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.

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"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 ruthenpress.info KB. The Time Traveler's ruthenpress.info2. MB. The Time Traveler's ruthenpress.info KB. The Time Traveler's ruthenpress.info MB. Read The Time Traveler's Wife PDF - by Audrey Niffenegger ruthenpress.info | Audrey Niffenegger's innovative debut, The Time Traveler's Wif.

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.

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Scribner May Length: Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?

Henry: How does it feel? How does it feel? Sometimes it feels as though your attention has wandered for just an instant.

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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.

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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. The first rule eliminates paradox and the butterfly effect, which are always a challenge for any writer of time travel stories. Using the concept of a block universe also known as eternalism , in which all times exist at once, gave the novel a whiff of determinism and tragedy: Henry and Clare often know the future but they cannot alter it.

The second rule puts Henry at the mercy of his body and absolves him of responsibility for abandoning Clare so often.

The idea of time travel as a genetic disorder came to me because in , when I began to work on the book, genetics was much in the news; the race to decode human DNA was on then.

I wanted something random but with rules, and a disease seemed to fit that need. Was it difficult to trace what Clare and Henry know, and how that affects their interactions, in any given moment?

I made two time lines: one for Clare, which adhered to normal chronology, and one for Henry and all his time-jumping, which also tracked what the reader knows and what the characters know in any scene. The book took me four and a half years to write, so there was time to consider continuity and to carefully build the structures of the whole novel. Did you relate more to Henry or Clare?

What was it like writing from both points of view? It was very liberating to be able to hop back and forth and to offer the reader both sides of their story. I wanted to show a marriage from a cubist perspective, all vantage points in all time frames. I identify with them both: Clare because she is an artist and a woman, Henry because I had given him my own voice, his voice is my natural one and his tastes and worldview are often mine. Chicago is shown in great detail in the book.

What made you choose it for the setting? Chicago is my home and it is strangely underrepresented in literature.

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So I felt that it was mine for the taking, and I had great joy including the places I love in the story. There has been an unintended side effect: quite a lot of people have told me that they read TTW, decided to visit Chicago, and roamed around locating the places mentioned in the book. Some of these places have vanished in the years since TTW was published.

But you can still download records at Vintage Vinyl and Opart is still the best Thai restaurant in Chicago. And of course the Newberry Library is still going strong. There are so many literary allusions throughout, and Henry is a librarian at the Newberry. Oh yes. I trained as a book conservator, I bind books, I collect books, my house has so many books in it now that I am a little worried about its structural integrity.

Do you have similar struggles and triumphs with your creative endeavors? I tried to make Clare a different sort of artist than I am. My own art is odd, small-scaled, flat, narrative, and often autobiographical.

My themes are love and death, sex and loss, the strangeness, the fleeting nature of it all. Clare might find my work a bit gloomy. But I did give her real studio practices, she works the way I would if I was making her art.

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