The Time Traveler’s Wife – Rachel at Rachel Writes Things

Posted October 8, 2014 by Andi in Guest Post, Parallel Time Loop / 0 Comments



Next we have Rachel from Rachel Writes Things. She selected The Time Traveler’s Wife as her gust post focus.


When Andi asked us to come up with books or movies that we loved about time travel or parallel lives, the first one that came to my mind was THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger.

The novel was first published in 2003, which I didn’t know. I read it my freshman year of college (2008) during my first ever really hard English courses. I was reading stuff for my classes that I felt were dry/boring (sorry, professors!) and I wanted something to completely take me out of this. I went to a local bookstore and picked up THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE because the cover was so pretty and intriguing and I heard good things.

timetravelerTo my surprise, I devoured the book. I was completely immersed in Clare and Henry’s story. I loved the way the author told the book – through flashbacks and present day stories – and especially the way it all connected. The writing was BEAUTIFUL. It was like reading magic; sentences that were woven together like tapestry.

I am usually not one for stories where there is a large age gap. I don’t like student/teacher romance books, either, so I was amazed I fell so hard for THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE.

I cried when I finished.

THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE to me isn’t just about time travel and the “gene” Henry possesses, but about so much more. It is about growing old. It is about being a librarian. It is about falling in love. It is about growing up. It is about death. It is about magic. And it is about the beauty of time and how it really alters us. It is about change.

Clare and Henry’s story is one that I return to often. I even saw the movie, which, to my dismay but not my surprise, was not as good as the novel. The beautiful phrases and love story was lost when it hit the screen. The chemistry felt forced, not natural like in the book. Rachel McAdams felt wooden to me as Clare. Eric Bana was handsome to look at as Henry, but didn’t make me swoon and love him in the way I did with book-Henry.

I suggest you pick up the book for these quotes alone. Swoon!

“There is only one page left to rite on. I will fill it with words of only one syllable. I love. I have loved. I will love.”

“Time is priceless, but it’s free. You can’t own it, you can use it. You can spend it. But you can’t keep it. Once you’ve lost it, you can never get it back.”

“I am like a caterpillar in a cocoon of paper; all around me are sketches for sculptures, small drawings that seem like moths fluttering against the windows, beating their wings to escape from this tiny space.”

Parallel Time Loop:
Rachel – A Wrinkle in Time
Brittany – Dissonance
Lauren – The Ruby Red series

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