2017 Mar 18
by Vandana Hiranand
The story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.
A widely popular book, Niffenegger’s tale was even adapted on the big screen! This novel is a tumultuous and unique love story between interesting and well-painted characters that are determined to live a normal life, even through Henry’s time-traveling disorder. While the continuous time shifts may be confusing at first, the reader will eventually adjust to the flow and enjoy the tale by connecting the storyline between different points in time.
Perhaps the most wonderful aspect of the novel is the gradual personality changes depicted in the characters throughout different points in time, which appears rather realistic. Furthermore, the characters’ struggles and personalities are rather well-written. The intricacy and complexity of the novel will keep you hooked. This mind boggling tale has closely reached the category of classic literature. And most of all, don’t be quite too surprised if the ending leaves you in tears!