Wife, an enchanting novel, which is beautifully crafted and as dazzlingly The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's. The Time Traveler's Wife. Audrey Niffenegger, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. pp. In Brief. A dazzling novel in the most untraditional fashion, this is the. THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE by. Bruce Joel Rubin. BASED ON THE NOVEL BY . Audrey Niffenegger. Revisions by Dana Stevens. New Line Cinema.

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Clare meets Henry for the first time when she is 6 and he is Henry meets Clare for the first time when he is 28 and she is They marry when Clare is 23 and Henry is Although Clare has known Henry nearly all her life, Henry has only known Clare for three years. Sound confusing?

Not in Niffenegger's capable hands. In short, he time travels, thus making it possible for an older version of Henry to visit his "real time" wife when she is still a child, while the year-old version of himself has no idea who she is when he meets her for the first time in October The trouble with being a CDP Chrono-Displaced Person is having no control over when you travel, where you travel to, or how long you'll be gone.

An episode can be triggered by any number of events or emotions. Although Henry usually travels to places he has been during the course of his lifetime and is often easily able to locate his "past" self or young Clare for assistance, he's not always so lucky.

Since money and clothes don't make the trip with Henry, over time he learns to steal what he needs, fight when he has to, and as a result has had more than a few run-ins with the law.

Why has he gone where I cannot follow? Henry: How does it feel?

How does it feel? Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant.

Then, with a start, you realize that the book you were holding, the red plaid cotton shirt with white buttons, the favorite black jeans and the maroon socks with an almost-hole in one heel, the living room, the about-to-whistle tea kettle in the kitchen: all of these have vanished.

You are standing, naked as a jaybird, up to your ankles in ice water in a ditch along an unidentified rural route.

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You wait a minute to see if maybe you will just snap right back to your book, your apartment, et cetera. After about five minutes of swearing and shivering and hoping to hell you can just disappear, you start walking in any direction, which will eventually yield a farmhouse, where you have the option of stealing or explaining.

Stealing will sometimes land you in jail, but explaining is more tedious and time consuming and involves lying anyway, and also sometimes results in being hauled off to jail, so what the hell.

Sometimes you feel as though you have stood up too quickly even if you are lying in bed half asleep. You hear blood rushing in your head, feel vertiginous falling sensations.

Your hands and feet are tingling and then they aren't there at all. You've mislocated yourself again. It only takes an instant, you have just enough time to try to hold on, to flail around possibly damaging yourself or valuable possessions and then you are skidding across the forest green carpeted hallway of a Motel 6 in Athens, Ohio, at a. Tina Schulman from Philadelphia, to open this door and start screaming because there's a naked, carpet-burned man passed out at her feet.

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You wake up in the County Hospital concussed with a policeman sitting outside your door listening to the Phillies game on a crackly transistor radio. Mercifully, you lapse back into unconsciousness and wake up again hours later in your own bed with your wife leaning over you looking very worried.

Sometimes you feel euphoric. Everything is sublime and has an aura, and suddenly you are intensely nauseated and then you are gone. You are throwing up on some suburban geraniums, or your father's tennis shoes, or your very own bathroom floor three days ago, or a wooden sidewalk in Oak Park, Illinois circa , or a tennis court on a fine autumn day in the s, or your own naked feet in a wide variety of times and places.

It feels exactly like one of those dreams in which you suddenly realize that you have to take a test you haven't studied for and you aren't wearing any clothes. And you've left your wallet at home.This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Claire knows what dates Henry will visit because he gives her the dates he memorized from her diary and told her to write down so he could later memorize them.

There is so much name-dropping that it's distracting—classical music, entomology, poetry, romance languages, library science, the American punk scene, constructivist painters, you get the idea—they're all continually cropping up at the most inane times. Henry's told her what her life is and will be: How does it feel?

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