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#1 of 57 Old 06-26-2008, 04:44 PM - Thread Starter
 
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anyone interested in discussing the time traveler's wife by audrey niffenegger?

i found a general thread on this book, but not a discussion.

this has been on my to-read list for a while. i recently discovered that the movie is coming out this x-mas, so i want to read it before it does (afraid i'll get lazy and just see the movie instead).

let me know.

Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wife, is the story of Clare, a beautiful art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: periodically his genetic clock resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity in his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous, his experiences unpredictable, alternately harrowing and amusing.

The Time Traveler's Wife depicts the effects of time travel on Henry and Clare's marriage and their passionate love for each other as the story unfolds from both points of view. Clare and Henry attempt to live normal lives, pursuing familiar goals—steady jobs, good friends, children of their own. All of this is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control, making their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.

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I really enjoyed this book...be warned..it's a tear jerker!
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I recently read it and really liked it.
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My book club read this last year, and it is as without a doubt one of my favorite books of all time. In the top 5 definitely. I read it in about three days. Couldn't put it down. if you find it hard to read at first, push through and you'll get into it. Read the book before the movie comes. I almost don't want to see the movie, because I lvoed the book so much, and I don't want to be let down! But then again, I won't be able to keep myself away. I have to see it! It was supposed to be out this summer and I am so bummed it keeps getting pushed further out.

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My book club read this last year, and it is as without a doubt one of my favorite books of all time. In the top 5 definitely. I read it in about three days. Couldn't put it down. if you find it hard to read at first, push through and you'll get into it. Read the book before the movie comes. I almost don't want to see the movie, because I lvoed the book so much, and I don't want to be let down! But then again, I won't be able to keep myself away. I have to see it! It was supposed to be out this summer and I am so bummed it keeps getting pushed further out.

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thanks for that. i am finding it a little hard to get into, but i will press on.

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Dh and I adored this book. I pressed my book club into reading it and they also loved it. This is a great book with a tear jerker ending.
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I loved this book.
Its coming out as a movie soon, with Rachel McAdams

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I absolutely loved this book--it kept me thinking for months; even after a year I still find myself mulling it over from time to time. I passed it along to my father, and we've had some fantastic discussions about it. It would be great for a book club; there are lots of good topics related to it.
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Loved it! Although, it was harder for me to read the last quarter of the book than the beginning.

Great book. I got it for DP on CDs to listen in the car, and he said it was naughty...

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I loved this book! I've read it twice (so far.)

I hope the movie is good - I certainly think Eric Bana could make a perfect Henry. I just read that Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston optioned it before the novel was even released - that sounds like yucky casting - glad it didn't happen.

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I'm sure why, but I did not enjoy this book. I started losing interest about a third of the way through but pushed on to the end. I guess I figured if everyone loved it so much there must be something to it, but no, did not care for it. The plot is interesting but I didn't find it romantic or the characters engaging.
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I read this a few months ago - defnitely in my top 5 too!

I want to ask a question, but it's a spoiler - here goes:

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So, Clare's father or brother shot Henry in the meadow, right?


I've been dying to discuss this book, thanks for starting a thread.

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WOW! That blacked out function is really cool! I didn't know you could do that!!
But, the answer is YES! That was part of what was so heartbreaking!

Makes me want to read the book again!
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I just finished it today! And I totally cried! I haven't cried from reading a book in ages!

I really liked this book... a lot. DH is listening to the book on CD while driving to/from work and we've had lots of interesting discussions inspired by what we've read.

The premise is mind-boggling, even when you think you've gotten used to the fact that he can time travel.

Though I have to say, I really just wanted to finish it... it's a pretty long read and felt a bit draggy toward the end.
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I loved this book too! One of my all time favorites. I read it several years ago but think I remember it well enough to discuss it. It stuck with me for sometime.

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I loved this too! I also found the end harder to read than the beginning!

Not sure about a movie, I can't see how they'll make it make sense.

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I read it last year and really like it too.
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One of my all time favorite books!

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LOVED LOVED LOVED this book. made me weep. many times.
especially the end.
and as for the spoiler part, yes thats what happened.
so sad!!!!!
cant wait to see the movie

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I'm sure why, but I did not enjoy this book. I started losing interest about a third of the way through but pushed on to the end. I guess I figured if everyone loved it so much there must be something to it, but no, did not care for it. The plot is interesting but I didn't find it romantic or the characters engaging.

I agree with you. I feel like something is wrong with me because everyone else loved this book so much. The *plot* is super neat and fascinating but something about the voices of the main characters did not ring true for me
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I almost put it down a couple of times, and might not have picked it up again if I hadn't been reading it for a book club. I agree with some previous posters about not finding the characters engaging. Except toward the end (and those who've read it probably can guess the plot twist I'm alluding to--I always forget how to use the black spoiler feature in posts), they struck me as spoiled and selfish. On the other hand, for some reason, I kept thinking, "This would make a great movie."

I hate the casting of Rachel McAdams because I think she is too bubbly for the role of Clare, but I am still looking forward to the movie.
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This was the last book I read. I liked it but it did take a while for me to fully grasp what was going on.

I'm not sure how the movie will do it justice - it's going to be tough since it's written different than normal movie-to-books.

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I just started reading this the other day and so far i'm in love with it. It sat on my bookshelf for months before I picked it up. Now off to finish it.
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So, when are we discussing this book. I love it! I've read it twice.

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So, when are we discussing this book. I love it! I've read it twice.

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sorry! i know i started this thread and then disappeared. it's been a busy month. a hectic 4th of july weekend, followed by two weeks of visiting relatives and then dh and i escaped for a few days for our anniversary.

i'm back and ready to discuss (just need until monday to finish -- hope that's ok). does anyone have a topic suggestion to get us started or should i begin?

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i'm back and ready to discuss (just need until monday to finish -- hope that's ok). does anyone have a topic suggestion to get us started or should i begin?

I'm very flexible with the start day. The back of my copy has reading group discussions questions - we could use one of those to get the ball rolling.
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I loved this book and have been looking for another good read from the author since! I didn't know they were making a movie! Fun!
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I really enjoyed this book...be warned..it's a tear jerker!
Uh-oh.. I'm on page 130ish. I like it so far but I hate sad endings.
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Uh-oh.. I'm on page 130ish. I like it so far but I hate sad endings.
I wouldn't call it a sad ending, necessarily. A sad thing happens, that's for sure, but I don't think the very end itself is sad.
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