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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger The AuthorAudrey Niffenegger was born in 1963 in the idyllic hamlet of South Haven, Michigan. Her family moved to Evanston, Illinois when she was little; she has lived in or near Chicago for most of her life.She began making prints in 1978 under the tutelage of William Wimmer. Miss Niffenegger trained as a visual artist at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and received her MFA from Northwestern University’s Department of Art Theory and Practice in 1991. She has exhibited her artist’s books, prints, paintings, drawings and comics at Printworks Gallery in Chicago since 1987.Her first books were printed and bound by hand in editions of ten. Two of these have since been commercially published by Harry N. Abrams.In 2003 she published the novel The Time Traveler’s Wife with an indepented publisher. It was an international best seller, and has been made into a movie. For more information on Audrey Niffenegger visit http://www.audreyniffenegger.com The reviewI have so many mixed feeling about this book it is insane. I have to admit that I saw the movie a couple of years back already and was really intrigued by it. I cried over it and laughed with it and I was hoping the book would give me the same feeling. But it did not manage and for me the movie is better than the book and that does not happen often. The characters in the book are set very clear. You have Henry, good looking, popular with a secret and Clare a innocent girl/woman believing in true love. These people belong together no doubt possible. Every other person romantically involved gets dismisses immediately cause they cannot belong on the spot beside either Henry or Clare. It is not difficult to connect and feel for the characters. I really felt for them.BUT... yeah unfortunately it is there. I experienced the storyline as confusing and the impact of Henry vanishing and returning was not as strong as it was visualized in the movie. I had a hard time getting into this book with stories jumping around all the time. While getting engaged to one story it would be done and the story would move one somewhere else. It was a good thing the characters where so steady cause I would have put the book down after 100 pages for sure.I will probably watch the movie again but the book is going to my 3 star shelf with a note that once was enough.