What a debut novel by Audrey Niffenegger!
I know I’m late to the game, and many of these recommendations will be, but I’m a strong advocate of seeking out books that mean something to you, and this one has been on my to-read list for a while. When I spotted it in a second hand bookstore, with pages lovingly browned – resistance was completely futile. It didn’t disappoint.
This beautiful love story told from the perspectives of both Henry and Clare resonates deeply. It is harsh in circumstance, but gentle in portrayal, bleeding honest and above all: present. It brims with cultural allusions and references. I guarantee I didn’t get all of them. I loved the quotes of Rainer Maria Rilke and A. S. Byatt’s Possession that were littered throughout.
I read this book largely because I’m interested in time travel in fiction, especially the closed/causal loop variety. I wanted to see it written. It’s so complicated and clever; tightly woven. To keep it interesting you always have to be one step ahead of the reader, feeding them titbits of a future that’s already written. If you haven’t seen the film Predestination, with Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook, I highly recommend it as well. It was built off the back of a short story by Robert A. Heinlein.
This was a case of I-saw-the-movie-years-ago-but-the-book-is-always-better, so I went back to it. I love film, manga, anime, television. I love it when texts interconnect and are translated to new mediums; especially when they add something new. Looking forward to going back to rewatch TTTW film one day, but for now, just sitting and enjoying the masterpiece that was the book. The original thought. The seminal creation.
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