Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Book Post: The Time Traveler's Wife

I'm sorry for my infrequent posting and absence in the blogging world lately, I've been really busy..as soon as i get some time, I will check out all of the posts I have missed!

Okay people, this is one of my FAVORITE books of all time! I have read it no less than 5 times and listened to in on my ipod a couple of times too. If you like audiobooks, this is another great one.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

Henry DeTamble is a librarian who suffers from a genetic disorder that causes him to shift backward and forward through time. Without a moment's notice, he disappears, leaving behind his clothes and everything else, and arrives naked at another time in his life. Sometimes he even meets a different version of himself.

In present time, when he is 28 years old he meets art student Clare Abshire, who is 20. This is his first time meeting her, but she has known him since she was 6 years old. He discovers that he has been appearing in Clare Abshire's life since she was a young girl. He does not begin to travel back to when Clare was young until after he had met Clair in present time and fallen in love with her as his time travel pulls him to people and moments of importance.
Clare, however, has loved Henry her entire life.

Henry's time travel means arriving naked and vomiting at some other moment of his life, always vulnerable and sometimes in danger. For Clare, loving a time traveler means long days and years of waiting for him to reappear, and never knowing at what age or in what shape he will arrive.

Although Henry is the time traveler, the novel is ultimately Clare’s story, a story of great joy, and pain.

Told through an interweaving of Henry’s and Clare’s distinctive voices, this novel is about love, and about fate, about the way two people are meant to be together, and how they are torn apart.

This has just been made into a movie starring Eric Bana and Rachel McAdams. I am always super wary of any of my loved books in movie form...but at least they picked Rachel McAdams, she is one of my favorite actresses and I think she will play Clair well. The movie will not be as good as the book, it never is. It will not be able to express everything the book does.

So go see the movie..but please,please,please read the book. I really think you will be glad you did.


  1. What a beautiful story, i must read it someday!

  2. I am waiting excitedly to have a chance to see the movie... but now you've convinced me to read the book! And I agree... even a well done movie remake of a book never quite captures eveything the way words on pages can.

  3. I haven't read the book, but I just brought it..and I'm really excited to see the move. I love love stories..and Eric Bana isn't bad on the eyes.

  4. Oh i really need to read that! It has been in on list for quite some time! I am just so tangled up in Twilight I haven't gotten time to read anything else!

    p.s. I am super glad to hear we are Southern Belles together! haha

    have a great night!

  5. i agree with you...they usually ruin a good book by adapting it into a movie....i hate to see my beloved jane austen novels made into below-average movies!

  6. I am so going to the library to pick this book up! I find that I enjoy the movie more if I've read the book before watching it, you get a better understanding of the characters IMO. Plus If the book is anything remotly near the story line of this trailer is like it looks like a winner :o)

  7. I can't wait to see this movie!! And I am a huge huge fan of audiobooks. I just picked up Jennifer Weiner's Best Friends Forever tonight!

  8. I absolutely LOVE this book! This is one book-turned-movie that I'm excited for.

  9. This sounds like a really great book. The kind that gives you goosebumps as soon as you get into it! I will definitely have to read this book before I see the movie. (I always prefer the book to movies as well). I would hate to see the movie and have it be just OKAY. That would totally ruin the book for me. Eep!

  10. Eek! I cannot wait to see the movie. I will read the book AFTER and here's why...*everytime* I've read a book, which they've later turned into a movie I've been majorly disappointed. So I will save myself the heartache so I can enjoy the movie and enjoy the book even more :) xx

  11. I'm torn - I don't know whether to see the movie first or read the book. Just the movie trailer makes me a wee bit teary-eyed though. Gawd, that's lame.

    I'm new to your blog - very nice!

  12. Thank you for the wonderful intoduction to the book and the movie. I have not read the book, but now, because of your post, I will.I think I will do it before watching the movie. I have noticed books are almost always are far more interesting then the movies made after them.:-)))

  13. Ooooh that sounds fabulous! For some bizarre reason I`ve never read this book and I think this needs to be remedied immediately.

  14. I CAN'T wait to see this movie. The book was just awesome. Seriously, awesome!

    Have you read 'Water for Elephants'? Soo soooooo good. A must read!

  15. Although I have not read the book, I basically cry everytime I see the trailer. I'm a wuss. :-(


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