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.