Thursday, May 22, 2014

Inbetween: The Time Traveler's Wife

I've read this a while ago.. 

The time traveler's wife is a love story set in different times, seen from different angles and experienced from different ages. 

The story revolves around Clare and Henry, lovers through all time, and the story is told from their respective angles. 
The first half of the novel, Clare is trying to keep up with the memories future-Henry already has and once they meet when she's 20, Henry does the same. 
She at first waits for him to show up, and when she's the one left behind in the present, she reluctantly lets him go, even though she knows a younger self is depending on his visits. 

They try to lead a normal life, each having jobs, getting married, eventually trying to have children, which become a barrier between them but hope prevails until the end. His lapses in time complicate things, but together they make the most of things. 

The way it is written, took some getting used to, but I picked up the pace quickly. 
Although the novel jumps back and forth in time, I never lost grip on the story and the love between Henry and Clare. 

It's a well-told tale, but it never excited me as much as I thought it would do. The characters lacked meaning, imo, but somehow the novel has a certain wantonness about it, that makes it easy to ignore its flaws. 

I give this 7 out of 10.