Review: The Time Traveler's Wife


◆ The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
◆ Read january 2012
◆ Dutch Edition
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❝  When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare's attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable ❞
Despite most of the negative reviews about this book, I quite enjoyed it. I thought that the book started out confusing because there's no explanation whatsoever how or why the main character travels through time, you just land in the middle of it all. However, as the story progresses everything becomes clearer and you find yourself pulled into the main characters frustrating world where time and place are inconsistent. 

The structure of the novel is original and Niffenegger goes into detail about surroundings and descriptions, which I love. The only thing that dissapointed me was that the background stories of the main characters were really unrealistic, and I got really annoyed by Clare (she has no character development whatsoever). However, I loved Henry's character, because he was an honest but flawed man, which kind of made up for the lack of anything in Clare.

I do think that if you're looking for a typical science-fiction novel that goes into big detail about the phenomenon of time-travelling, this is not a book for you. Even though time-travel plays an important part in The Time Traveler's Wife, what it really is about is everlasting love. This is a book for people who are looking for a tragic love-story, a romantic novel

3 stars because:
✓ Interesting concept (time-traveling)
✓ Descriptive writing style
✗ Confusing structure
✗ No character development

 

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