The Time Traveler’s Wife

CLJ Reviews The Time Traveler’s Wife

What We Read

The Time Traveler’s Wife was written by Audrey Niffenegger. This book is for anyone who was ever fascinated in time travel, romance and potentially creepy situations involving a young girl and her older spouse who’s flipping in and out of space time. It follows the lives of two people, Henry and Clare. Henry is a time traveler (by birth) and both of them are in love with each other almost from the start. Through a number of key points in the narrative Henry influences the life and love of his future bride. In the meantime, older Clare pines for Henry and worries about his safety as he frequently disappears. Oh and they have sex – a lot of sex. This is a pretty spicy book, a love affair from both points of view with a sci-fi twist reminiscent of the Terminator (though sadly sans beefy Arnold).

What We Did (And How We Did It)

The Circle of Literary Judgement likes to change things up from time to time. When my book club choice fell right around the premier of the film, The Time Traveler’s Wife, I decided to host a movie date as part of the discussion. It started out strong. Almost everyone in the group enjoyed the story. Unfortunately, after seeing the movie, our memory of how much we loved the story began to fade and was slowly replaced with script and character mis-use. It really is true: most of the time, the book will always be better than the movie – except for Contact, with apologies to the late Carl Sagan. That movie rocked, unlike The Time Traveler’s Wife.

What We Thought

We loved the book and hated the movie. The end. Well, not quite. There was enough plot development to keep even the hardest sells in our group interested and Niffenegger is undeniable in her ability to take the reader on an emotional roller coaster. To bad the movie was so horrible and we are a co-ed book club and not one comprised only of women. Although some of the guys found the story somewhat tedious and overly focused on the romance of it all (not to mention occasionally morally questionable nature of Henry), the book remains an all-time favorite of mine, one I hope to return to again and again.

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