loved learning all of the details of Henry and Clare and their life together.  Their story and their love through time is so touching and I loved every bit of that. From the beginning to end, back and forth, through time was compeletely magical. Niffenegger really wrote a brillant story. I can see why there was so much praise and admiration for this book. It deserves all of it.

I didn't give this book a 5 for a couple of reasons. Some parts of it were slow and I thought were unneccesary in telling the true story of the book. I could have fast forwarded some parts. Even though I loved it all, the book was really just too long for me. I would have been happier with a shorter book. I really liked learning about all the little things and details that weren't in the movie. For some reason, I think the movie got the story better though. I was hoping for an amazing heart wrenching ending, like in the movie, and I didn't get that in the book.

 I actually listened to the story on audiobook and the readers of the book were absolutely brillant. They were both perfect as Clare and Henry, I could picture it so clearly in my head. The audiobook did a fantastic job at telling the story. Overall, I really loved this book and it is totally worth reading if you saw the movie and think you want to read it, even with the flaws that I thought it had. I recommend this adult book for everyone, it is a fantastic read and has become one of my favorite movies/books this year that I have saw/read. =]

Overall, I give this book:
Really touching, love story that lasts through out time. =]
4 out of 5 Stars
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  1. Hi there, the December edition of Books You Loved has just gone live today. Here is the link Books You Loved December Edition Please do pop by and link in a post about a book you loved. Maybe this one? Cheers

  2. I haven't read this one yet, but it's on my TBR and I want to see the movie too.

  3. Thanks for linking this in. If you pop back in a few days there should be a lovely collection of book links. I have just signed up to follow you. A follow back to Carole's Chatter would be wonderful – or are you already following? Cheers

  4. Michael, thanks for the follow back. Have a fantabulous week.

  5. Thanks for the review! Audrey Niffenegger is a Michigan native and I'm trying to get a better feel of the literature of my home state, so I appreciated reading this.

  6. That is really impressive, I had heard of this before but never read up on it. I will have to go and see if there is anything I am interested in.

  7. Thanks for your review...I couldn't get into this book when I read it. :)

    Stopping by from Carole's November Books I Loved. I am in that list as #4.

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