Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife Novel | Get PDF

Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife Novel | Get PDF

The Time Traveler’s Wife


One of the most important books of the aughts was The Time Traveler’s Wife, the bestselling first novel by Audrey Niffenegger. It was the inspiration for the 2009 film of the same name, which starred Rachel McAdams and Eric Bana. It won the British Book Award in 2006 and was nominated for several awards, including the Orange Prize, the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, and the Arthur C. Clarke Award. Henry DeTamble, a young man who suffers from a hereditary condition termed Chrono-Impairment, is the main character of The Time Traveler’s Wife. 

Since he was five years old, Henry has jumped from one point in his history to the next without being able to control when, where, or how long he leaps. Since he invariably emerges from his time-traveling episodes nude and unarmed, he has learned survival skills and has made a little living working at Chicago’s Newberry Library.

But there is one thing that Henry’s background hasn’t prepared him for—Clare Abshire. It’s obvious that Clare already knows Henry when they first meet at the Newberry. She has known him all throughout of her life. But because of the mysteries of time travel, Henry has never met Clare before this encounter.

Most of the time, Henry and Clare are moving in opposing directions. In Clare’s timeline, an older Henry introduced himself to her when she was very little, and ever since then, he has served as a kind of guardian angel for her. Clare is aware of their impending marriage as well as the dates of their future encounters thanks to this older Henry. She had to wait two years before seeing him again, this time at the Newberry after they had sex once on her 18th birthday.

A string of miscarriages brought on by the foetuses’ inheritance of their father’s Chrono-Impairment upset Henry and Clare’s early marriage. Henry ultimately decides to have a vasectomy to prevent further miscarriages, but his plan is nearly derailed when a version of him from before the procedure appears and has intercourse with Clare. Thank goodness, the pregnancy proceeds smoothly. Alba, the couple’s daughter, also suffers from chrono-impairing. Alba has some control over when and where she jumps, in contrast to Henry.

On one of his jumps, Henry unintentionally runs into a 10-year-old Alba and discovers that, in her and Clare’s timeline, he has been dead for five years. A few years later, when Henry needs to have both of his feet amputated due to frostbite, a condition brought on by the aftermath of a jump and his inability to find a warm place to sleep, the truth of this revelation sinks in. Henry won’t be able to quickly leave the dangerous situations he frequently enters or sneak about to grab what he needs to survive without his feet.

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Henry does indeed quickly travel back in time, where he gets shot by Clare’s brother because he thinks he is game. A dead Henry goes back to the present and dies there in Clare’s arms. Fortunately for Clare, Henry had some time to plan for her life following his passing. In a letter, he assures her that they will reconnect and that it is okay to go on. Years later, Clare, now 82, runs upon Henry, who is still 43 years old, the age he was when he passed away. As the book comes to a close, Clare, who is becoming older, still waits for Henry to jump back to her.


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