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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger A very bizzare surmise - that someone can travel through time in an involuntary manner. But, if you accept that surmise, what follows is an account of a very strange man trying to live a normal life and a normal girl living a most extrodinary life. Claire is 6 when Henry first appears in the meadow, and he appears at intervals until she is 18, by which time she is in love with an idea of him. during this phase of the book, he knows more about her than she knows about him. When they meet in the present, 2 years later, he doesn't know her at all, but she knows more about him, by virtue of having met his older self. In a way, she then moulds him into the man she knows and has loved for years.The book disappears down some pretty odd avenues, with the genetically modified mice being a particularly strange excusrsion.the last section is very sad, with his death being foretold, you know it's comming, its just a question of how and when. My hunch was wrong, but it is farily well telegraphed as you draw closer to it. I felt the weakness was the ending. After henry dies, Claire sinks into a dperession, but you don't read anything of her overcomming this, or carrying on with life; instead you're left with a short coda, 50 years hence, where everything ends in a rather cutsey, happy ever after manner, more suited to a Disney film than the rest of this book. The last chapters cost this book a perfect score.Re-read for this motnh's book club, and what I said previously still stands - the last chapter is not worthy of the rest of the book.