Rated of 5
by Cree Journey Man was Better
The only thing remotely interesting about this book was the time travel concept. However, the tv show, Journey Man did a much better job tackling the concept than the book. This book goes on and on with over-the-top, unnecessary descriptions of paper and art, seemingly just for the sake of displaying the author's knowledge of the subject. Unfortunately, it did not add anything whatsoever to the story, but was a struggle to get through. Furthermore, Henry and Clare's "love story" was so robotic and hollow in feel. You can't just write about how much people love each other, not back it up with anything other than the "suspense" of waiting to see the other person and then sell it as a real love story. Not to mention that the sexual interactions were very bluntly written, not in a way that a couple in love would describe things. Not worth the time to read, now if only I could go back in time and choose not to read it...
Rated of 5
by Mary Rich Love Story for those who love to read!
In my book club we all take turn selecting our monthly pick. So when my friend Mary, selected this as her choice, I think I rolled my eyes. However, after the first few chapters I was sucked into Henry and Clare's very complicated life. This story line is so involved that the reader almost has to read it twice to follow Henry's time traveling. However, the read only need read this book once to feel and understand the power of Henry and Clare's love for each other.
I do not believe I would have selected this book to read on my own. I am grateful to my friend Mary for making all of us in our book club read it.
Rated of 5
by Kim Beautiful book
I read this book early last year and still think about it often.
OK, it's not a model of fine literature. It's also not a well-crafted work of science fiction.
If those are the reasons you're looking at starting this book, never mind, you probably won't like it.
It's a love story (although not a sappy, bodice-ripping Harlequin Romance kind of thing). It a beautiful, involving, original tale that stayed with me for a long time. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's been one of only two books I've recommended to my reading friends in the last year.
Rated of 5
by Gail Wood The Time Traveler's Wife
I found The Time Traveler's Wife, although quite original in concept, to be one of the more boring, contrived, and melodramatic love stories I have read to date. I was bothered by many aspects of this novel---the convenience and ease of their wealth, Clare's excessively blue-blood upbringing (the setting of her childhood home could just as easily have been a southern antebellum plantation, replete with slaves), each character's entry read like a middle school journal, and the dating of each entry, along with giving the various ages of the two lovers at the time, got more and more tedious and confusing as the novel progressed. I do not see what all the fuss is about. I only hope that I can soon forget the names Henry and Clare.
Rated of 5
by Harrold Porno Sci Fi
Pornography meets science fiction.
Self-absorbed, self-indulged protagonists slog through their meaningless lives accented only by binges of alcohol, drugs, oral sex, and punk-art.
Hope comes only in knowing that Henry really will die and that Clare (who care nothing for Henry, but only for the fantasy of him during his absences) will live on in loneliness. Ugh!
Well written if the author's desire is for us to wish Henry and Clare a classic No Exit existence. BTW Dasein is seriously misunderstood in this novel. Of course, so is punk, but likely the author is just hoping nobody noticed.
To be fair, the author did not promise us characters that we would like or even care about. She delivers well on that non-promise.
Could have been reduced to a short story with no content loss.
Rated of 5
by deej Unforgettable
Some people are literature snobs and will criticize this book. I've heard it - too much petty detail, too much sex, too little development of Gomez or Charisse or Ben.
And I can see that. And I don't effing care.
This is a beautiful book that, if you let it, will affect you so strongly you won't be able to forget it. I like the writing style - its sophisticated without being pretentious. You feel as if you are in Henry or Clare's mind, rather than having it be told to you with censors. The story therefore leaves a lasting, raw impression.
My friends and often comment we "want a Henry". But Henry DeTamble isn't all that fantastic. He is very flawed. What we want is the undeniable, time-leaping connection he has to Clare...so honest and natural and true.
You will fall in love with their love. Its like no other love story you have read. Despite the fantastic plot, it rings completely true. That's the important part of the story. Everything else is just icing on the cake.
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