The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger (Guest Review)

When six year old Claire Anne Abshire meets adult Henry DeTamble, little does she know that this is the man she would marry. But Henry has a problem that, despite being the reason he met his wife, begins to crash her hopes and dreams. Will their love stand the test of Henry’s time?

The Time Traveler’s Wife is an engrossing love story of a man with a genetic disease that makes him involuntarily travel through time, and an artist who sculpts paper statues.

I really enjoyed this book; it managed to capture the helplessness of love in a passionate way. However, the story would have had a better impact on me if it had emphasized the science behind the main conflict.

This book has a significant number of explicit scenes, sexual and otherwise. Although these scenes prove to be indispensable to the story, they might cause unrest in younger readers’ minds.

The story is conveyed through alternating narratives from the perspectives of the two protagonists – Henry and Claire. Different incidents occur at different times as a result of which the characters’ ages are constantly changing. Therefore, the logistics of the book may seem difficult to understand at the onset.

Audrey Niffenegger magically manages to make the readers relate to the characters’ stories, in spite of them being beyond the dimensions of reality. The story also encapsulates various emotions and sentiments across three generations, making it a well-rounded experience for readers of all age groups.

With every passing moment, the book becomes more gripping and tragic at the same time, rendering the reader at the edge of the seat.

Writing in the Fast Lane thanks the contributors behind Title Credits for writing and sharing their review of The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. If you’re on Instagram, be sure to give their account, @title_credits a follow!

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s review of Reading Like a Writer – A Guide for People Who Love Books and For Those Who Want to Write Them by Francine Prose!

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