If you like romance novels and don't have anythign to read this summer then pick up this book! It's entertaining and will keep you enthralled from beginning to end.
I enjoyed Niffenegger's writing style because it's engaging and emotional! She begins each chapter with either Clare or Henry's name and a date. I loved how she weaves the narrative together with both perspectives and a slightly confusing but captivating sequence of events. After reading it through I went back and connected chapters together based on their dates to try and read both characters perspectives of the same thing!
I enjoyed the science fiction aspects of this novel because it is written for people who aren't necessarily fans of science fiction. The science fiction isn't overbearing and just adds to the depth of the characters love. If you don't like Sci-fi or fantasy just suspend your disbelief and give this book a chance because its true value comes from its beautiful love story.
Through suspense, imagery, childhood wonder and the act of growing up Niffenegger toys with your emotions and lets you experience first love again. This novel takes you through every emotion possible and leaves you caring deeply about the characters lives.
If you haven't seen the movie you should definitely read the book first because part of what is so great about the novel is the suspense and if you already know how it ends it wont be as good. If you have seen the movie and enjoyed the story and the characters and want more then read the book! You will have more insight into what is happening and will be able to appreciate Niffenegger's writing style.
If you read romance novels and chick flicks as guilty pleasures read this book because you don't have to feel guilty about it! I hope you read it and enjoy it as much as I did.
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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...