Tuesday, 4 August 2009

*The Time Traveler's Wife

What do you do when you meet the love of your life when you're six years old? And he's 36, but he's really only eight years older than you are? If you're Clare Abshire, you wait for each of his visits throughout the years until you meet him in real time.

Henry DeTamble is a time traveler, although not by choice. A genetic mutation causes him to spontaneously travel through time, disappearing from view, leaving behind his clothes and possessions, and arriving naked in another time and another place. For the most part, this is a curse. Henry often has to turn to petty crime to feed and clothe himself when he travels, and must run from people, thugs, cops.

Eventually Henry returns to his present time, bringing only the bodily injuries he's suffered back with him. Sometimes he travels back in time and visits an earlier version of himself. One of the places to which he travels often is the meadow behind Clare's house, and throughout her younger years, Clare meets him there and falls in love with him.

At its heart, and a very big heart at that, The Time Traveler's Wife is a heart-warming love story between two ordinary people, built over a lifetime that courses deep through both of them. The rough stretches of their life, the lifelong fear of something terrible happening to Henry while time traveling, their anguish at the miscarriages when Clare wants a baby more than anything else, the moments where they'd just rather be alone, their love for each other is never questioned and their hope is never extinguished.

Henry summarized his love for Clare in a letter to her after they've been for married for many years:

Clare, I want to tell you, again, I love you. Our love has been the thread through the labyrinth, the net under the high-wire walker, the only real thing in this strange life of mine that I could ever trust. Tonight I feel that my love for you has more density in this world than I do, myself: as though it could linger on after me and surround you, keep you, hold you.

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blue said...

i seldom read a novel, feb..only read some..like JK Rowling's n Dan Brown's.. but i guess...i haveeeee to buy this oneeeeee! ;)

jak said...

me either...only Harry Potter and Artemis Fowl lol...but i've watched the trailer few weeks ago..u are the second person who told me this movie will be good..so, i'll watch it =)

Fé... said...

Yea absolutely!!!! JK Rowling and Dan Brown are nothing compared to Audrey Niffiniger (personal opinion, of course :p) Sorry Harry Potter fans. Hihihihi.

The movie is a complete mess though. Don't even bother to watch Jak, it sucks.