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Monday, March 8, 2010

The Time Traveler's Wife

I started reading The Time Traveler's Wife last week. In case you haven't read it, it is about a man named Henry who has a genetic disorder which causes him to time travel. Clare, lives her life from beginning to end like the rest of us, but Henry jumps from place to place in his life. The book details all of the problems, advantages, and quirks of his disorder. The book is 500+ pages, and goes into great detail about all of the characters, and many story lines. I read this book so fast, until I was about 100 pages from the end. By then I knew what was going to happen and really didn't want to read it anymore.

I think I would recommend the book. I'm about half and half I guess.

Here is the summary from BN.com:
"Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler’s Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's marriage and their passionate love for each other, as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals — steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable."

Right after I finished the book I went to rent the movie. I guess they did a good job of telling the story, but there was so much left out of the movie that was in the book. I know they had time to deal with, but I felt like it went so fast that no one knew anything about the characters. I'm trying to not give anything away here.

It was a really beautiful film though. The locations and sets were great. The meadow where they filmed a lot was very pretty, and everything seemed really high quality.

I enjoyed it, but would have prefered more.

Have you seen or read The Time Traveler's Wife? What did you think?

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