Monday, January 25, 2016

Read Review: The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife by
Paperback, 615 pages
Published July 23rd  2009 by Vintage Books (first published 2003) 

How did I get it? I bought it.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry and Clare's struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
I watched the movie based on this book in 2009-10. I had absolutely loved it. Now that the movie was so wonderful, the book had to be terrific. "The Time Traveler's Wife" had been on my TBR for a long time time. And I finally read it last week. In fact "devoured" would be the correct word.

The story spells love and only love in all circumstances. And the way the author has put together her imagination in words is simply amazing. Clare is amazing and Henry is wonderful. The love and anguish they feel is heart-wrenching. The characters around them put life into the story.

I read for a couple of hours everyday and finished the book in five days. Before even starting the book, I decided to watch the movie with my husband. And he loved it too. While watching the movie the second time now, I realised that the movie is just the skeleton of the actual book. Only a few characters were used in it and some small things were changed. Of course, it is not possible to put the entire book in a ninety-minute movie. So I gave my husband all the additional details possible.

I am still in a book hangover. The scenes from the book are still occupying my spare thoughts. If you are a sucker for timeless romance, then this is a book for you.