THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by AUDREY NIFFENEGGER.
This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future.
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FIRST SENTENCE (Prologue): Claire: It's hard being left behind.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 66): "So there are two of you?"
"Not exactly. There's always only one me, but when I'm time traveling sometimes I go somewhere I already am, and yeah, then you could say there are two. Or more."
KEEP IT OR NOT?: This will be returned to my mam.
Passed on by mam, this novel has spent many a month gathering dust on my TBR mountain. The reason why? Firstly, I couldn't remember ever having read a bad review and I was worried I was going to be left disappointed and, secondly, my mam (who normally has the same tastes as myself) thought it was the best thing since sliced bread and, you guessed it, I was worried I was going to be disappointed ........ and disappointed I was.
I confess that I just don't get time travel as a concept but Henry's 'adventures' seemed totally ridiculous to me. Without giving too much of the story away ........ surely it's impossible to meet yourself whilst time travelling? I seem to remember Husband dearest mentioning something about the effect this would have on the Space Time Continuum. Anyway, as I said, ridiculous.
Told by both Henry and Clare at different points in their lives, I'm not too sure how well this worked either - part of me thinking it worked pretty well and another part arguing that it only added to the general confusion that is The Time Traveler's Wife.
Ok, so some would argue that, leaving the whole time travel thing aside, this was a beautiful love story. Perhaps so but not for me it wasn't. The trouble being I just didn't get (or even particularly like) Henry or Clare. Finding them both to be selfish individuals, I'm afraid their relationship just didn't do it for me at all.
Then there was the fact that just too many things didn't add up. Henry magically shedding his clothes as he travelled I could sort of understand (I mean can you imagine the sheer horror of turning up in last season's fashion!) but why did he always seem to return to Clare having been ........ you know what I'm not going to say anything more on the matter or this post is going to end up riddled with spoilers - lets just leave it at I really didn't enjoy this novel.
One mam and I are going to have to agree to disagree about, as I commented on FaceBook in order for me to enjoy a book it doesn't have to be 'real' but it does have to be believable and I'm afraid this wasn't.