The Time Traveler's Wife
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12. hfitz5051 (Florida)
13. ladyveg (Wisconsin)
14. pulpmode(Minnesota - US shipping only)
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On its way
Have pm'd KiwiinEngland for address to send on.
Sorry for the delayed entry. It arrived with me on 10th October when I was away.
The book is chronologically laid out in terms of Clare's age and Henry (her time travelling husband) changes time and place depending on circumstances. I was momentary confused when Henry was fifteen and fifteen as I couldn't figure out which one was "now" Henry and which was "future" Henry.
A lovely book about accepting things, and changing to live your life in circumstances you can't control. Where knowledge is power but where knowledge of the future can't change anything.
One query, would Henry really be a dense as his ex stated towards the end of the book when they leave a nightclub?? (You'll know what I mean when you read it)
Received the book earlier this week. Thanks very much KiwiinEngland. I'm in the middle of another bookring book at the moment, and will read this one next.
I very much agree that this is a well crafted story, with puzzle pieces coming together delightfully at varying points in the book. I also felt it had interesting things to say about acceptance, human limitations and human transcendence. I didn't expect to have such an emotional reaction to it, and was glad I wasn't reading certain passages in public.
I have pm'ed Gealach and will send on later this week.
Thanks for the postcard, LauraLeterboxer! :-D
Well anyway, I've already sent it to lot12 a few days ago, the man in the post office was a little weird so I hope it gets there safe:P
thank's for sharing the book!
Luckily, it works properly now. I started tonight and am fascinated already.
Imagine you find out he is an alcoholic or a drug addict or has a mental disorder. Wouldn’t you think it’s your destiny to stick with him, whatever may come? Isn’t it fate? He would have a lot of good points, for example being excellent in bed and quoting Rilke at all the appropriate moments. Plus, he would tell you his condition gets better as long as he is with you. Down side is: he is not to be trusted and very likely to end up dead sooner rather than later. He is often away. You wait for him, not knowing where he is, what he is up to. But still, you love him.
Imagine you would want to write a story about such love, about such a girl. You do not want to write about all the social difficulties. You do not want to deal with the prejudices about drug addicts, alcoholics or people with a mental disorder. Because if you write a book about an alcoholic, a gambler or a schizophrenic, one will have fixed ideas about this character from the start. Gone will be the focus on the unconditional love and the complexities of that love.
Imagine Niffenegger wanted to write that story. How smart and lovely is her invention of this chrono-impaired man! Via Henry she can convey the intricate feelings for a person who is Mr. Trouble himself. The similarities between the chrono-displaced relationship and a relationship I tried to sketch above are many. I have seen such relationships close-by. I admire Niffeneggers choice to write this story about unconditional love in dire circumstances in this specific way.
Sad it is, then, that she wasn’t able to make my guts churn. The story of Henry and Clare does not rub on me. I don’t feel their love; I don’t feel their frustration. Sometimes I don’t even believe Clare is worried about Henry’s condition. (Who would leave a two year old alone in a shopping centre with a man who might disappear instantly?) Giving both Clare and Henry a voice is a wonderful instrument in showing self-reflection and introspection in this impossible, but happening relationship. In The Time Traveller’s Wife however, the voices just tell facts, so very impersonal that I often didn’t know who was speaking.
In contrast to what I thought would happen, I bought the time travel completely. I saw interesting dilemmas appear about cause and effect. Why does it have to be this way? Because it already happened that way. In the beginning, when Clare is young, Henry knows the future. But when they meet for real Clare is the one to say: we will get married. Successively, one of them possesses knowledge the other one can’t have yet. Such an intriguing concept, time travel! So hard to get it right! That time travelling is just a means to an end for Niffenegger is the reason, I would guess, that the concept has glitches later in the book. (Why would Henry look up the details of the child of David Kendrick in the birth registration, three years after it is born, and then bring those back, if he knows, three years later, the outcome of their talk?)
When the story is well on its way, it starts to stretch. The romantic side (getting married, having babies, celebrating with friends, making confessions) gets the upper hand and after some of that the plot has to unravel. Henry and Clare have a hard time to keep me interested in the second half of the novel.
This is clearly a first one. The idea wins over the writing. Lets hope Niffenegger has more brilliant ideas and time and stamina to make wonderful stories out of them. I would try them.
Thank you for letting me read this book! I wouldn't have wanted to miss it.
Lot12, thanks for sending, and Earthdance, thanks for sharing.
The book is on its way to ana-b. Enjoy!
I'll send the book to lundi this afternoon.
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Have a nice read, lundi.
A very original view on time travel and very well executed. It's okay that the mind-boggling timeloops in the story are more important than the characters. Most of their actions and feelings I could understand well enough, but if Clare was my friend I would have a few things to say to her. When they were together more or less frequently Henry was totally unreliable and if she still wanted to be with him, well so be it. But waiting her whole life after his death for him to visit her for the last time. Too much, just too much....
It's the most fascinating story I've read in a long time so far!
Thank you for this ring
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First I must apologise for how long it's take to post this book out. It's all to do with money... yep, the old foldin' stuff. I didn't have enough to post it and so I had to wait until this pay to get enough to get it going. So, here it goes... in the post on Thursday morning while I check the mail to the next person who replied to me on the list (as a few people told me to skip them... fair enough). Anyway, this book is going to take a rather long journey now across the Pacific Ocean to the USA.