Plot: How far can love endure? Noah Calhoun has just returned from World War Two. Attempting to escape the ghosts of battle, he tries to concentrate on. "The Time Traveler's Wife" Автор: Audrey Niffenegger hen Henry meets Clare, he is twenty-eight and she is twenty. Henry has never met Clare. The Time Traveler's portal7.info KB. The Time Traveler's portal7.info2. MB. The Time Traveler's portal7.info KB. The Time Traveler's portal7.info MB.
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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.
Niffenegger has written a soaring love story illuminated by dozens of finely obs erved details and scenes, and one that skates nimbly around a huge conundrum at the heart of the book: Henry De Tamble, a rather dashing librarian at the famous Newberry Library in Ch icago, finds himself unavoidably whisked around in time. He disappears from a sc ene in, say, to find himself suddenly, usually without his clothes, which m ysteriously disappear in transit, at an entirely different place 10 years earlie r-or later. During one of these migrations, he drops in on beautiful teenage Cla re Abshire, an heiress in a large house on the nearby Michigan peninsula, and a lifelong passion is born. The problem is that while Henry's age darts back and f orth according to his location in time, Clare's moves forward in the normal mann er, so the pair are often out of sync. But such is the author's tenderness with the characters, and the determinedly un gimmicky way in which she writes of their predicament only once do they make us e of Henry's foreknowledge of events to make money, and then it seems to Clare l ike cheating that the book is much more love story than fantasy.
See full terms and conditions and this month's choices. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion.
We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book. Audrey Niffenegger includes a section of The Odyssey at the end of the book. In many ways Clare and Henry are a modern Penelope and Odysseus. What parallels do you see?
Are there other couples in literature that remind you of Clare and Henry? How is Clare shaped by waiting and absence? How do these themes develop throughout the novel? And yet I am always going, and she cannot follow. Or is he a victim of chance? How does losing his mother define Henry? What other key moments are like this one?
Was Henry right to give young Clare a list of when he would visit? Was she too young, even though Henry knew they would be together in the future? Would you want the list if you were Clare?
Did he have a choice in every moment? Are there things you think he should have tried to change?
How do you view Gomez? Was he ultimately more helpful or harmful as a friend to Henry? What would you have done in his shoes? Henry and Clare disagree over having a child, with strong arguments on both sides. Who do you think is right?
I can reach into him and touch time. What tactics do they use to reconcile their past, present, and future selves? How did this affect your reading experience? Do you ultimately find the book uplifting, or is it tragic?
Audrey Niffenegger has said that she had two rules while writing the novel: 1. Everything happens once and nothing can be changed once it has happened. Henry has a genetic disorder that causes him to time travel. He cannot control it and it is not his fault. Do you think this made the idea of time travel more credible? Have you read other time-travel novels? Do you think the authors were similarly precise about how they managed the complexity of characters who are not confined by time?
A Conversation with Audrey Niffenegger How did you begin to envision this story? Did an image, a character, some dialogue, or something else trigger the idea? So I wrote it on my drawing table and continued to draw. It was unrelated to anything I was drawing or thinking about, but it caught my attention. Who was this wife, why would anyone marry a time traveler? It must be lonely, being married to someone who is often away; it must be dangerous to be a time traveler. I had a mental image of a white-haired woman, alone in a sunny room, a cup of tea on the table before her, untouched; a woman waiting.
How could I describe all that waiting, all the negative space around their marriage? I gave them names, Clare and Henry.
That was the beginning, but it took almost five years to write the book. As a graphic artist, did you ever consider presenting this story in another way? What led you to develop it into a novel? 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.
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.
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. When I am out there, in time, I am inverted, changed into a desperate version of myself. I become a thief, a vagrant, an animal who runs and hides. I startle old women and amaze children.