Title: The Time Traveler’s Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Release date: January 1, 2003
Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Genres: Science Fiction / Romance / Chick Lit / Contemporary
Summary (from Goodreads):
When Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare before; Clare has known Henry since she was six. Impossible but true, because Henry finds himself periodically displaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. Henry and Clare’s attempts to live normal lives are threatened by a force they can neither prevent nor control, making their passionate love story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable. The Time Traveler’s Wife is a story of fate, hope and belief, and more than that, it’s about the power of love to endure beyond the bounds of time.
In the book, it started when Henry and Clare met at the present time. She was twenty and he was twenty eight. They met in a library where Henry was working and then Clare saw him. She was delighted and excited, one thing at that present time that Henry could not understand. They had dinner and Clare explained everything to him, that they met when she was six and he was thirty two, that she was waiting for him to come back and there he is, in front of her and that she know that he time travels. They got close and had been together ever since. He time travels a lot at the past because there is where he wanted to go, instead of the future. Then they got married. They tried making babies but unfortunately, they do not succeed in the first six pregnancies because Clare often times had a miscarriage. At the seventh pregnancy, Clare got lucky and was successful to deliver a baby girl into the world. But the twist is, she did not get pregnant by the present Henry, because he got vasectomy and tells Clare that it’s for her own safety but she had sex and got pregnant by the Henry from the past. They named their only child, Alba. Then Henry lost his legs and got depressed but then draws his strength and happiness from his family, Clare and Alba. It was New Year when Henry died. He got shot but of course it wasn’t new t him because he already knew and saw the date written on the Obituary. His presence mattered so much to Clare, she misses him. The last time she saw Henry was in the year 2053, July 24, Clare was eighty two years old. When Henry time traveled in the future once, she saw him and put herself in Henry’s arms.
It’s only in the beginning of the story that they met in the present but the first time they really met was when Clare was six and Henry was thirty two. He time traveled to the past and talk to her, bond with her and tell her some things about the future. Once, Clare attended a birthday celebration of a friend and got invited for a sleepover, they played and enjoyed and decided to get the Ouija board and consulted it. They asked questions and when it’s time for Clare’s friend to ask, she asked whose boy likes Clare then spelled out H-E-N-R-Y and asked again who Henry is and the board spelled out H-U-S-B-A-N-D. They were shocked and Clare blushed. She was certain from that they on that Henry would be her husband and asked him and he said yes but they would meet in the near future. Then there is this incident that Clare was teased in high school because she wasn’t dating anyone and so she dated a jock named Jason. He insisted on having sex with Clare but she doesn’t want and so Jason stripped her clothes and punched, kicked, slapped, whipped her small tiny body and got bruised all over. The next day, she asked help from Henry and showed him her body. He reacted immediately and taught the guy a lesson, they tied him on a tree, naked and called every girl in school to see him and feel humiliation. And so, Clare got her revenge. On Henry’s side, he has this obsessed girl for a girl friend before Clare stepped in the scene. Her name is Ingrid and they had lots of sex before Henry broke up with her. She committed suicide in the year 1994, in front of Henry when he time traveled back in that year. She shot herself dead in the heart.
I would prefer having a normal husband rather than having a husband who time travels. Although, that idea is fun and unique, for having a time travelling husband is different from everyone, it is hard. Just like Clare, you would have to wait and wait until he comes back, because in the story’s case he couldn’t control his travelling. It would be hard and very risky to have someone like that, as important as your husband, by your side. Never in my entire life would I make myself be attached to that kind of person, if it actually exists. It will only make me wait and burden me. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t want to be burdened anyone, of course people will have to burden me and make me suffer in the near future but by the fact that there’s this possibility that he might get lost somewhere in time and might not be able to go back, scares me. I couldn’t imagine myself, waiting for someone, not knowing if he might still come back or not anymore, making me worry and being as crazy and as paranoid as the widowers are. I just couldn’t stand being left alone. Crazy, I know, but the thing is, it depends on people if they are patient enough to wait for something uncertain when gone. I, on the other side of the choice, am very impatient when it comes to people making me wait and leaving me without saying a word and so; I couldn’t have someone like that as my husband. But the story is great and I loved how it made me cry. L I got moved and touched by its sweet nature and by the words used and with everything. The story is unique, by the way, and is very hard to think about. I’m so glad that Audrey Niffenegger thought about this and was able to share with the people who love reading. I love the love story and how she’s so martyr and how he’s trying everything to be normal. I wish they could have been together though. It’s a sad ending and there’s a heartbreaking death. But at least they saw each other in the end, but I really wished that Henry became normal and stayed with them until they grow old. J