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The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger – A Review

 

If you’re looking for a good romance novel, there is one book that stands above the rest. The Time Traveler’s Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, has a compelling plot that will instantly engage you, with a love story so touching you won’t be able to put  the book down. First made available in 2003, the novel has become very popular with readers around the world. To date, more than 3 million copies of the book have been sold.

The book is versatile, and sometimes you feel like you’re reading a romance novel, while at other times you’re taken out of this world and put on a science fiction adventure. It is not your average book, and certainly a read that you’ve never experienced before. This is the first novel written by Niffenegger, but no-one could ever tell, with her in-depth perspectives filling each line of the book.

Henry DeTamble is a time traveler, but he wishes for it to be different. He never travels through time on his own desire. Each trip leaves Henry feeling sick, waking up naked and so hungry. Henry is married to the beautiful Claire. When he is gone his wife is at home alone, and he misses her dearly, just as she misses him.  The book takes the reader on a tale of love, relationships, dealing with separation and many other real life issues.

Not only do the couple experience many difficulties in their relationship, there is also a big age difference that takes its toll on the relationship. Harry was once the librarian where Clare attended school. It wasn’t until she was 23 years old, and Harry 31, they were united in marriage. The book highlights this period of time vividly.

The Time Traveler’s Wife is catchy, interesting and romantic. It is purposeful, and there are real life situations recalled, all vividly described so you feel like you’re in DeTamble’s shoes. You might even be able to personally relate to what you are reading in the pages of this book.

Enhancing the delight of the book is the fact that it is not told from a first person or a third person perspective. Things are mixed up greatly, and at one moment you will hear the story directly from the mouth of Henry, while at other times it is the words of the narrator. Creating a story in such a manner certainly makes for a far more interesting to read.

Audrey Niffenegger’s first-time novel is a classic that can be enjoyed by men as well as women. It is well-written, articulate and fun, a heart-warming read that will make you think, leave you with wonder and help you discover many facets of love that you never before imagined.

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The Pornographer’s Poem by Michael Turner – A Review

If you laid your eyes on this book because you wanted to read pornography, then turn around because it will not be what you are searching for. This is not erotic and this is most certainly not pornographic – or at least not in its entirety. Even more than that though, it is even less poetic than it is pornographic.

Is the title fashionably misleading then?

Well, no, not really. Michael Turner has a talent of bringing both pornography and poetry into this novel without making it in any way pertain to the either one of the genres. At its most, this book is about the coming-of-age and it will hit you a lot like The Catcher in the Rye (suddenly, Michael Turner’s statement according to which this book is The Catcher in the Rye  with a strap-on will make sense after reading the book).

The narrator of this book is no Holden Caulfield though because Salinger’s hero actually seems innocent and pure as compared to Turner’s. And yet, they are both alike in one way: they dislike hypocrisy while doing things that would easily be classified as unorthodox. Turner’s narrator does hard drugs, shoots porno movies and leaves his friends behind, but by the end of the book you will still want to fraternize with him – and this is where you will see the genius of the author himself.

As a reader, you get the chance to actually judge the unknown narrator because every once in a while, his monologue will be interrupted by a mysterious voice putting him to the wall for his actions. You are free to condemn or to forgive, but the essence here is that the power lies in your hands only and that few books out there will ever give you the chance to do this the same way as Turner’s does.

What is this book about, though? It is about a teenager who shoots his neighbors having sex with their Grate Dane, about a teenager who discovers his sexuality through the secret drawer of a neighbor, about a teenager who is corrupted into making commercial pornography and about a teenager that comes of age, in one way or another, like all the teenagers out there (minus the pornography and minus the hard drugs, of course).

And yet, at a simple look at the plot of the novel, you will not understand what it is about because The Pornographer’s Poem  is about way much more than that and only by reading it will you actually realize just how complex it is. Michael Turner really puts his best into making the most out of the narration and you will see the climax of that when you will read the very last sentence of the book that is created in a way that will turn you right at the beginning of the book as well.

While it may not be porno in the fullest sense of the word, this is not a book for the faint-hearted either. People afraid of their own sexuality, people afraid of discovering different perspectives on sexuality and generally prudent  people should not read it. Other than that, do open this novel and get past its 30th page because you will be absolutely hooked on it!