Monday, March 9, 2009

The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffeneger

This complex book will remain with you, long after you have finished reading it. It is about love and loss, beginnings and endings, foreknowledge and the unforeseen.

I usually avoid books that are on recommended lists - when all the commuters on the train were reading Angela's Ashes I shunned it. This was one of Richard and Judy's selections, and once I began reading it, I could see why it was worth telling people about.

It is closely plotted, with the interlinked events of the characters' timelines ordered to gradually reveal their relationship and the important events which shape it. It is beautifully written and has a haunting quality which could so easily be missing from such a complex story. As the story progresses the difficulties which are created by the unique situation are explored without forcing it and with great naturalness.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book. Its proposition is a simple one, but the execution is excellent.

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