Book Review: ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Book Cover
The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger Book Cover

Book Title: The Time Traveler’s Wife
Author: Audrey Niffenegger
Publisher: Vintage
Number of Pages: 528
ISBN: 978-0099464464
Date Published: Jan. 1. 2005
Price: INR 384

Book Review

“The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger is a beautiful and poignant novel that explores the themes of love, loss, and the inevitability of time. It follows the story of Henry DeTamble, a time traveler, and his wife Clare Abshire, who has known Henry since she was a child.

The novel is unique in its narrative structure, as it moves back and forth in time, with Henry traveling to different moments in his life, and Clare experiencing their life together in chronological order. This creates a sense of disorientation at first, but soon it becomes clear that this structure is intentional, as it mirrors the characters’ experiences of time.

One of the strengths of the book is its depiction of love. The relationship between Henry and Clare is beautifully rendered, with the reader feeling a sense of intimacy with the characters. Despite the challenges posed by Henry’s time-traveling, their love endures, and their relationship is a testament to the power of love to transcend time and space.

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The novel also explores the concept of free will and the limits that are imposed upon it by time. Henry’s time-traveling ability means that certain events are predestined, and there is a sense of inevitability that hangs over the characters’ lives. This adds an extra layer of complexity to the story, as the characters struggle to come to terms with their lack of control over their lives.

Overall, “The Time Traveler’s Wife” is a beautiful and moving novel that will stay with the reader long after they have finished reading it. It is a testament to the power of love, and a meditation on the fleeting nature of time.

Highly recommended.