Monday, January 19, 2009

The Time Traveller's Wife

Henry DeTamble is a time traveler, although not by choice. A genetic mutation causes him to spontaneously travel through time, disappearing from view, leaving behind his clothes and possessions, and arriving naked in another time and another place. For the most part, this is a curse. Henry often has to turn to petty crime to feed and clothe himself when he travels, and must run from people, thugs, or the police. Eventually Henry returns to his present time, bringing only the bodily injuries he's suffered back with him. Sometimes he travels back in time and visits an earlier version of himself. One of the places to which he travels often is the meadow behind Clare's house, and throughout her younger years, Clare meets him there and falls in love with him.

This is a short preview of the Henry and Clare's story in Audrey Niffenegger's amazing debut model, The Time Traveller's Wife. Far from a sci-fi exploration space-time continuum, it is a heartfelt love story of two people who must live with this curse. Niffenegger amazingly, has seamlessly sewn the time travel technicalities into a wonderful love story.

The Time Traveler's Wife is also more than a love story between two people. It explores all the relationships of their lives: their parents, families, friends, and ex-lovers.

A highly recommended read. It will make you laugh. It will make you cry. It will leave you on the edge of your seat as Henry time travels. Once you're buried within this novel and fully immersed in their lives, you have to suffer their pain as well as celebrate their joys with Henry and Clare.