A story about the last time I consumed this — 3 years ago
After I had read the first few chapters of The Time Traveler’s Wife I was a bit disappointed. When I’d seen the description “time traveling librarian” I had this image of some sort of Doctor Who in a steampunk outfit going on outrageous adventures. This book is nothing like that. At all. At heart it’s (just) a love story. But the time traveling spin brings up some interesting questions. Especially since the author chose to go for a time traveling world without an option to change anything. Is there still free will? Would Clare have fallen in love with Henry if she didn’t already know for years that she would? Or vice versa?
I liked the way the novel was build, the split narration and the chronology. You find out hints about the past/future, and when they do happen the puzzle fits, it’s very well done. It could have done with some editing, the dreams or Clare working on her art didn’t add anything for me. And some of the sex scenes were a bit awkward. But on the whole I really started enjoying the story in the end, I wanted to know how it would turn out for them (even though you kinda sorta knew already).
For those of you who read the book, I have one more question – why on earth was Henry working in that library? Because he wanted to live a normal life? I don’t know if the risks he takes by working there are worth that. It seemed to me that the only added value (to the story) of him working there was that the author could let him end up in the cage.