I read the Time Traveller's Wife about a year ago. Yes, it is a love story, and as such it works. But it is that sort of fantasy fiction that I just can not connect to. Still, I would recommend it to anyone who had some time to kill (no play on words intended). In fact I did give it to my friend and she really did not like it. I did find the dissertation on punk music interesting. I even own a Phish tee shirt, though I did not buy it and have never heard the band.
To be honest, weird is the best word for summing up this book. Ok, weird, and romantic, but still weird. Quite hard to follow at times, and to remember who knew what... for example, Claire's dad had seen Henry naked before he met him with clothes on. Strange... from start, (that meeting in the library that left Claire breathless with desire and anticipation, and Henry simply puzzled,) to finish.
In summary, I rated it a 4 since it is different from other love stories with interesting main characters and the plot keeps you guessing. Sure it's not for everyone but if you are looking to read a love story involving time travel then I recommend this one.
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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...