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The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger - Review

Updated on October 22, 2014

An Unexpected Pleasure

A friend lent me The Time Traveler's Wife on CD and I listened to it during long car trips. First, it was an unexpected pleasure to listen to a book in the car, versus the stereo. It really made the drives go by more quickly and I eagerly awaited continuing listening to the book on my next drive.

Second, the book itself was an unexpected pleasure to listen to. While initially the story seemed odd, it did not take long to appreciate the characters of Henry and Claire! The narrators did a great job in portraying the passion of these characters as well.


Claire and Henry Meet

Claire Abshire and Henry DeTamble meet in a library in Chicago. Though Claire has known Henry for some time, Henry doesn't know who she is! This seems very odd. As the story unfolds, we learn that is because he has been time-travelling to her past from his future. Henry has not yet met Claire in his present.

Audrey Niffenegger's Vision of Time Travel

The vision Audrey Niffenegger has of time travel is truely unique! Henry travels through time totally involuntarily. This totally uncontrollable condition sends Henry to another time and place at any moment, and he is totally naked. Some of the situations Henry ends up in can be quite comical.

Henry and Claire's Love Affair

Henry and Claire's love for each other endures across time and they are captured in an impossible romance because of Henry's unexpected travels across his past, present and future, as well as Claire's past, present and future.

The author portrays family life in such a way that you recall the realism of Henry and Claire's relationship as well as the fantasy she has spun around them. The time travel is used to enhance the reality in which they live. Readers see the changes in Henry and Claire's relationship as they grow older and live through so many impossible situations caused by the time travel Henry endures.

There is a strong dedication by both Henry and Claire to leading a "normal life", as much as is possible with Henry's condition. They manage to have a decent life, even while Henry keeps disappearing from it.

What a pleasure it is to read through all the scenarios of Henry and Claire's lives and love!

I will let the reader learn on their own how Henry handles the opportunities he has to benefit from knowledge learned in the future once he returns to the present, as well as what he and Claire learn of his condition and their ability to have a family.

This novel was thoroughly enjoyable!

A Sequel to The Time Traveler's Wife

According to her web site, author Audrey Niffenegger is currently writing a sequel to The Time Traveler's Wife. Although the release date is not yet available, I am really looking forward to reading the sequel.

My Rating

5 stars for The Time Traveler's Wife


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