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The Time Traveler's Wife

Yesterday I read Audrey Niffenegger's "The Time Traveler's Wife". It is by far one of the most entertaining books I've read in a long time. Stories that deal with time travel often times get bogged down in the science behind the time travel or worrying about the various paradoxes that it can produce. This book mostly avoids those subjects and instead focuses on the two main characters and their time traveling love story.

Time travel in this book is a result of a odd genetic disorder. Enough said. One only travels in time with one's own genetic material, but memories are part of that. Enough said. The primary paradox of time travel explored is the issue of free will. While it is addressed multiple times the book doesn't get bogged down with exploring the issue and instead quickly reaches the conclusion that you can't change anything. The main character is able to travel both forward and backward in time but randomly with some preference for important events. A wonderful twist that is used to great effect throughout the story.

However, despite all the nifty time traveling aspects of the story they are primarily there to serve the love story. A love story of longing. Longing but knowing. Maybe not always knowing exactly but longing knowing that something will come to pass. With love comes sorrow but neither is written with melodrama, which makes it very approachable. Overall a wonderful book that I highly recommend.

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i agree, this is a really enthralling read. although, i felt disappointed by the ending, especially what happens with clare. after the party i didn't really enjoy the rest of the book.