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The Time Traveler's Wife
The Time Traveler's Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780156029438
ISBN-10: 015602943X
Publication Date: 5/27/2004
Pages: 560
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 5292 ratings
Publisher: Harvest Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife on + 53 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 63
This is now on my list of my all time favorite books. Along with "The English Patient" and "Girl with a Pearl Earring", the quality of language and lyrical writing are a joy to read - you don't want it to end. The unique premise is thought provoking and the characters you come to know and care about - with an ending that is tender, beautiful and tragic. I never cry over books, but the ending of this one really got to me. Sorry, I'm taking my copy out of circulation as it's staying in my permanent collection and I'm recommending it highly to all of my friends.

I can wait for Niffenegger's next book. If she continues to write this well, I'll be a fan for life.
jowy avatar reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife on + 18 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 46
Definitely one of the best books I've ever read. True, the concept of the time-traveling takes a while to understand, and I don't think you fully do understand it, but I believe that's the whole point.

It truly is a wonderful and unique story. Such a tearjerker as well. Amazing amazing book.

If you start to read this and don't understand it, don't give it up right away. Give it a little while and you'll start to understand it and enjoy it.
reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife on + 5 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 26
This book is gorgeous! The story is a magnificent and unique story of, the time traveler's wife. It is a spiraling tale of two lives lived independently and shared. Their time, their past, their futures overlap. And yet, the husband lives in a world all his own with no control over when or where he is at any given moment. It is a fresh perspective on life, love, and cause and effect. This is book is a rare treasure, and a first novel at that! Kudos, Audrey! I cannot wait for your next book.
reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 24
This is a book I can read over and over again. I've waited for the movie to come out, but it seems that it never made the screen. The story is fascinating, funny and heart wrenching. It grabs the readers interest, and seems to glue itself to the reader's soul. This is truly one of those "I can't put it down" books. If you are lucky enough to nab a copy of this classic, do it!
reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife on + 6 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 22
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The premise and style is fresh, which added to the experience of reading it. I think the author's experience as an artist added to the richness of the story. The sections dealing with making the paper and artwork fascinated me.
Two thumbs up!
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wiltinglilly avatar reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife on + 33 more book reviews
I loved this book! It was interesting and definitely kept me wanting more and more. As the main character is a time traveler, the book is not in chronological order, but I did not find it difficult to keep things in order while I was reading it. It's an adorable love story that I most definitely recommend.
reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife on + 18 more book reviews
A good book with a great plot device. Stick with it a while and it will make sense. Adult themes so definitely not for your 13 year old reader.
laina42107 avatar reviewed The Time Traveler's Wife on + 115 more book reviews
I loved the characters of Henry and Clare. They both have their strengths and flaws. The author gives them each a distinct voice and personality. So I felt like I really knew them. I could understand how they fell in love. How they complemented each other. How they frustrated each other. Their relationship seemed real and substantive to me, and I found myself fully invested in these characters.
It's a tragic story that weaves so much love/pain/joy/disappointment that it bursts with emotion. Read it!

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Henry DeTamble (Primary Character)
Clare Abshire DeTamble (Primary Character)
Charisse (Major Character)
Kimy (Major Character)
Gomez (Jan Gomolinski) (Major Character)


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