The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

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"A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who inadvertently travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare's passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2014
Edition: First Scribner trade paperback edition
Copyright Date: ©2003
ISBN: 9781476764832
1476764832
Branch Call Number: SF NIFFENEFGGER
Characteristics: xviii, 571 pages ; 21 cm

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Anita_Dickey
Sep 06, 2018

I read this book to fulfil a goal read a book about time travel. it is also part of the Listopia challenge 300 books everyone should read at least once. It was a bit confusing in parts. i watched the movie too. that helped me understand the book a bit better. the book has some more detail though. the movie left out a few of my more favorite sences. i thought it was overall a good book. once you got the hang of the narritive it was a pretty interesting story.

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deebitner
Aug 26, 2018

The first half of the book was an odd mélange of vaguely misogynistic wish-fulfillment fantasy, bad romance novel, and EW EW EW EW EW NO AGH. Henry clearly isn't appreciating Claire for who she is when she's younger, but for who she will be, and his very care about her being child makes it in-my-face squicky for me. He can't stop thinking of her as a sex object, even as a kid. GROSS. I am not at all a fan of this - he could have enjoyed knowing her as a little kid, at least. I could not get past it. I tried.

Then there's the misogyny, where she's so good at sex! And they have sex! A lot! She's the most incredible lay ever! It must be love! And flowers and valentines rain from the ceiling. I'm not a romance reader, so I'm not sure if this is par for the course - in which case I shouldn't read them - or unique to this story, but it didn't impress me at all.

The second half was a half-decent book that was torpedoed by anvil-levels of FORESHADOWING DID YOU SEE THE FORESHADOWING DID YOU HUH HUH and then had an ending that even wimped out on itself. Again, maybe my fandom is making things rough on me, but this plot didn't feel new and fresh or even old but freshly taken. It just felt routine.

Meh. I give it two stars.

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Gryphinx
Apr 11, 2018

I really like the film, so I had high expectations for the book. Certain parts ended up being a complete slog to get through though, and I felt like the book could have been trimmed by a good hundred (or more) pages. I found myself quickly skimming over entire chapters of boring subplots, and many long winded paragraphs describing things like multiple dreams a character had that night, or entire chapters about a sculpture that is being worked on. There are still a lot of things to like though, the characters, story, and writing are all well done, and the story starts out interesting and really picks up in the last quarter or so of the book again. The film focuses on every interesting plot point, and throws out the boring subplots, so I would say I actually prefer the film to the book (heresey, I know).

ArapahoeHollyR Jan 30, 2018

The only love story I have ever enjoyed. Elegant prose paired with an innovative plot that can win over even the most romance-resistant readers.

CRRL_MegRaymond Oct 21, 2017

Clare and Henry are madly in love. Even though Henry has an illness that can send him to the past or the future when he gets stressed.

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heba_sajid35467
Jun 17, 2017

oh snap! ⇊ I agree with both its not for 9th graders.

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MelissaJW
May 07, 2017

@Teenreviewboard your opening statement explains the problem for you. No, this is NOT a book for grade nines! That does not mean it's a bad book. I am 41. A book aimed at you would bore me to tears. That does not mean it's a bad book. Don't trash something that is not meant for you. Of course you wouldn't like it! Give it at least 10-15 years and then come back. You'll be able to relate to the characters more. But try to keep an open mind.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
May 05, 2017

This book is not for ninth graders. Unless you're into super boring things like romance and big words, this book is absolutely boring. I made the hideous decision of buying it, and that's the worst accident I've ever made. I never finished it and don't intend to, and the only reason I tried to read it was because a friend told me to. It was terrible, boring, and just dragging on and on with no regular plot -- at least for the first 40 pages.
- @SecretBlossom of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

I first heard of this book when I was watching its film adaptation. After that, I needed to get my hands on this book. After all, if the movie was THIS good then the book had to be a thousand times better. And it was. There was just something magical about it. In a world where love is materialistic and conditional, this story reminded me that life isn’t perfect but it’s still beautiful. I’m not going to spoil the book for you, but as a warning: read with caution, this book may break your heart (the ending is very bittersweet). I know that many people my age would probably not appreciate this book as much me, but, I guess I’m just a hopeless romantic. 
- @Vaseline of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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ssaradd
Apr 14, 2017

You know those books that you can read over and over and never get tired of? That feel like a warm bed when you're reading them? This is that book for me. Although not particularly profound or even good reading, I love this book.

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kwaggzz
Mar 31, 2017

This is my favorite book!

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ClaireThomason Dec 17, 2011

Other: The book takes your heart, makes it all warm and fuzzy, and grinds it under it's heel.

ClaireThomason Dec 17, 2011

Sexual Content: A bit of sexual content, but it's always pretty tame in that regard.

ClaireThomason Dec 17, 2011

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Ingrid commits suicide.

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mbazal
May 09, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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mbazal
May 09, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Ketly
Mar 19, 2008

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Ketly
Mar 19, 2008

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Ketly
Mar 19, 2008

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Jul 25, 2011

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mbazal
May 09, 2010

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kateygrange Jun 17, 2011

"I wish for a moment that time would lift me out of this day, and into some more benign one. But then I feel guilty for wanting to avoid the sadness; dead people need us to remember them, even if it eats us, even if all we can do is say "I'm sorry" until it is as meaningless air."

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mbazal
May 09, 2010

"We laugh and laugh, and nothing can ever be sad, no one can be lost, or dead, or far away: right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment."

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mbazal
May 09, 2010

When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare's attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force that they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler's Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it's about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.

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