Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 55reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by luminara amazing this book was an exceptional story very very good i cant wait to see the movie! 09/03/2009
Rated 2 out of 5 by nonickworks confusing--not my taste I heard this was a good book. I saw the movie previews and wanted to read it. I have read 40 pages, and so far, I am not impressed. 09/10/2009
Rated 2 out of 5 by BRGRedd good value, but..... This book was a great value. With the movie coming out I wanted to read it. I'm sure it is a good book, if the "f" word does not offend you. I got to page 87 and it said the "f" word 4 times. I really want to read it but I don't think you need to use that kind of language to get your point across. unfortunately I will not be finishing this book. For those of you who don't like swearing and a little bit of sexually explicit subject matter, this book is not for you. 09/01/2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by JoJo0314 Since Henry DeTamble was a boy, he has been different. He has a disorder that causes him to travel through time. He can go forwards or backwards in time, but often finds himself returning to the same spots. One second he is at his work at the Newberry Library in Chicago and the next he is completely naked in a field in Michigan. The defect to Henry’s traveling is that nothing comes with him. He may end up somewhere dangerous, like freezing in the snow or in the middle of traffic with no clothes and only himself to depend on. Clare Abshire is also a special character in this story. When she was six years old, a man appeared in her field claiming to have come from the future. At her age, she was unsure about the man but over time and through many visits she realizes that Henry is her true love, the man who she would marry in the future. Henry is only eight years older than Clare, but he first meets her when she was six and he was 36 in the meadow near her parent’s house. The two get to know each other during Clare’s adolescence with different versions of Henry occasionally popping of the nowhere. The characters were so well described that I still imagine meeting Henry someday, somewhere. Henry and Clare's love and loyalty to each other is the only trust they can depend on throughout all the chaos and difficulties they suffer.I loved this book. There is a lot of reality for an unrealistic book. This is by far the most beautifully told love story I have ever read. I had laugh out loud moments along with plenty of love, mystery, excitement, romance and tragedy. The author, Audrey Niffenegger, took me back and forth through time showing me the perspectives of both the time traveler, Henry, and the time traveler’s wife, Clare. Even though this book jumps all over time, it is easy to keep track of what is happening in the character's lives. This book took in a way that if I know these characters inside, share and feel their beyond description of their happiness as they struggle with time. Ms. Niffenegger has created real characters that I feel as if Clare and Henry are people I actually know and could hang out with. This story demonstrated of how love lasts through a life and how it grows with each challenge faced. It made my day to day problems seem insignificant by comparing them and made me appreciate my relationship much more.Personally I enjoyed the book and recommend it, but there are some who would not like the book. It is not written for kids under age 11 because it is very mature and has some very developed themes throughout the entire book. I absolutely recommend this book to anyone who believes in absolute, pure, simple, everlasting 'fairy tale' love we all want for ourselves. Don't let the length of this book scare you! 12/17/2012