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Time Travelers Wife [Audrey Neffenegger] on tauhobackbuti.cf *FREE* The book alternates between Henry and Clare's points of view, and so does the narration. Natasha Walter finds a benign enchantment at the heart of Audrey Niffenegger's original look at relationships, The Time Traveler's Wife. But has. Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Since I am now however manifestly in more of a position to appreciate books.

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Showing Rating details. More filters. Sort order. I'm only adding this book because it annoys me that it popped up on the "most popular reads.

Do yourself a favor and pretend you'd never heard of it.

The author is indecisive. Rather than accepting that this is a science-fiction novel, she tries to write a social commentary, romance, and art and music novel all r I'm only adding this book because it annoys me that it popped up on the "most popular reads.

Rather than accepting that this is a science-fiction novel, she tries to write a social commentary, romance, and art and music novel all rolled into one. There is so much name-dropping that it's distracting—classical music, entomology, poetry, romance languages, library science, the American punk scene, constructivist painters, you get the idea—they're all continually cropping up at the most inane times.

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What should give us a better understanding of the characters actually paints them as shells of people, identified only by superficialities. There is one completely pointless mention of a Moholy-Nagy poster that really annoyed me.

I had five years of design school and while I know who Laszlo Moholy-Nagy is and how to correctly pronounce his name, I couldn't pick one of his paintings out of a lineup of his contemporaries, so I didn't even download that this dude who has spent half of his life in limbo was some kind of expert. The title character's entire life and family are so difficult to relate to that I immediately hated her. Her family employ five black servants.

In a Christmas scene, for which the servants are unchained from the stove and allowed into the dining room, the cook actually toasts to "Miz Abshire.

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How can the "Mammy" have any place here? She isn't even the only racially stereotyped character in this book. The traveler's childhood downstairs neighbor, a grandmotherly woman he refers to as Kimmy, speaks in a broken English which could have been stolen directly from a hateful gold rush-era cartoon. The book skips back and forth between the point-of-view of the title character and the time-traveler himself, but there is absolutely no difference in their voices. I think I actually got confused a few times about who was speaking.

The chapters dealing with infertility were completely unoriginal, boring, and emotionally flat. Not only are conversations unnecessarily long, but they are often followed by page after page of internal dialogue as the characters rehash and analyze every point of said conversation.

Sorry this was so long, but this might be the worst book I've ever read and I'm really confused by all the good reviews. View all comments. Aug 01, Liz S. I recently read The Time-Traveler's Wife and was pretty disappointedthe author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise the dude actually time travels! The first hundred pages really hooked me, but after a while I started to get irritated by: All the name checking of hipster-approved bands in an attempt to establish Henry's supposed "punk" cred.

He liked the Violent Femmes in That's why he's so badass? The food porny descripti I recently read The Time-Traveler's Wife and was pretty disappointedthe author somehow manages to turn such an awesome premise the dude actually time travels!

The food porny descriptions of the meals they eat. Some paragraphs read like the menu of a pretentious bistro. The awful ethnic stereotypes that characterize the few non-white characters Nell, the mammy-esque family cook complete with dialect , or Charisse, the "childlike" Filipina. The fact that everyone is successful and at least upper middle class, if not fabulously wealthy. Even Henry somehow manages to keep his job at the Newberry library for 20 years, despite his habits of disappearing for odd stretches of time, not keeping appointments, and, oh, running around naked in the stacks from time to time.

It would have been more interesting to me if his disorder kept him from having any normal kind of professional life. The lack of character development in the protagonists after they finally meet as adults.

All of a sudden, they meet and they're in love. The author gives lip service to Henry's womanizing and drug problems, but really, they don't seem to pose much more than a passing problem for Clare because she already knows they'll get married. Clare never really seems to be bothered by her lack of independence, or the fact that she's so tethered to Henry because he had a part in making her who she is, etc.

By the time I actually got to the end of the story, I was too emotionally distanced from the characters to really be moved by what happens to themthe burden of plot winds up outsripping any kind of nuanced characterization.

Bad science fiction and bad romance. Bah humbug. Why can't there be a negative star rating?

I hated, hated this book. And yes, I did finish it. All way-too-many pages of it. But, in my defense it was foolishly the only book I brought with me when I was hospitalized for 24 hours after wisdom tooth surgery, and when your options are daytime soaps or this wretched book Okay, now that I've gotten a bit of a rant out, let me be a little more organized abo Why can't there be a negative star rating?

Okay, now that I've gotten a bit of a rant out, let me be a little more organized about my dislikes: The sex. More accurately, the sex after sex after sex, in graphic detail not pornographic detail, granted, but WAY more than I wanted to picture , at all sorts of different ages. Yeah, I just hated that. If it serves a purpose to the plot, fine, include it, but don't give me every single move.

I just don't need to know that. The plot was convoluted. I can say this fairly because I read it in practically one sitting, and while I was able to keep things straight, it would have served the book better to not attempt to take in so many sub-plots and minutia. Okay, I will admit that for having a sci-fi premise, the concept of time travel as outlined here was at least moderately believable. What I didn't like was that it wasn't especially original anyone seen Journeyman? The whole crux of the novel was the great love story between Henry and Claire.

Yet, as a reader I'm much more interested and moved by two NICE people ending up together, and staying together, than two people I just don't like that much. Let's face it, Henry is not a great guy. And there's that whole poor-rich-girl thing going on with Claire. I just wasn't feeling it. Okay, all of that said, I really don't recommend this book to anyone. I realize there are a lot of people that like it I know; I checked the reviews expecting to be completely vindicated, but alas, it seems I'm in the minority but those people who like it apparently enjoy a different class of book than I do.

There are so many great works out there, why waste your time with this? View all 55 comments.

This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Spoilery review. Short version: Hurry up and read this. Holy crap.

Someone should have warned me about reading this book at work. I have been sitting here bawling my eyes out, tears streaming madly down my cheeks, flooding my eyes until the words swim into fields of glistening black lines. This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can't even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable wi Warning: This book is so beautiful and anguishing to read I can't even be objective about it, because it was one of those stories that just burrowed a lot closer to home than you could ever feel comfortable with.

Really, though, even objectively I have little to offer in the way of criticism. What was probably a nightmare of a book to write was woven together seamlessly, so beautifully constructed it seems more like a living, organic thing than an idea born inside someone's head.

I liked the foreshadowing, I liked the intricacy, I liked that we never really know what Alba chooses in the future, whether she embraces the time travel or tries to stop it.

I loved the poignant pain that begins to trickle across the pages as the pieces begin falling into place. I am curious to see how Clare and Alba's relationship developed once Henry was gone, but I was happy it was not in the story. That there are plenty of things for my imagination to fill in makes me happy.

I also really liked the approach the author took to the paradox of time travel. It seemed the most plausible, unarguable position I've ever heard and I have taken a class on it , though I have not allowed myself to think about it too hard as I have no wish, at least within the context of this book, to unravel how much sense it makes.

What really hit me in the gut seriously, I did not even cry this hard when I read " Where the Red Fern Grows " for the first time, and I got red-faced, puffy-eyed and ugly over that one , was the horrible feeling that I could see myself as Clare and know exactly how she felt about Henry, and could fill the unwritten pages of her future with grief that I would know and understand.

I cannot imagine losing my husband. I cannot imagine ever having to face a day knowing that he was not there, and never would be again. No matter how much I would want to think that for his sake I would be strong, go on, live out my life with joy and accomplishment as he would have wanted, the truth is I would probably wind up just like Henry's father, a wasted, squandered creature who does not know how to exist alone without the sound of his laughter, the warmth of his arms around my body, the feel of his head resting against my chest, the drowsy murmur of "I love you" against my ear as we drift off to sleep, the domestic intimacy and companionship that accompanies the hiss of bacon frying in the skillet as he and I stand side by side fixing breakfast on Sunday mornings.

I do not know who I would be without those things, but I would be someone unrecognizable from who I am now. Everything it needs to be good is right here in the book, and because of the manner of Henry's death, it even lacks the melodramatic twist that most dramas rely on, such as a car accident, an act of God, or something else outside of the character's control. No, there is culpability here, and that is an incredibly powerful thing.

While it was not the purpose of this book to examine how Claire dealt with her father and brother after Henry 's death, or how they dealt with themselves, it would have been so interesting to see. There's too much to like about this book, and something so real and raw and powerful about the sadness and grief it portrays.

View all 42 comments. Let me start this by saying I was very excited to read this book. I thought it was going to be good. It is not in any way good.

It could have been good, the idea could have soared but in Niffenegger's hands it was destroyed by laundry lists of grocery bag contents, street directions, and punk bands until I even said, out loud, more than once, "okay, I get it. Seriously, this stuff does not pass for good writing in any circles.

The tedious minutae of life is boring and makes the author look like she is trying to pad her story for more bulk.

The worst part of this book was that the whole thing was based on contrived plot devices. The whole time I was reading I was wondering why the author chose to have him time travel naked.

To me it seemed like if it weren't for his constant pursuit of clothes there may be some real chance at something actually happening in the story. Then at the end of the book I realized that the whole naked thing was a tool to achieve the amputations at the end. Where was this woman's editor? How do things like this get published, this story was nowhere near polished and pared down enough to make it to publication.

Also, the gory miscarriage scenes, yuck! There was no introspect into the character's hearts and minds. How does Henry feel about knowing when he is going to die? How does Clare deal with him being a time travel? We will never know because the book was too full of what they did and how they did it and nothing about how they felt.

I don't care about that stuff. These characters were selfish, pretentious and self absorbed. And the credibility goes right out the window when they win the lottery. Come on! I honestly don't see why this book is so well loved! This book angered me. View all 9 comments. Jun 01, Crumb rated it it was amazing. I've been putting off writing this review for days because I knew that this would be a struggle for me.

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There aren't enough words in the English language that could accurately convey my feelings for The Time Traveler's Wife. If you haven't read this book, I urge you to do so. You can expect a literary experience unlike one you've ever had. What did I love most about this book? The love story. It was truly enchanting. The two protagonists, Henry and Clare were not only meant for each other, but it I've been putting off writing this review for days because I knew that this would be a struggle for me.

The two protagonists, Henry and Clare were not only meant for each other, but it was as if they were destined to be together. They will go on to face obstacle upon obstacle, but their love for one another never wanes.

Simply put, this was a book that had that Extra Something. The "X" factor or the "IT" factor, if you will. C'est magnifique! View all 30 comments. I am conflicted about this book. Do not let my 4 stars fool you, they are an emotional rating. I'll start with the things I really liked about it: Loved all the foreshadowing. The knowing something was going to happen, and maybe even a little bit of what it was, but never knowing or understanding fully until both characters had experienced the moment.

And then all the foreshadowing of the tragic end. Once I started putting the puzzle together I really couldn't put it down. And I had several moment I am conflicted about this book.

And I had several moments where I couldn't control the tears even long before the tragedy happens, because the foreshadowing was that emotionally charged. I felt that the way the author set it up was ingenious. While you are reading along in a fairly chronological timeline, it is interspersed with moments of past and future as Henry travels through time.

At first it felt very disjunct, but by the end I really loved the way it mirrored how Henry and Clare must feel as they lived their life in such a non-chronological manner. Especially Henry. The love story was indeed epic. I bawled like a baby at the end, it was so tragic to me. And sweet at the same time. The way that the author addressed themes of love, fate, destiny, personal choice and, of course, time was mind blowing at times as all time travel issues are to me but very cool to see how it all intertwined.

I liked how she dealt with the whole time travel issue in that Henry could never actually change anything in the future. Everything already happened, whether in the past or the future, because for Henry, his future is his past and his past is his future. I told you it was a bit mind blowing. But yeah, the love story was riveting. Things I didn't like so much: The absolutely uneccesary detail of the mundane.

I felt the author spent too much time describing grocery lists literally! It took me 3 weeks to read this book, and not because it was long. I didn't have any problem ignoring it for days at a time because of the tedious reading at times. Nothing in the writing made me want to keep reading until the last half of the book, which I did read much more quickly.

The language. F-word on nearly every page. Two sitings of the C-word. Totally unnecessary. The love scenes were often a bit graphic, and there were so many of them. Because of this, I started feeling that the love was based in sex more than anything and I would have like the author to explore some of the more deep feelings that did show up when Henry and Clare weren't in bed. Again, unnecessary really. Sometimes I got confused and experienced deja vu. Knowing it was because one of the characters had already mentioned a certain event and I would often have to go through the book and find the previous mention so I could have full understanding.

Mostly though, it was a very cool book. And very emotional It really spoke to something in me about relationships and choices and destiny not that I totally believe in destiny, but you know. View all 31 comments. Jun 12, Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is my th book review for Goodreads.

I am either one sick or one inspired woman or both. Apparently when I reach my th review, Goodreads will put a little encouraging "button" on my profile they might as well just give me a bookmark , but feels big, too, so I wanted to review a book that I love but have never reviewed here. The Time Traveler's Wife is a controversial novel, and when my book club discussed it, there were burning pitchforks, buckets of hot tar and glasses of P This is my th book review for Goodreads.

The Time Traveler's Wife is a controversial novel, and when my book club discussed it, there were burning pitchforks, buckets of hot tar and glasses of Pinot Noir being splashed in faces. The room was like a parking lot after a football game between contentious rivals. It was awesome. I give a HUGE amount of credit to the ladies of my book club.

For 11 years they have suffered through having me, both a Lit teacher and a writer, as a member, and they have put up with A LOT of my empassioned opinions. And I love this book. Boy howdy, do I love this book. I originally read it 11 years ago then re-read it, and took a bunch of notes , and the characters and the plot just hopped on into the synapses of my brain, curled up there and have remained comfortably in that position, forevermore.

In my opinion, you can read this book for its surface value as a romance or an adventure , or you can go deeper. For Henry is a modern day Odysseus. He's a Christ-figure as well. He represents the spring, the adventurer, the one who is both sacrificed and reborn. And his love, Clare, is both the archetypal mother and the wife, the perpetual autumn, and Penelope, the one who waits. Niffenegger's plot point of time travel is immense. It serves here as a lush metaphor for the cycle of life: And it doesn't hurt that Henry loves my kind of music, too.

The ladies of book club who passionately disliked this book cited several reasons. They complained that Niffenegger's style was not linear, they had a hard time following the plot, and they found Henry's relationship with Clare bordering on predatory or creepy.

I acknowledge that they experienced these problems, but they just weren't an issue for me. And the ending. I cried to the point of embarrassment, even though I was home alone as I finished. It is truly one of the best, most heart-breaking endings to a novel that I've ever encountered.

My sweatshirt was soaked by the end and I ached and mourned and grieved all over those final pages. I actually started to cry while writing this review, just revisiting that ending. A decade later. Good choice for my th review! View all 71 comments.

Jul 18, Jim Fonseca added it Shelves: Very unusual for me but DNF, so I did not give it a rating. It's the story of a couple in love where the man comes back at various ages before and after he initially met his wife. When that happens we get the perspective on what's going on from both him and her. I'm not a fan of romance or sci fi, so I guess the combination of the two turned me off.

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I always give a book at least 20 pages and this one had so many good reviews, I went back and gave it another twenty pages but just couldn't get int Very unusual for me but DNF, so I did not give it a rating.

I always give a book at least 20 pages and this one had so many good reviews, I went back and gave it another twenty pages but just couldn't get into it. View all 41 comments. View all 6 comments. The good stuff: I really liked the jumps back and forth in time - surprisingly, the author was able to keep it all straight and I never really felt so terribly confused that I just wanted to give up. I loved the Henry character. I really loved him. He was flawed, he tried so hard to be a good man, etc etc.

I just really loved this character. I liked the love story - I felt that the feelings between the two of them were real and so deep. So often a love story goes for huge dramatics to prove the deep love between two people and I liked that she didn't do that - you see their love for each other in what they do, how they talk, how they touch. I liked how the author kept the time traveling dark - the idea that he has no money and no clothes and has to scramble to stay alive and not arrested, etc etc.

I actually liked that they threw in the genetic testing and whatever of the time traveling disorder. I know many people felt that it was ridiculous, or felt like it was just shoved in there, but I really thought it brought a realism to the story. It helped take the story out of the sci-fi realm and put it more in reality. All of a sudden it became about a person with a disease and a family fighting to hold it together rather than a mysterious hole in the universe.

I don't normally like pseudo science, but I actually thought it worked here. The bad stuff: I hated the name dropping, etc. I know some people liked it, but I just hated it. Yeah, I get it - he liked punk music. It just felt so contrived and fake to me. It felt more like the AUTHOR likes punk music and art and architecture and whatever else and was putting in those names as a shout out to her "peeps".

Like, hey guys, if you know who this is you are part of a super secret cool club - yeah!! Not so much. I thought the Claire character was criminally flat. Now, I don't have a problem with the idea that she ended up devoting her life to Henry. That her commitment to him overshadowed other choices she could have made in life - well, I thought that was pretty realistic and understandable.

If her husband got in a car crash and was a vegetable for the rest of his life, and to take care of him she ended up having to forgo many choices and let her life be dictated by this man and his medical needs, we wouldn't be arguing as much about it.

But that doesn't mean she doesn't have her own dreams, thoughts, needs, desires, etc. I really felt that Claire was mainly there as an object for Henry to love - not her own person.

You never feel that Claire loved Henry and made this choice, this sacrifice - you feel that it was inevitable because the author said so. Claire's family was ridiculously flat. If Claire was not developed enough, her family wasn't developed at all.

They are pretty much cardboard cut outs of stereotypes propped up at certain points in the story to help keep the plot going.

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Not just money, but Money. I got sick and tired of the pregnancies and miscarriages. How many times before you realize you are harming yourself and your husband to the point that you will never recover? Given what happens to him and all - aren't their lives hard enough?? Why do that to yourselves over and over?

I understand the strong desire for a child, but why not adopt? Why was that not an option? I can't remember at that point if they knew it was a genetic disorder or not - but if they did, would they really want that for their child - wouldn't that be even more of a reason to adopt?

And what the heck were they going to tell that child?? Given how talky the characters were, I was pretty surprised that there were no heartfelt discussions of how exactly they were going to raise a child in that type of environment and what they would tell other people, etc, I really didn't like the abrupt cut from the grief on Henry dying to her being That is a lot of time to cover and it felt cheap to not give even a token synopsis of how her and her daughter dealt with his death and her having the same disorder.

I honestly can't decide whether her being able to see him one last time it was him as a younger man jumping way ahead in time, so it was the past for Henry who was still dead was touching or cruel. To deal with a devastating loss like that and so much time has gone by and to just have him pop back in like that - are you glad for one more precious moment or is it terribly cruel to give hope and snatch it away?

When a year-old Clare walks into the library and instantly recognizes Henry as the man who has been part of her life since the age of six, she knows this is the point that they begin their life together. The story then shuttles back and forth through time in a number of alternating scenes, each marked with a year and the retrospective ages of Clare and Henry including those moments in which several versions of Henry are simultaneously present at one time. With each scene narrated in strict first-person tense and each character knowing and experiencing only what they know at that time, the way Niffenegger ties all the plots together is truly impressive, especially with how she is able to slowly give more revelations and for-shadowing through the book despite the fact that much of the time for-shadowing is actually after-shadowing.

That being said, Niffenegger is careful not to make the book too complex to follow. Lining up the various sections and seeing the plot elements connect together also for me meant that the book on the whole had a fairly rapid pace for the most part despite its hour length, since usually the scenes themselves are fairly short and there is enough by way of incident and expectation to keep the plot going even through some of the more mundane passages.

One is a tendency to reuse certain descriptive phrases and to not change narrative voice too much when characters are describing events to each other, indeed I frequently noticed that Henry or Clare as narrator had a rather too similar tone to Henry or Clare when talking to each other if description was needed.

I am myself not the least prissy when it comes to cursing as anyone who has been within hearing distance of me when I bash my knee can attest to.

It is not just in her probably accidental sexual language that Niffenegger paints this relationship as an unequal one. While I can appreciate the idea that love is timeless something my lady and I can absolutely attest to , at the same time the fact that Clare has little by way of life or relationships outside her marriage to Henry does make her feel a bit limited as a character, especially with how carefully Niffenegger shows Clare to be an intelligent, creative person with a talent for art.

Namely I find it difficult to care about a romance when the characters in question are just not particularly likable. When the book opens with Henry very quickly falling into bed with a girl eight years younger than him the night he meets her, I assumed this was basically a symptom of predestination. However, it quickly becomes clear that up to the point he meets Clare, Henry is quite content to have a fling with pretty much anybody with two x chromosomes plus on one notably nasty occasion even his past self.

Henry similarly is that most ideal of tropes, a handsome bad boy who morphs into a perfectly sensitive, utterly, faithful and artistic husband despite his time travelling and even fulfils the role of mysterious old uncle and perfectly realized first crush into the bargain. Unfortunately, as the book progressed and Clare and Henry became ever more self-obsessed and insensitive I found my ability to identify with them and be involved in the connection they had rapidly decreasing.

Finally, the book culminated with an ending where the secondary cast all showered Henry and Clare with such effusive praise I actually wondered whether they were just too dense to see how shallow and self-obsessed the principle characters were. If one removes the time travel from the equation what we essentially have is distinctly idealised romance in which a spoiled rich girl gets everything she wanted in the form of a childhood uncle come playboy and has everyone including the author , love her for it.

Of course, idealisation in a book is not in itself a bad thing, after all books can give us something real life cannot and can see good deeds rewarded, love conquer all and patience and faith come to fruition. This makes the book something of a hymn in praise of the status quo, as opposed to a story in which decent people achieve their happiness despite suffering the travails of a cruel and bizarre twist of time.

We've found that while readers like to know what we think of a book they find additional reader reviews a massive help in deciding if it is the right book for them. So if you have a spare moment, please tell us your thoughts by writing a reader's review. Thank you. I have very mixed feelings about this book.

The premise is interesting and had a lot of promise. Much of the word choice surrounding the sex lives of the characters was jarring and brought me completely out of the story, wincing a bit. The second time years later, when I had forgotten my first impressions I couldn't manage it.

It was a bit like watching a train wreck. Most of the scenes are scattered and somewhat disjointed, with little or no connection to each other. Overall, I'd say the book didn't live up to its potential. Thank you for taking the time to write a review on this book, it really makes a difference and helps readers to find their perfect book. Ever had a secret so big that the very knowledge of it consumed you? A huge one. And if it falls into the wrong hands it could obliterate m Paris Adrift EJ Swift 9.

Paris was supposed to save Hallie.Then I'd believe it. Highly original and imaginative, this debut novel raises questions about life, love, and the effects of time on relationships. Well played too. On March 16, , British polar explorer Titus Oates commits suicide by walking out of his tent into an Antarctic blizzard, to save Robert Falcon Scott and the other membe However a version of Henry from the past visits Clare one night and they make love; she subsequently gives birth to a daughter, Alba.

Conveniently he disappears before he's booked. Showing