Monday, May 28, 2007
35. "The Time Traveler's Wife" - Audrey Niffenegger
Henry DeTamble is a time traveler. In fact, he meets his future wife, Clare, when she is only eight years old. No Humbert Humbert, he waits until his true age-self meets her again when she is legal, and she gets to share the insanity that is time travel with him.
Because, at least for Henry, time travel is not fun. He wakes up naked, sick, and starving. He gets to see his mother die over and over again. But he also gets to see Clare, as well as serve as a warning or guide for his younger self.
Without the French prose, German poetry, inane stanzas, and quirky high brow references, this could easily be the book of the month from Harlequin romances. When I used to write romance (and yes, I did write romance - still have my RWA card somewhere), the chant was "cowboys, brides, and babies." Lately, it's cowboys, brides, babies, time travel, vampires, and ghosts. So, this novel fits in with themes women find fascinating.
And I'll admit to being taken with the premise. The what ifs are wonderful to think through. But I didn't feel like I'd read something hearty, like oatmeal. More like a quick bowl of Cheerios.
2.5 out of 5.0 Bret's First Times.