Hello my lovely friends!
Today, instead of following my normal routine of posting a “Wordless Wednesday”, I’d like to share with you what I have been reading for the past few days. I recently had a huge book haul (and as soon as the post goes up, I will link it here), and was able to pick up this book that I had been meaning to read for a long time. The Time Traveler’s Wife, has been on my radar for a while, and after finishing up a short, summery novel-which I know, I haven’t posted a review yet-I thought this was a perfect pick to read next.
Synopsis from goodreads:
Audrey Niffenegger’s dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
This novel can be seen as treacherously confusing with the constant switching from past to present, Henry’s point of view, to Clare’s. However, so far I have found that it adds dimension to the novel as each character’s development and personality can better be elaborated on. Although I am only in the rising action segment of the novel, and have only reached the point in which the characters are falling deeply in love with each other, the conflict is clearly present. Being a time traveler means that Clare is often lonely, left alone and yearning for a normal relationship.
The reason that I haven’t devoured this novel so quickly, is that it is constantly dragged down by mundane details and the over-detailing of seemingly useless information. Although this could be foreshadowing for upcoming events, I find it difficult to follow the story when there are too many specifics. So far, the topic that has been most touched on is the interfering with destiny, and whether or not fate is real. Questions about God, and identity have also been addressed, and it has been interesting seeing how each character copes with the burdensome knowledge of something that most would fail to believe. This secret, however, brings both characters closer together as it becomes a bond that may soon destruct itself.
Hopefully this book becomes more engaging as the plot thickens, and I look forward to seeing what sort of love story has drawn so many readers into falling in love with this book!