Monday, July 27, 2009

Review #2: The Time Traveler's Wife or Why I am in love with Henry DeTamble

Okay, I just figured out how to put a title on my blog posts. I am so technical I can't stand it!

So, I just finished The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger over a week ago and I can not get it out my head. First of all, I am aware that I am one of the very very few ex-booksellers that took this long to read it. It's a curse of working in bookstores. You tend to zone out what's hot and what everyone is asking for. Of course, I want to be the one to discover the next big thing, right? :)

Anyway, I don't care how long it took, boy am I glad I finally read this beauty. Before you even read on (hopefully there is someone out there reading this besides my mother) go out and buy a copy, check out a copy, paperbackswap a freakin' copy, I DON'T CARE, go get it now. Mom, don't worry, you can borrow mine.

I'll wait.

(tap, tap) Okay, I love, love, love this book. I don't just love it because it's a unique love story and by golly, i would love to have a romance like that (sorry, honey) but I love it because it made me feel so close to the characters.
I cared for them. I wanted them to be happy. I wanted to take care of them.
Which leads me to the title of this blog post.

Why I love Henry DeTamble.
Let me count the ways.
He has a giant heart.
He is honest.
He is smart.
He is awkward.
He is humble.
He is reckless.
He is smitten. I just love that word and I love a man that is so smitten with his wife.
He loves punk music and even guides some young punk babies with the right punk music to listen to. Nurturing, right? (sigh)

More than what he is, is also what he needs.
He needs Claire.
He needs to be taken care of.
He needs intimacy.
He needs to feel intensity.
He needs to understand.
He needs to put the puzzle together.
He needs to be there for his child.

Henry DeTamble has become on of my favorite characters to come along. Sure, I'm a crush crazy girl and this guy spins a little romantic magic throughout the book but I must say when the book ended, I wanted to continue Henry's story. (No I am not going to give it away)

Trust me, this is a pull the blanket up to your chin-grab your glass (or bottle) of wine-do not leave your seat for 2 days kind of read.

Forget the trailer for the movie for now. Read the book first. Form your own visions of the handsome Henry and charming Claire.

Perhaps that will be another blog discussion for the future.

Happy Reading!