The Time Traveler’s Wife

Before the September school holidays my book club met to discuss “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger. I loved this story from start to finish, full of drama, suspense, time travel and love. I’m adding it to my top 5 list of favourite novels, alongside “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak (by the way, I still haven’t seen the movie).

The Time Traveler’s Wife is about Henry (a librarian) who meets Clare when he is thirty-six and she is six and marries Clare when he is thirty-one and she is twenty-three. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder and is able to travel back and forth in time. Henry’s disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, but from an early age he is taught (by an older version of himself) how to deal with his disorder. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a moving love story about two people trying to lead normal lives in a highly unusual situation.

During our book club meeting we had the movie playing in the background so it was really interesting to compare the book to the movie. Even though I do love Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams, the movie was a little disappointing but I guess that’s usually the way when you’ve read the book first!

Have you read “The Time Traveler’s Wife” or any of Niffenegger’s other novels? What did you think?

Our next book on the list is “We need to talk about Kevin” by Lionel Shriver. I requested this one and the books took longer than we thought to come in to the library so I’m really excited to finally be able to read it!

Happy Reading 🙂

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