The Time Traveler's Wife: Book Review

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The time traveler’s wife
‘The time traveler’s wife’ by Audrey Niffenegger is published in 2003. The book has won many readers and that’s way it is a bestseller. The novel is a love story about a man with a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel unpredictably, and about his wife, an artist, that has to cope with his absence and dangerous experiences. Henry cannot control his time travelling and can disappear at almost any time and reappear in an unknown place completely naked and lost. Everything between him and his wife, Clare, begins in 1977 when she is six years old when they meet near Clare’s house. One of his early visits, Henry gives her a list of dates he will appear. She writes them in a diary so she will remember to provide him with clothes and food when he arrives because he cannot take anything with him into the future or in the past. During another visit, he reveals that they will be married in the future. Over the time they develop a close relationship and they marry, but Clare has trouble bringing a pregnancy to term because of the genetic anomaly. One night a version of Henry from the past visits Clare and they make love. She subsequently gives birth to a daughter, Alba. Alba is diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement as well. Before she is born, Henry travels to the future and meets his 10-year-old daughter on a school field trip and learns that he died when she was five years old. When he is 43, Henry time travels to a Chicago parking garage at a winter night where he is unable to find a shelter. As a result of the hypothermia he suffers, his feet are amputated when he returns to the present. Henry knows that without the ability to escape when he time travels, he will certainly die within his next few jumps. On New Year’s Eve 2006 Henry time travels into the middle of the Michigan woods in 1984 and is accidentally shot by Clare’s brother. He returns to the present and dies in Clare’s arms.

Clare is devastated be Henry’s death. The last...
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