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Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Time Traveler's Wife...it's different, I can say that much!

I have heard about “The Time Traveler’s Wife” since it first came out in 2003, and with all the hoopla over the recently released movie, I thought I’d read the book first. I was curious to see what was so special about this story that the film rights were bought before the book was ever published. (By Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt, no less – pre-Angelina.)

Henry De Tamble is a handsome, intelligent adventurous man with one tiny little quirk. His gene-pool has a glitch in it to where he can travel back and forth in time at the drop of a hat, or in Henry’s case, the flash of a light or in times of stress.
When during one of his “travels” Henry pops up in a meadow in front of six-year old Claire Abshire, the impromptu visit kicks off the beginning of a life-long relationship between the two, eventually resulting in their marriage. Henry gives Claire a list of dates in which he knows he will be arriving in her meadow, and as she ages normally from child to girl to woman, Henry arrives in various ages to help guide her through to the time when they meet in real time.
Henry and Claire’s relationship is not any easy one, but the grace in which Claire accepts her destiny with Henry is astounding. Her patience is stoic and her love unwavering, when all around her urge her to have nothing to do with Henry.
“The Time Traveler’s Wife” is an intriguing read that captures the reader’s attention from the first word. But it is also a read that is fraught with anxiety and turmoil, at least it was for me. I had a hard time being patient with Henry and Claire as characters. Claire just accepts Henry’s word that they are together in the future, and has a sense of martyrdom about her as she wait for her man to pop in and out. And poor old Henry, well, he just kind of asks for the trouble he receives when he suddenly screeches in out of one time or another, naked as a jaybird.
I’m anxious to see how the movie plays out, and if it holds true to the book. And as for the book – I’m glad I read “The Time Traveler’s Wife,” but it’s not especially a book I will hold dear in my heart.

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