“Clock time is our bank manager,tax collector,police inspector;this inner time is our wife.”
-J.B. Priestley,Man and Time.
So let me start off by explaining how I decided to actually read this here book,a good couple of months ago I went through a really bad case of ‘fuck,I have no books to read’,so as always I headed down to my local Exclusive Books (the one in Canal Walk is fantastic) not knowing what I would be walking out with;as always I headed straight for the Classics isle and grabbed a few I had yet to read,now normally I spend my time looking at the Penguin editions as I find them so damned appealing-then this little guy caught my eye.
In no way would I have thought this was classified as a classic and even though it’s such a fantastic book (I’ll explain later) I still wouldn’t classify it as one,let me explain – classic literature has a certain style,a certain way of fucking up a otherwise fantastic story line with the usual over-sharing of non-essential information;7 pages describing a character with no connection to the plot tends to aggravate us readers a bit.
This is NOT the case with Time Traveler’s Wife,the seamless transition of narratives between Clare and Henry is just fantastic,the intricate time line in this novel is like some form of witch craft-I do not want to know how Niffenegger kept track of all the events and dates and time traveling mumbo jumbo;something that could have been one big cluster fuck ended up being something so beautiful,so intricate,so..so sultry! The raunchy sex scenes and potty mouth remarks had me glued to every page!
I know I’m rambling on here but god its good.
The plot revolves around Henry and Clare and their highly complicated relationship,by complicated I mean – Oh you’re the old guy that used to visit me somewhere at the bottom of a hill when I was a kid.
As you might have realised by now Henry can time travel (you’re so smart.) the crux of the matter is that Henry can’t choose when and where too he time travels,now this might seem pretty darn cool to some people but as one can expect this could potentially rock any solid relationship. He ocassionally bumps into his future/past self and he made a rule that none of these tenses may tell the other what is about to happen in the future-complicated I know.
Henry and Clare live a happy life with some ups and downs and with a few surprises along the way,you might be asking yourself ‘okay but where is the doom and gloom?’ HA! (Read it at the end!)
I give this a solid 10\10! In no way shape or form is this a romance novel,it wasn’t written for just female readers-yes it has elements of romance but very subtle,the dirty sex scenes had me sweating like a dog and I felt dirty just reading it.
Do yourself a favour and read this.
Do your mates a favour and let them read it when you’re done.
Do your hubby a favour and let HIM read it.
P.S-I cried a few times reading this!
Henry has already died,his future self knows something is coming and in time the present Henry has a difficult time juggling his family as well as this unknown doom.