The Time Traveller’s wife-by Audrey Niffenegger


Quite recently I was sick in bed with food poisoning and as I cursed the restaurant I had eaten at for causing my pain, I found solace in one of the best novels I have ever read. It was so brilliant that one point I actually forgot my stomach was cramping with pain!

If you want to lose yourself in a hopelessly romantic story then grab ‘The Time Traveller’s wife’. Sure it has been made into a movie now starring Eric Bana and Rachel Mc Adams and as good as that was, the book is better!

The plot intertwines a love story, bits and bobs of suspense with a dash of science fiction to combine the perfect recipe for entertainment.

The story revolves around Henry and Clare, in fact Henry explains it best:   

 “I met Clare for the first time in October, 1991. She met me for the first time in September, 1977; she was six, I will be thirty-eight. She’s known me all her life. In 1991 I’m just getting to know her.”

Just in case you didn’t get that then Henry is a time traveller. He sometimes whizzes back to the past, or flash forwards into the future. Clare on the other hand leads a chronologically-normal life. The two of them intersect, in “real time,” when Clare is 20 and Henry is 28; however, she’s known a much older-version of him, since she was a little girl.

If you are Confused don’t worry, Niffenegger patiently and carefully guides the reader through the tangled narrative.

Their sweet and tragic love story follows various time lines keeping your nose glued to the words as we learn about their strengths and weaknesses and alternating viewpoints.

 I have to say, ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ has to be the only novel I’ve ever read that doesn’t make me nod off at the mere mention of free will and determinism as Niffenegger doesn’t bog you down with intricate details but just mentions what you need to know making it a pleasure to read about all the cosmic  philosophies.

So while it might be the story of Henry’s life the reason it is titled ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ is because Clare’s life is so intertwined with his.

The fantasy plot but real characters make you empathise with the Henry and Clare. It is unpredictable as the author constantly throws you by making Henry time travel when you least expect him to or want him to making the novel a true page-turner.

It is a true testament to literary skill and will make you weep, laugh, groan and scream with happiness-but be careful not to get your heart broken like I did-while reading it. ‘The Time Traveller’s Wife’ is a treat for die-hard romantics and even better than a warm cup of hot chocolate in the cold!! Relish it; it’s definitely worth a read.

Get it at Simply Books, ABC Place, Waiyaki Way.


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