The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger

About the book

This is the extraordinary love story of Clare and Henry who met when Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-two and Henry thirty. Impossible but true, because Henry suffers from a rare condition where his genetic clock periodically resets and he finds himself pulled suddenly into his past or future. In the face of this force they can neither prevent nor control, Henry and Clare’s struggle to lead normal lives is both intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

Reviewed by Robins Book Group:

Love story with a ‘twist’. A way of using a concept lie time travel to explore a story of love, passion and loss.

Star rating: ***

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14 thoughts on “The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger”

  1. Review by KPMG Reading Group:
    Mixed reviews from members in our group. Some found it took a long time to get into the book and relate to the characters, but was worth it in the end. Others thought that the plot lacked something. The overall feeling was that it was confusing to begin with due to the fact that the story flipped around in time.
    Star rating: ***

  2. Review by Solent U3A Reading Group:
    Very imaginative and enjoyable but a demanding read. A sad love story, which brought tears to the eyes.
    Star rating: ***

  3. Review by Woodlands Reading Group:
    Feelings were very mixed on this book. Some found it impossible to get on with, while others were fascinated. Needed careful study of dates to keep up with the story line. A complex plot, well written but rather too long.
    Star rating: ***

  4. Review by Everton Reading Group:
    Mixed reception. Plot to make you think. A hard book for some,.gripping for others. We searched for hidden meanings and could not find them. Characters were believable but the time changes were confusing and challenging
    Star rating: ** or ***

  5. Review by Petersfield U3A Book Circle 3:
    Only two persons in the group enjoyed this book. The others found it difficult to understand, although the middle section up to the wedding was enjoyed. 3 people could not read it.
    Star rating: *-***

  6. Review by Bridewell Beauties Reading Group:
    Strangely original; vivid writing; repetitious; gratuitous violence. Very different views and comments from members – many members did not want to finish the book even.
    Star rating *+

  7. Review by Bedhampton Reading Group:
    A very ‘different’ book which had a mixed reaction from our group. some members dislike fantasy – I found the book tedious and couldn’t relate to the main characters. Others found it quite a page turner with an unusual story, at times poignant and moving. A beautiful love story but not very deep and little to discuss – not a good reading group choice for this reason.
    Star rating: **

  8. Review by Kings Community Church:
    Our group had mixed reactions, 2 people finished it and enjoyed the story, 6 gave up finding it too complicated and far fetched, 2 wanted to follow the love story. It threw up lots of unanswered questions. Most of us are aged 45+ but our 20 year old and children all loved it an encouraged us to keep going!
    Star rating: **

  9. Review by Boaters Book Club:
    The intensity of the love story was admired. It was thought provocative especially re: free will, the emotions and time travel. It was compared to a cubist picture. It was considered a re-readable book especially as it had so many aspects.
    Star rating: ***/****

  10. Review by Holbury/Fawley U3A Reading Group:
    A very strange but enjoyable book. The writing was imaginative and the characterisation superb. As long as the reader can suspend belief, this is a book to love.
    Star rating: ***

  11. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
    A most satisfying love story carrying with it so many problems of ‘ordinary’ married relationships understood and shared with the group. There was a general willingness to accept a suspension of disbelief about time travelling, the author having successfully defined Henry’s problem as a genetic malfunction. Almost everyone reported having found a way of dealing with or ignoring the changing ages of Clare and Henry. A good read well worth the four star rating.
    Star rating: ****

  12. Review by Andover Reading Group:
    Should be persevered with. Several of the group did enjoy the story throughout.
    Star rating: **

  13. Review by Chandlers Ford Tuesday PM Reading Group:
    The group was split between those who were able to suspend belief (they loved it) and the other half who couldn’t keep up with all the shifting dates and occurrences. Needs perseverance.
    Star rating: ****

  14. Review by Morningtide WI. Lee-on-the-Solent
    Audrey Niffenegger has used her idea of a time traveller to write a long and interesting story. Some of my group liked it but most found it complicated; all agreed that it was well written and each section was clearly set out. Those who liked it gave it top marks but overall it was 2 stars.
    Star rating: **

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