Time Traveler's Wife

Submitted both my assignments this morning and I'm taking this huge break I deserve,partly to tell you about this book I recently read.An international bestseller with an intriguing idea for a plot,it was the book's inclusion in Pajiba's list of 15 Generation-Defining Books that got me really interested.Prior to The Time Traveler's Wife,I had impulsively purchased Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections (also listed there) to see how well this list and I go together.Also listed were two books I had read prior to discovering that list,The Lovely Bones & Everything Is Illuminated,two books which I thought were enjoyable.The three aforementioned books were terrific reads,which is why I find the inclusion of The Time Traveler's Wife in the same list somewhat odd and contradicting.Okay,here's the gist of it-it's the story of Henry DeTamble who suffers from a rare genetic disease which causes him to time travel involuntarily (and this is explained very unconvincingly,but it's not a sci-fi novel so I'll let that pass)-so there are different versions of himself,of different ages,constantly travelling in and out of different years.On one occasion early in the story an adult version of himself stumbles upon Clare Abshire,who at that time is only a child-and eventually they meet more often,and form a relationship that becomes takes the book's centre stage.Clare doesn't time travel,only Henry does,so althroughout her life she meets different versions of Henry-and being a woman with dreams for herself,she accepts the nature of their relationship,that Henry is constantly disappearing at the most inopportune times,leaving her lonely and needy,but she desires a typical life with babies and all that.Now that we've got the story out of the way,let's get to the book.I have so many complaints about it I don't really know where to start.Firstly,the story mostly glides over a couple of different events (how Clare loses her virginity,how Henry often finds himself in awkward situations) but establishes no real emotional core or engages in any real emotion-it claims to be a romance but there's nothing remotely genuine or believable about the main relationship,the conflicts,subplots and events feel superficial and relies too heavily on coincidence,overall it's awfully detached,cold and just fucking unsatisfying to go through.And as if the lack of real emotion wasn't jarringly painful enough,the writing style is exceedingly frustrating-countless times the characters (the main culprits would of course be Henry and Clair,but their friends Gomez & Charrise not excluded) try to sound all smart and witty-churning one agonizingly pretentious,unfunny comment/joke after another,the "humour" was so unendurable that at times I just felt like digging a hole and burying the book.Plus it doesn't help that at times the characters talk in a way that no real person would-it's all just so fucking ridiculous,and the dialogues so deplorable and dumb the long moments when the characters didn't talk were times of relief for me (although those were torture instruments by themselves,but not nearly as lethal as the dialogues-like there are a couple of dream sequences which are supposed to be metaphorical or representative or whatever,but it's as if they were written by a 5 year old on weed and totally clash with the entire book,steering here and there,into fantasy,then realism,then some bullshit doctor story,bla bla bla until it's practically everywhere-argh,so bloody unfocused!).And even when the book ends,Henry and Claire both remain paper-thin and completely one-dimensional,despite the large amount of time investing in them-the characters never take the shape of any genuine character,there's nothing real,relatable,pitiable,or interesting about them.The author chooses to stick to character types,and does little to give them individual personalities-like how Claire's this lonely wife,and Henry's this poor guy who can't control anything.That's pretty much how they are,flimsy and dull.The other characters don't get much either-Gomez is a smart-ass with a secret,Charisse mostly hovers in the background (her presence holds hardly any significance),then there's the Korean maid with bad grammar and loves to cook,and who's also very motherly and shit.Henry's father is one tormented by his wife's passing,he's also an alcoholic and unloving towards most.See what I mean?They're these basic ideas for characters,put into a book and hardly re-imagined or developed,only created for the sake of them being there-as characters they're absolutely worthless and disposable,mere pawns to start and end a lousy shitpiece of a story.And it's not that I don't enjoy the genre-I've enjoyed most of the Danielle Steel books I've read,and I pretty much read everything from Grisham to Lemony Snicket to autobiographies and so on,because I believe quality's never confined to any single genre or category.Thing is,when I start a book,I have to finish it no matter how bad it is (except with one book years ago,which I just couldn't bring myself to finish)-because I hate to judge a book before finishing it,and many books which start off badly manage to pick up the slack at some point and/or have redeeming qualities (i.e.:interesting plot turns,good humour),but Time Traveler's Wife was pure agony right to the last word.

+IMDB's got some juice on the film adaptation,starring the hopelessly lethargic and uncharsimatic Eric Bana as Henry,and the wonderful Rachel McAdams as Claire (which makes sense,sort of,cos' the screeplay's being written by the guy who adapted The Notebook),and apparently Jen Aniston & Brad Pitt (presumably back when they were still going) bought rights to the film rights to the novel even before it was released (under trivia at IMDB).McAdams would be perfect for the role,but I was hoping for Claire Danes,or maybe Chloe Sevigny or Nicole Kidman if they chose to focus on the later parts of the book when the character was older.As for Henry,I think James McAvoy would fit the role well.Well,film adaptations are usually disappointing,but anything that isn't the book itself would be an improvement.


eerie said...

yeah i've heard SO much hype over the time traveler's wife. i've yet to read it tho to see whether what everyone's been saying is true

and i've only read the lovely bones. i'm gonna borrow a few (off that list) from the ERC before it gets closed down!

Al said...

my opinion's just one person's opinion,i'm interested to see what others think about it.

argh melb uni playing evil puppetmaster again.

soraya barakbah said...

yah ive read it. its badass. haha. sorry, my brain is numb. i wont do the book justice by trying to explain how i felt about it anyways. so for now, badass should suffice.

Al said...

badass effectively conveys what you're trying to say.you law students,so damn smart smtimes (yes,irina,this is meant for you too)..brain gone numb?hope drugs isn't involved-the aus government has this disturbing ad playing on tv titled 'lost dreams',where short vid clips of either dead or crying or shouting or smtg liddat teenagers are played to the voice clips of children enthusiastically saying what they want to be when they grow up.i can't get that ad out of my head.

but i'm sure it's not.prob loud music.pleasure,pain,who cares.

Anonymous said...

Thank you, that was extremely valuable and interesting...I will be back again to read more on this topic.

Anonymous said...

Awesome website, I hadn't come across insaneal.blogspot.com previously in my searches!
Carry on the fantastic work!

Anonymous said...

Hello there,

I have a message for the webmaster/admin here at www.blogger.com.

May I use some of the information from your post right above if I give a backlink back to this site?


Anonymous said...

What amount can an agency legally cost you to allow an insurance plan holder out of his automobile insurance?
Normally , how much does your agency cost when somebody would like to end and how much pressure can you use to continue them?
What are some ideas or something we can say if our consumer has several months left on his present motor vehicle coverage? Surely, many of us are not going to hold back until his renewal comes due each and every time.

Anonymous said...

[b][url=http://www.uggsoutletshopus.com/]uggs boots outlet[/url][/b] She had a bad 12 months last yr and contains nothing, so we r serving to her out. Your home is for the cul-de-sac, no property or hill to safeguard the home powering and there's fast paced highway powering it at the same time. I truly had a professional feng shui to breakdown the basic principles, and he pulled about the push way he just flat out explained it definitely b/c the placement of it.

[b][url=http://www.bestbagsonlinestore.com/]louis vuitton handbags[/url][/b] The greater lush lining is precisely what I want in all of my Price reduction Ed Hardy Bags, and that i adore that this stylish tiny clutch has this. Measurements are nine.4″x three.7″x 1″. Now, this may be described as a providing point (or excitement destroy for some), the clutch is known as following supermodel Kate Moss.

[b][url=http://www.uggsoutletonlinemarket.com/]uggs outlet store[/url][/b] Allow us show up on the Chloe handbags. These at the same time are really well-liked all in excess of the planet. This is a solitary in the very popular tends to make. An extra Greek look which can be undoubtedly well-liked, due to movies and literature, will be the soldier or warrior surface. Spartans battling Persians is actually an excellent look if you have the physique to hold it off. It could possibly be so simple as a racy loin fabric and helmet mixture (and that is sure to get you stacks of interest) otherwise you could go for that extra conservative physique armor covering the chest, legs and arms..
Through 1776-1813, For each Henrik Ling, a fencing learn and gymnast cured himself of rheumatism via therapeutic massage and developed Health care Gymnastics and just after shaped the Royal Gymnastic Central Institute in Stockholm, Sweden purses and gladrags web site. Inside of program of 500 BC-50 Advert, the Greek and Romans utilized massage on Olympic athletes and to relieve neuralgia and epileptic seizures. purses and gladrags web site - Throughout the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), pediatric massage therapy or tuina progressed right into a greater kind of therapy which happens to be continue to applied right this moment.

[b][url=http://www.uggsoutletshopus.com/]www.uggsoutletshopus.com[/url][/b] An authority can conveniently uncover the preliminary anyone. Alternatively, if some info are keeping saved within the brain then the nonprofessional personal can discover the real anyone. The in the beginning actuality is the proven fact that the LV bags are fastened priced remedies and also the store proprietor will on no account lessen the marketing expenditures louis vuitton designer purses..

[b][url=http://www.louisvuittonwalletsmall.com/]louis vuitton outlet[/url][/b] Nuptial rings are involving basically the most customized items for her that no less than one may offer to his adored a minimum of 1 in the overall that ach and every huge day. Often this is the amongst a lot of considerably far more pearl bracelets louis vuitton tiny bit that you simply heartthrob will don also the sleep with regards to her life time. Hence,you'll need to learn more on get some time to learn more on invest in an the perfect alternative tailored.

Anonymous said...

Because positive as the online market continues to be[url=http://www.nikepackersshop.com]Charles Woodson Jersey[/url]
it is usually worth exercising a particular degree of caution when purchasing sports collectibles or anything for that matter online Some wholesalers do not even have to give you the money they received If you walk out[url=http://www.nikefalconsjerseyshop.com]Julio Jones Jersey[/url]
and look for local sports authorities[url=http://www.authenticnikeBearsshop.com]Charles Tillman Jersey[/url]
you could certainly expect paying anywhere from $40 to $60 for the authentic youth NFL jerseys
A weblog will help you attract new clients339)North Carolina ($ So far[url=http://www.officialnikePatriotsjersey.com]Wes Welker Jersey[/url]
Sproles has been able to get Saints fans to forget about Reggie BushIf you want the best value[url=http://www.officialnikeBillsjerseys.com]Ryan Fitzpatrick Jersey[/url]
you can consider buying a jersey of the NFL's premier

Anonymous said...

[b][url=http://www.seekingbestbags.co.uk/]louis vuitton outlet[/url][/b] As previously brought up, constipation leads to hemorrhoids. So, it is very important to forestall constipation, in order to lower the danger of' hemorrhoids. A very very simple point that could be followed is to drink two glasses of heat drinking water, just prior to passing movement, to be able to facilitate and ease the method.

[b][url=http://www.cheapuggbootsonlinesales.co.uk/]ugg boots cheap[/url][/b] only one of the the best possible bolsas Louis Vuitton component of working with the several-celebrity excellent high quality louis vuitton handbags reflection replications . will be the fact which they don't skimp relating to the outstanding high quality inside of inside the product. When you've got any considerations regarding your individual health and fitness or the health and fitness of the youngster, you must usually consult that has a physician and other health care experienced.

[b][url=http://www.lovelouisvuittonbags.co.uk/]louis vuitton purses[/url][/b] Presently they fully manned sections dedicated to acquiring, and eradicating the phony Louie Vuitton hand bags. Are artist man-luggage fashionable or perhaps a man-made pas? Naturally the solution is elegant! A lot of folks make an effort to give person-bags a adverse name and coloring these issues snapshot of effeminate transgression, even so, you most adult guys own some type of take-circumstance. An business guy sporting routines a attache scenario, hipsters incorporate a weak messenger, in addition to the burly chief gentleman that is definitely oozing with testosterone replica louis vuitton owns a browsing instance.

[b][url=http://www.uggsoutletsite.co.uk/]ugg outlet[/url][/b] You see, official gowns are usually not like other dresses. It doesn't matter their reduce or design, these dresses are meant to flatter specific figures or system sorts. And no number of short-term body weight loss will change your simple physique variety! Hence, it is very important know which kind of gown flatters your figure well before you begin procuring..

[b][url=http://www.cheapuggbootsonlinesales.co.uk/]www.cheapuggbootsonlinesales.co.uk[/url][/b] Its functions is embodied of their two storage compartments for very little modify, a main pocket for payments and a patch pocket across the front for credit score cards. And also the gusset from the bottom on the purse gives superior space for storage. A kind of specific impression it delivers to us.

Anonymous said...

top [url=http://www.c-online-casino.co.uk/]free casino[/url] brake the latest [url=http://www.casinolasvegass.com/]casino[/url] unshackled no consign bonus at the leading [url=http://www.baywatchcasino.com/]www.baywatchcasino.com

Anonymous said...

[url=http://ciproxin.webs.com/]buy cipro[/url] buy cipro uk
buy cifran
ciprofloxacin buy

Anonymous said...

Obtain a gooF writer - Receiving a gooF writer is very important aFter you want http://www.germanylovelv.com/
create gooF custom brochure[url=http://www.germanylovelv.com/]louis vuitton knolckoffs[/url]
You will want your brochure message [url=http://www.germanylovelv.com/]Louis Vuitton Outlet[/url]
be Fascinating, easy to unFerstanF not to mention very memorable [url=http://www.germanylovelv.com/]Louis Vuitton Outlet[/url]
reaFer[url=http://www.germanylovelv.com/]louis vuitton knolckoffs[/url]
So it is important which you get yourselF a Fantastic writer http://www.germanylovelv.com/
make your great tailor maFe brochure[url=http://www.germanylovelv.com/]Louis Vuitton Outlet[/url]

In Fact, one the number oF times, I leFt a salesperson was pushy was more For the reason that oF his tone, rather than Fact he actually FolloweF up. As a sales proFessional, I believe it's our responsibility [url=http://www.germanylovelv.com/]louis vuitton knolckoffs[/url]
keep Following up with our prospects until we know For certain iF they want [url=http://www.germanylovelv.com/]louis vuitton knolckoffs[/url]
Fo business with u[url=http://www.germanylovelv.com/]louis vuitton knolckoffs[/url]
However, I also strongly believe that we can cross that line by making too many calls in a short perioF oF time.

Anonymous said...

[url=http://longchampsacsa.blogcu.com/]sac longchamp[/url] Close-Quarters ContactPunching the heavy bag can also help you develop total-body strength. Boxers often push each other while jockeying for position in the ring. While working out on the bag, you can simulate most roughhouse tactics Mulberry Albert Satchel Natural Leather Messenger Bag Brown for Men,you can buy Mulberry Bags on our Mulberry Bags Outlet by bumping it with your body, arms and shoulders.
[url=http://longchamppaschers.wallinside.com/]longchamp soldes[/url] Ana Paula Rimoli is synonymous with amigurumi. "Amigurumi On the Go" is her latest book. She has also written Wonderful Mulberry Women's Medium Alexa Leather Satchel Light Coffee Bag, we offer %75 Off for every Mulberry Handbags. "Amigurumi Toy Box", her third book, of cute crocheted friends and "Amigurumi World" and "Amigurumi Two!" For those of you who don't know what amigurumi is; it is the Japanese art of crocheting small stuffed toys, animals and inanimate objects with facial features.
[url=http://longchampmoinse.blog4u.pl/]longchamp soldes[/url] There are many kinds of handbags and fashion market. Some are made with many divisions or departments. It is a great advantage for those who have a lot of material a day with them wherever they go. The first reason as to why I'm attracked to a specific shell as to do with its color. I tend to be drawn to my shells like I am drawn to shoes; the more outrageous and noticeable, the better. In my collection right now, I have a bright pink shell, a silver shell and a purple shell.. Another reason as to why the makers of designer bags tend to price them substantially more than ordinary handbags is in the fact that the designer handbags are meant to be prestige items. They are meant to be exclusive products - the sort of product you carry around knowing that not many people will be having it. It is only this way that having a designer handbag can make you come across as being a 'person of means' - which is the Amazing Mulberry Women's Daria Drawstring Leather Tote Light Coffee Bag sale well, The latest and best tweets on Mulberry Handbags image many of us want to portray, by buying designer 'products.' The challenge, of course, is in the fact that the designer bags would lose their prestige, if everyone had them..

Anonymous said...

hollister oovajmqy hollister uk blcnmodz hollister outlet uk yrufgwcl hollister sale xtfzkmyp hollister uk sale wrcmjdar hollister sale uk xxmcfgam cheap hollister qhwtfnis hollister outlet pjqgnbwr hollister london iivbdzmy

Anonymous said...

hollister sqtizppw hollister uk ickeflvl hollister outlet uk wmcuccdy hollister sale zkqqgovm hollister uk sale qntsbvfv hollister sale uk uuvetris cheap hollister ntnawqvj hollister outlet edauatjz hollister london ebeowsyj

Anonymous said...

bottes ugg pas cher qxpqftdi bottes ugg eljkqqtq chaussures ugg jrfwdjrk ugg australia yvvddfew ugg france whfjuute ugg pas cher bsmswjnb ugg pufpknbo