This is a basic tale of intrigue and love The Time Traveller’s Wife is romance that borders on science fiction and before you think the formula doesn’t work I strongly suggest you read it first because the two aspects have been merged beautifully.
The story starts with Claire waiting for Henry, which is the basic theme in the book. What happens is that her husband, Henry, travels through time. He believes it’s a genetic abnormality and he can’t control it. The novel takes place between 1968 and 2008. Claire and Henry meet as adults. Claire is twenty. Henry has been time travelling since he was five years old, after a visit to a museum that had a profound effect on him. He recalls first travelling through time to visit Claire when she is six and soon gets used to a man popping out of time to see her. She develops an eccentric relationship with the time travelling Henry, which actually doesn’t seem weird or psycho.
Henry leaves his girlfriend, Ingrid, for Claire. Claire is used to Henry’s time travelling and accepts him for what he is and affter meeting each other’s family, they marry.
The couple tries to live as normal a life as they can. Claire is an artist and Henry works in a library. Claire has several miscarriages before the doctors realize they have to suppress her immune system to get her to carry to term. Claire finally gives birth to a girl, Alba, when she is thirty. Soon, they learn that Alba can time travel, too.
What makes this story amazing is the author’s extremely creative take on time travelling, making it a genetic condition, thus not getting into the clichéd time travelling norms.
This has got to be one of the most amazing books I’ve ever read. I was right there with them!
Deserves 5 stars
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I would like more book reviews, please! I have recently read “I feel bad about my neck” and “I remember nothing and other reflections ” by Nora Ephron and I find them hilarious so read those when you get a chance. She is much older than us and e are not there yet but you will see things about yourself in her books! “Pillars of the Earth” and “Fall of Giants” by Ken Follett were books that I could not put down so if you plan to sleep don’t even start reading them. “The Enchantress of Florence” is the only Salman Rushdie book that I have ever really enjoyed. “Freakonomics” by Steven D Levitt and Stphen J Dubner was bloody brilliant because it is such an eye opener and it may completely cange your opinion on teachers, abortion, etc. “The Alchemist” by Paolo Coelho was inspiring and a very easy read. “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot was very informative. I have recently started reading Chetan Bhagat and I find his writing very entertaining. I have read “Two States” which was really good.It was about an Punjabi boy who wants to marry a South Indian girl! I’m in the middle of another Chetan Bhagat called “The Three Mistakes of my Life”….start reading and tell me what you think! 🙂