Thursday, November 25, 2010

Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger


When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare's attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler's Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it's about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.


I liked this book actually. I was looking for a cheaper copy of this since this is a costly if to be bought as a new piece and I wasn’t even sure if I would have liked this. I’ve seen this book in surveys: top 10 book of the year, best book of all time, etc. I even consulted my friends if this was good (not to mention that most of them are youngsters), and they said this is great. So when I found a copy of this in BookSale, I immediately grabbed this and ran for the counter.

The Man Out of Time:

This part tells how they both meet each other: Clare met Henry when she was six years old and Henry’s thirty-six years old; Henry met Clare when he was twenty-eight while Clare’s twenty years old. Henry traveled to his past—and to Clare’s past. At present, he was swallowing slowly the fact of his future that Clare would be his wife.

A Drop of Blood in a Bowl of Milk:

The story runs in their after-wedding lives: their married lives. Clare wanted to have a child but ended up six miscarriages, and brought Henry to decide to have his vasectomy—afraid that he might not just loss time-travelling embryos but also a wife. But a visit from Henry’s past made Clare pregnant for the seventh time. Fortunately, she bore her—their only living child—Alba.

They say: it will be a hard-hearted reader who won’t be moved into tears with this book.

And I say: ouch.

Am I hard-hearted, because apparently I didn’t cry when I read this book?

I think not.

Contrary to what they say, it doesn’t mean I’m a hard-hearted, stone-hearted, dumb, emotionless, etc. just because this didn’t make me to squeeze my eyes. Honestly, I became really sad when I finished the book that it made me flashback their story from the beginning.

This book is written lightly. It’s really confusing at first that I kept turning back the pages to recall the last date. This story will lead you to the depth of their love for each other, and will hang you at the time you already fall in love with the characters. You will fall with a wheeze of sympathy, and drop you into the sea of sadness and tears.

A story of love, perseverance, sacrifice and trust. A travel of time for a beloved person who is worth visiting. A love story that meant to happen and will re-happen endlessly.

Flesh dies. Love is eternal. And for Clare: his odd appearance is worth waiting.