Niffenegger often utilized eloquent and detailed descriptions via a multitude of similies that somehow perfectly describe settings or character emotions. Some of my favorite scenes in the book were the episodes in which Henry time travels back to Clare as she is growing up; the first meeting between Clare and Henry (Clare is 6 and Henry is 37 or 38, I think) is comical and makes you chuckle - I mean, who can imagine meeting their future husband and man of their dreams at age 6 in a meadow?? Somehow Henry and Clare manage to continue a love affair despite the frequent and indeterminate periods during which Henry is off time traveling into another phase of his life.
Though the book didn't make me sob and sniffle as I thought it would (and as I'm sure the movie will make me do!), I adored Niffenegger's writing style and the story as a whole from beginning to end.
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The novel tells the story of Henry DeTamble (born 1963), a librarian at the Newberry Library in Chicago, and his wife, Clare Abshire (born 1971), an artist from a wealthy family who makes paper sculptures. Henry has a rare genetic disorder, which comes to be known as Chrono-Displacement during his lifetime, that causes him to involuntarily travel through time. When 20-year-old Clare meets 28-year-old Henry at the Newberry Library in 1991, he has never seen her before, although she has known him most of her life. Clare's past is still in Henry's future. Henry begins to experience the events in Clare's childhood at the same time that he experiences life with the adult Clare in the present. In the novel, the future cannot be changed, and many tragic events are foreshadowed in the past.
Henry is unable to control his time traveling: when he leaves, where he goes, or how long his trip will last. His destinations are tied to his subconscious, as Henry most often travels to places he has visited or will eventually visit. Very often, Henry is taken back to the moment his mother died in a car accident that he survived, and is...