The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger book review

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger book review

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger book review

This was in fact a book that I saw the movie for before I actually read the book.  I enjoyed the movie a great deal.  I mean, what’s not to like about Rachel McAdams?  :)  SO for years I had wanted to read the book and I finally had time to do so.

While the concept is still the same, there are so many other things that I didn’t enjoy about the book.  This is the story about Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six.  Sounds weird, right?  What if I told you that these two were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Again, impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder.  Basically his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable.  Claire and Henry attempt to live normal lives together, but are threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control.

I feel like the book is way more adult-ish than the movie.  The movie I thought was very cute, but the book was much different in that respect.  I felt like watching the movie, I knew more about what was going on; reading about the story was a completely different case.  It was hard for me to keep up sometimes and it got old and boring to me.

I do think the book is worth the read because you really start to feel for Claire, but I think the movie lays out her sadness much better than the book does.  I guess that’s what makes a good actress, good.  :)


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