The Time Traveler's Wife : The Time Traveler's Wife
Publication Date: 1 October 2004
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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
- 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?
- 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?
- 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
- '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?
- To what extent do you believe in Henry's time travel...