Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Book Review: The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
This past weekend, I finished The Time Traveler's Wife for my book club, and though I probably wouldn't have chosen it, I found it really charming and effective. Audrey Niffenegger must have hijacked a big '70s IBM to keep track of her time travel plotting, 'cause I can't think of a single loose end.
Henry and Clare are lovers who meet each other at various ages in time. Clare first meets Henry when she is 8 and he is in his thirties. He visits her periodically as she grows, until time catches up and they meet in real time, and fall in love. Yes. Yes. Do me, ensues.
You see, Henry has Chrono-displacement Disorder, and has no control over over when or where he travels. He's assured embarrassment, though, as his clothes don't travel with him. He must steal and run and run and run.
I've got to hand it to Niffenegger, despite the mature and intellectual author photo, bitch wasn't afraid to get nasty. I'm talking about invoking that adolescent masturbation holy grail, blowing yourself. Though with her nifty, no conundrums policy on time travel, she's able to pit two 15 year old Henrys against each other in what has to be one of the most embarrassing sex scenes I've read.
The romance was authentic and powerful, too. I might've even shed a tear--I might not of, either--I'm just sayin'. If you haven't read it, do.
Next Book:A Good and Happy Child by Justin Evans