A most untraditional love story, this is the celebrated tale of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who involuntarily travels through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course. Henry and Clare’s passionate affair endures across a sea of time and captures them in an impossibly romantic trap that tests the strength of fate and basks in the bonds of love.
The same customer who lent me Life of Pi, lent me this book.
I had already seen the movie and honestly i wasn’t a huge fan. Clare bugged me quite a bit and i didn’t like the lack of explanation about how the time traveling worked. Was there a starting point where Clare and Henry met as adults for the first time and fell in love and got married however by his time traveling into the past to her childhood, he then changed the space time continuum? The movie didn’t have any answers, no logic. I feel like they just expected you to accept it and think it was ‘romantic’. I know that that time traveling isn’t real however usually when something is fake they try to give an explanation to make it plausible. Anyway i was interested to read the book to see if they did a better job at explaining and i am happy to say that they did. It was only a few sentences of Henry’s but it was enough.
The book is a love story that defies time. Henry is a time traveler, something that he discovers when he is five. He cannot control it and as an adult he finds himself often traveling back to visit his wife, Clare, while she is growing up.
The book was really well written. The author managed to pull off really well the flow of events from both Clare and Henry’s points of view. There was no disjoint even though it was constantly jumping from a different time and place.
I found the middle to be quite slow (it was a longer book coming in at 537 pages) and i think some of the events weren’t all that interesting or even necessary to the text.
The characters were really well developed and you knew them quite intimately. Clare didn’t bug me like she did in the movie so i don’t know if that was the actress or the writer.
I did find the writing a bit unusual because some chapters were written almost as poetry and through metaphors and then in others the language was quite crude and harsh (quite a few mentions of the word cock and two of the c word, which did make me uncomfortable even though they were used in the right context). There was a little bit of sex in the book, for me it was definitely on the line and to be honest if it wasn’t such a well known story i probably would have stopped reading it (also the fact that they are in the second half of the book and I’d already read so much!).
The story has an interesting concept and i can see why it has fascinated so many. Without spoiling it, it’s also a bit of a tear jerker towards the end so get your box of tissues ready.
It was interesting to read however it wasn’t hard to have to put down either. I would probably recommend it however not if you’re easily offended by the c word or sex.