Friday, October 15, 2010

The Time Traveler's Wife

by Audrey Niffenegger

It's a national bestseller, a major motion picture, and it involves time travel. How could I not read this book? Anyway, it is a good read. It's the tale of Henry DeTamble, a man who accidently travels through time. He has no control over it. He simply disappears from the present and appears somewhen in the past or future. Unfortunately he can't take anything with him, so his spends a lot of time rustling up something to wear. While he can't control the time and place of his destinations, he usually appears in places connected with his life. Because of this, he first meets his wife, Clare, in the past when she's six years old. The book is the tale of their life together, told from their mixed perspective. It's an interesting style. I'm tempted to re-read the book following both Henry and Clare's timelines, but that, of course, would take a lot of work on my part, to unravel the plot that Ms. Niffenegger wove together. Still, it's on my shelf should I ever want to try.
Oh, one more note: Ms. Niffenegger is quite guilty of indulging in scenery porn. The book is chock full of references to the greater Chicago area. You'd think it would be another reason for me to love the book, right? Well, actually, Ms. Niffenegger seems to run in quite a different social circle than I. She didn't mention Portillo's once.

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