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The Time Traveler's Wife : Vintage Magic - Audrey Niffenegger

The Time Traveler's Wife

By: Audrey Niffenegger

Paperback | 1 October 2004 | Edition Number 1

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This extraordinary, magical novel is the story of Clare and Henry who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty.

Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. His disappearances are spontaneous and his experiences are alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's passionate love for each other with grace and humour. Their struggle to lead normal lives in the face of a force they can neither prevent nor control is intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Reading Group Book Questions
  1. Despite the tear-jerking and heart-wrenching nature of the story, did you find the novel was also positive and uplifting in some way? Or did you find it unremittingly bleak?
  2. Do you think Niffenegger is trying to get across any kind of message by playing with out linear sense of time in the way that she does?
  3. Did you have any problems with Henry and Clare’s relationship? Are there any points in the story where you dislike either of their characters
  4. ‘His forty-third year. His small time’s end. His time – Who saw Infinity through the countless cracks in the blank skin of things, and died of it.’ (A.S. Byatt, Possession, quoted on page 494) Consider Niffenegger’s use of quotations and epigrams throughout the book. What do they add to the novel, and what do you find significant about this one in particular?
  5. To what extent do you believe in Henry’s time travelling? Does it ever seem unconvincing to you, or do you think Niffenegger manages to keep us with her throughout?
About The Author

AUDREY NIFFENEGGER is an exceptionally creative writer and visual artist who has achieved enormous success in both worlds. Her debut novel, The Time Traveler’s Wife, has sold nearly five million copies worldwide and has been translated into thirty-three languages to date. A Richard & Judy book club choice in the UK, it has been a huge bestseller all round the world. In the Daily Telegraph’s readers’ poll of the ‘Top 50 Books of All Time’ it appeared at no. 11. Niffenegger is also the author of two ‘novels-in-pictures’, The Three Incestuous Sisters(2005) and The Adventuress (2006), both published by Cape. Her graphic novel The Night Bookmobile was recently serialized in the Guardian and will be published soon on the Cape Graphic list. A Chicago native, Niffenegger received her MFA in Printmaking and Drawing from Northwestern University. Her art has been widely exhibited in the United States and is in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress and Harvard University’s Houghton Library
Industry Reviews
Moving, but worth the heartbreak -- Glynis Barber * Daily Express *
At its core The Time Traveler's Wife is an old-fashioned love story. A terrific book - startlingly original construction * Observer *
I was ridiculously entranced by Audrey Niffenegger's big, reckless novel...utterly convincing * Daily Telegraph *
Niffenegger exploits the possibilities of her fantasy scenario with immense skill: no wonder this novel has spent weeks on the bestseller lists in the US. This is one of those books that makes you want to eat it up from start to finish * Guardian *
Wonky, sexy, incredible * The Times *

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