The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Reviewed by Jayne O'hagan

518 pages
Published 2004 by Vintage books

This is the extraordinary love story of Clare & Henry who met when Clare was six & Henry was thirty-six, & was married when Clare was twenty-two & Henry thirty . Impossible but true, because Henry suffers a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets & he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry & Clare's struggle to lead lives is both intensely moving & entirely unforgettable.

I bought this book on impulse as I saw it on the shelf in the book store. It took me a while to get into it & i did find it a heavy read as it flipped from one date to the next, slightly confusing & had to re-read some parts, it's like no other book I've ever read but saying that once I'd gotten use to the fact it flipped from here to there, it was an enjoyable read & I couldn't put it down it draws you in as you turn the page you need to know what's going to happen next.
The incredible love that Claire & Henry share goes very deep & beautiful it's an old fashioned love story.
The emotions that the book deals you can feel overwhelming at times. I feel Audrey Niffenegger has a very unique style & it's no wonder it was a top best seller for weeks. The way Henry can't control his time travelling & how it affects not just him but everyone in his life. Clare is the one left at home never knowing when or if Henry's going to return, having to go about her daily life as if nothings wrong.

Jayne O'hagan

First Reviewed: 12/10/2010

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