Wednesday, March 10, 2010
The Time Traveler's Wife: a book review
The Time Traveler's Wife, by Audrey Niffenegger, is brilliant because of the uniqueness of the concept on which the entire story is based. At the foundation of the book is a love story, but one so original there has never been another quite like it.
Henry is an unwilling time traveler. He travels backward and forward through time uncontrollably, each time appearing naked and feeling ill. Clare is the love of his life. She is his Penelope; faithfully waiting all the days of her life to be with him, knowing she is destined to be with him since she meets him in her childhood as he is time traveling.
The broad array of situations Niffenegger creates revolving around the premise of Henry's unwilling time travel are so original that the reader is simply stunned. The love story is good, but it is the adventure of a love forced to coexist in a world of inexplicable random time travel that reaches the level of greatness.
The Time Traveler's Wife truly is a modern day Odyssey; a book of adventures and, at the heart, a love story, which makes all the adventures fulfilling and worthwhile.
"...It's better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, then to be just okay for your whole life?"
"Why is love intensified by absence?"
"Right now we are here, and nothing can mar our perfection, or steal the joy of this perfect moment."
"Love the world and yourself in it, move through it as though it offers no resistance, as though the world is your natural element."
"There's always world enough and time."