Thursday, April 1, 2021

#ThrowbackThursday (2) The Time Traveler's Wife

Davida at The Chocolate Lady hosts this Throwback Thursday meme monthly and I've decided to participate. The idea is to highlight/share a previously published book review. I've been blogging since 2009, so I have a lot of reviews to revisit (even if I have slowed down in more recent years, I used to be quite a prolific reviewer).

I'm basically going in order of reviews published (last month I shared the first review I published here on this blog) so this month will be the second review posted. I will continue in this vein unless a particular review does not spark my fancy. 

This month is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (review originally published on August 21, 2009). This book is one of my favorites and I'm so excited there is a series version coming to HBO. I also loved the film, though the book and film are both poignant and heartbreaking.

My review...

I am crying as I write this so let me warn you--when you read this book, you had better be prepared to cry...and to laugh...and to be amazed. How does one describe a book that so seamlessly combines science fiction, comedy, and tragedy?

Henry and Clare have a relationship that transcends time...literally. Henry is what is known as a chrono-displaced person, or CDP. There are no time machines or devices. He just disappears from one time leaving a pile of clothes behind and appears in another time completely naked. He meets Clare when she is a child and they develop a friendship that carries on every time he travels back to her time, as she is growing up. When she finally meets Henry in his present, he doesn't know who she is, but she has known him for years. It all seems very confusing here as I describe it and that's the problem. This book defies description. But I'm not saying this in a negative sense. When you actually read the book, it's not confusing and that, in itself, is the beauty of it. To explain the story further here would give too much away and I do not want to do that, dear reader.

So I will focus on the storytelling. The author has taken a difficult situation (to say the least) and made it both comic and tragic at the same time. Who in life hasn't tried to see the funny side of a grave situation? I know I have. It's human to look on the bright side and Henry and Clare have a love that withstands the obstacles because of their ability to focus on the good. In the end, it has been their love that has seen them through. As Henry says to Clare, "Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust." Their love has been the only constant in time.

It is rare for a book to really touch a person to the core. This book does just that in a way that is soul-soaring and heart-wrenching, but also manages to invoke a smile in the back of your mind.

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  1. Yes, this is a favorite of mine as well. Glad you are joining up!

  2. Oops... I went to click on the link for the book, but it took me to something else. Better fix that!

  3. I watched the movie and wasn't a I never read the book. How does it compare? My I'm a cold-hearted curmudgeon! But your review makes me want to try the book!

    1. I also reviewed the movie. The link is at the bottom of the post. I liked the book better, of course, but I didn't hate the movie.

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