Monday, May 14, 2012

Book review: The Time Traveller's Wife

Henry DeTamble is a man out of time. Cursed with a gene that gives him only a loose grip on the present, he slips in and out of the past and future, always arriving naked and not knowing when or where he is.

And that is how he meets six-year-old Clare Abshire, a very young version of the woman he knows he will eventually marry: has already married in her future and his past.

The Time Traveller's Wife is literally a timeless love story. Henry and Clare  are destined to be together, but as the book progresses it becomes clear that there can be no 'happy ever after' for their relationship. It is a beautiful tale, told with skill, from Clare's first fascination with finding a naked old man in her meadow, to 28-year-old Henry's confusion on meeting a captivating young woman who seems to know all about him.

He has time-travelled all his life and is used to the unusual, having spent much of his childhood with his older self, visiting museums and galleries, but he is lost in the face of Clare's assured approach to their first date, because he is besotted with her from the start.

I'm probably one of the last people in the world to read this book. I have been meaning to for some time and finally fell into it after finding it on this year's World Book Night list. It is a beautiful story and I read most of the last third in one sitting, because I found it almost impossible to leave the company of Henry and Clare once I met them. A week since I finished reading, I still miss them. I have not felt like that about a fictional character for a long time.

If you are one of the few people left who do not know this book, I beg you to find a copy immediately and fill that gap in your life.

The Time Traveller's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger. 2004. Vintage


Sandra Davies said...

One of my children urged me to read this a few years ago. I don't think I got beynd the first couple of pages and suspect it just didn't chime with the time ... glad that you did not find it so.

MorningAJ said...

That really surprises me because I'd have thought you'd enjoy it.

snafu said...

Time travel always intrigues me so I had already bought it and it has been sitting on my bookshelf for about six months amongst the huge pile of others I have yet to get around to reading. I will get around to it soon, but I have a couple to finish first.

joanne fox said...

I really loved this book too.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Anne .. another I hadn't heard of - so pleased you enjoyed it as much as you did though .. leaves a warm glow.

Cheers Hilary