Vintage (Random Hse Group), 518 pages
I know I’m pretty late. This has been in all bookstore’s bestsellers section for more than a year now i think. Got my copy early this year at Kinokuniya in Singapore, but only got to read it now.
And this is what a week without work can do to me. I finished reading this book in just 3 days. It wasn’t really hard to finish– a work as grand as this. Pretty hard to put down and you won’t even feel that over 500 pages have gone by.
Henry deTamble, witty and charming as he is, suffers from a very rare genetic disorder known as “Chrono Displacement”. Just like regular epileptic seizures, he gets attacks which make him disappear, and go either forward or backward in time. In short, he involuntarily time travels.
In one of his time travels, when he is 36 years old, he sees his future wife–who was then a 6 year old girl, Clare. Their real age difference is 8 years, and since that first meeting, Henry periodically appears and disappears from Clare’s life. Clare has known to wait for him regularly, and when she is 22, and Henry is 30, they marry each other.
They try to live a relationship and life as ‘normal’ as they could. And though the situation sounds quite tragic, they deal with it in a good natured manner–astonishing and horrifying friends, co-workers and families.
Most of all, Henry and Clare prove that true love is eternal–time is nothing.
This book is mostly romance, rich in feelings, literary and poetic citations. Even though the situation is unrealistic, the characters’ feelings (the story is told alternately by Henry and Clare) make it so believably moving.
The story unfolds in a reader-friendly way (not as confusing as i initially thought. what with all that age difference and time traveling)–yet i often found my simple one track mind stopping to mentally calculate and estimate time sequencing. It’s a pretty good workout 🙂
Just one gripe–I know the author wanted to portray how truly and deeply in love Henry and Clare are to each other–but must they always be that sex-hungry? Especially when she was 8/9 months pregnant (after 6 miscarriages!) and to risk the pregnancy because of their libido was abit illogical.
This one of a kind love story has a movie adaptation on it’s way. Eric Bana plays Henry, and the fabulous Rachel McAdams brings Clare to life. I can’t wait to see the movie. I love Rachel McAdam’s versatile acting. Clare’s character reminds me abit of McAdam’s Alice Calhoun (from The Notebook), so I’m sure she will do a convincing Clare Abshire.
The Time Traveler’s Wife is Audrey Niffenegger’s first novel.
Eric Bana plays Henry deTamble
Rachel McAdams as Clare Abshire