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Thursday, January 8, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

Title: The Time Traveler's Wife

Author: Audrey Niffenegger

First Published: 2003

No. of Pages: 546

Synopsis (from B&N): "This bestselling and innovative debut novel ... explores the perfect marriage, one that is tested by challenges the couple can neither control nor predict. An imaginative extension of everyday life, the story asks: What if two people who loved each other deeply, married, and faced a life in which one person remained constant while the other slipped fluidly in and out of time?

A modern love story with a twist that invites us to linger over questions of how life and love change over time."

Fiction or Nonfiction: Fiction

Comments and Critique: I normally don't care for anything science fiction-related, but this is an exception. I loved this book! Having a character jump around in time could have made for a real mess, but the author was very organized and presented it well. There were times I had to go back a few pages to check dates, but otherwise it flowed along with no confusion. The characters are well-drawn and extremely likable. I especially liked that I'm the exact age of the wife and my husband is the exact age of the husband (obviously this is a coincidence), as it really made me relate to the cultural references. I felt the characters' emotions and motivations were genuine and true-to-life. At the end of the day, I hated to end this one because I felt like my relationship with good friends was ending.

Would You Recommend This Book to Others: Yes!

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6 comments:

Kailana said...

I love this book! I actually just reread it and loved it just as much the second time around, if not more!

Marg said...

I really enjoyed this book when I read it a few years ago

Stephanie said...

Everyone I know loved this book! Guess I should really read it sometime!

Joanne said...

Awesome review! I hated finishing this book too, the characters became so real to me, and I didn't want the connection to end. Amazing, since I normally don't become so enmeshed in a story.

Literary Feline said...

I am really looking forward to reading this one before the movie comes out. I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed it, Tammy!

monnibo said...

I absolutely LOVED this book too!!