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The Time Traveler's Wife
by Audrey Niffenegger | Literature & Fiction
Registered by BookGroupMan of Woodbridge, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, August 08, 2005
Average 8 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Izzymoon1): to be read


3 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by BookGroupMan from Woodbridge, Suffolk United Kingdom on Monday, August 08, 2005

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D**n - this was only on my wishlist for a matter of hours, and I founded a perfect charity copy for £1.50

Well, I couln't *not* get it, could I??

(20/08) Finished - review to follow 


Journal Entry 2 by BookGroupMan from Woodbridge, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, August 20, 2005

8 out of 10

I really enjoyed this, and was not put off by the time travelling gimmick as other people have mentioned. However, I’m not convinced that this is a great mould-breaking literature either. I won’t try to explain the plot – that would take a small novel all by itself(!) – but suffice to say, there is time travel, but not in a Star Trek way, but convincingly described as a ‘natural’ chromosome disorder. And there is an underlying love story, Henry and Clare, destined to meet at different ages, Clare from age 6 to 82 years-old, and Henry randomly 20, then 24, then last week, then 43 etc., as he jumps back and forward in time; sometimes meeting himself at different ages!!

In the end you feel for both Henry and Clare trying to lead normal lives together; to meet, fall in love, get married, have children...in more or less a linear fashion ;-) I think in the end Niffenegger is using the whole gimmick, for want of a better word, as a way of giving a new insight into these age-old challenges of human-kind. However, for me, what rescues the novel from being a saccharine boy-meets-girl story with a twist, is the number and richness of characters and relationships that AN creates around our heroes; the family, friends & acquaintances, whether they know about the time travel or not, keep the story firmly rooted in the present and the pertinent.
 


Journal Entry 3 by KenseyRiver from Brightlingsea, Essex United Kingdom on Saturday, September 10, 2005

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An intriguing concept I couldn't resist, despite the perilous state of my To-Be-Read pile. I shall strap on my crampons to add this book to the teetering pile of books. 


Journal Entry 4 by Izzymoon1 from Ipswich, Suffolk United Kingdom on Saturday, August 26, 2006

8 out of 10

Caught the book in Waterstones, Ipswich. It was one i'd wanted to read for as bit. I looked at it for a bit thinking someone had lost it. My son picked it up and looked inside and that's when we found out about Book Crossing. Plan to pass it on to some friends who are avid readers 




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