Monday, June 23, 2008

the time travelers wife

One of the best books I've ever read, hands down. Stories of love and longing for some reason have always struck a chord with me, but it's very difficult to pull of a good love story without being cliche or stupid. Audrey Niffenegger has put together a magnificent novel meshing fantasy and reality without the usual mystical stupidity and creating an amazingly complex and yet identifiable story of people's lives intertwining throughout time. I hadn't been able to put it down since getting it 3 days ago, and I'm already through the 536 pages. The timing of the book is impeccable, with an interesting story that just continues to pull you in over and over again until tears are streaming down your face and you're nauseous with emotion. It's spontaneous and unpredictable, and yet explainable in a way that makes you believe that uncontrollable time travel is possible. It opens one's mind up the the possibility of seeing people you thought gone, and the pain and happiness that come with the knowledge of future and past.

Great love stories always include some sort of parting of two souls that cannot rest until they are reunited, and that idea has been recycled and cheaply exploited a million times over, but the power and beauty of this story stands head and shoulders above them all. I see that they are making of movie of it starring Rachel McAdams, which is disappointing because I feel like that was a pretty obvious choice. Speaking of stories of love and loss and longing... I think we all saw The Notebook. Don't get me wrong, that was a great movie that definitely doled out some tears, but it would have been nice to see a new person exploring that role.

Book: Highly highly highly recommended.
Movie: We'll see

1 comment:

Lauren said...

reeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaally good book. did i give that to you?