January 15th DEAR Journal

The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger tells the tale of Clare and Henry, a time traveler. Henry suffers from a rare genetic anomaly that causes him to live his life on a shifting timeline, back and forth through his lifespan with no control. Clare believed that Henry and her are destined for each other despite the fact she never knows when they’ll be separated.

Clare met Henry when she was six years old in a clearing near her family home, however, Henry only met Clare when he was twenty-eight and Clare was twenty. Due to him being a prisoner of time, Henry was very confused as to how an gorgeous librarian would know about his abilities to time travel when he has never told another sole. Slowly as the story progresses, together, Henry and Clare slowly begin to develop a romantic relationship. It was extremely difficult considering Clare has known Henry for most her life and he has only known her for a few short months.

In the beginning, Henry was convinced Clare was a mentally insane but Clare, who believed that they were destined to be together kept on telling and showing him evidence that she was not. Despite the fact that Henry could disappear anywhere and anytime for god knowns how long, Clare continues to desperately try and build a life with her one true love.

The story jumps and shifts with Henry, and every time he returns to the original place he would be shocked by how long he has been gone for. At times, he could have been gone for months though it may have only felt like days to him.

A little later down the story, Clare and Henry gets married. However, their wish to create a family of their own was not as easy as it would be for others because of the genetic anomaly Henry may pass on to his unborn. After six miscarriages Henry wished to safe Clare from more pain he has a vasectomy. Though it seemed like the best plan to Henry, Clare was very upset by his decision and storms out one night. While she was sat in her car, an old version of Henry comes and visits her. The old version of Henry and her made love and she became pregnant. She then later successfully gave birth to their daughter, Alba. What they feared most has happened, Alba carried similar genes with Henry that caused her to shift within the timeline. However, unlike Henry, she has power over when she shifts and her destination.

Due to an unfortunate accident, Henry dies at the age of forty-three. Clare who was devastated by Henry’s death had completely broken down. The only thing that kept her going was the letter she found shortly after his death. In the letter, Henry tells Clare to ‘stop waiting’ for him but describes a time in the future where she’ll see him again.

With a fairy tale like ending in the last chapter, when Clare is eighty-two, Henry who was forty-three meets again in the place they first met; the clearing near Clare’s family home. She waited, as she did most her life, for her one true love. Though she wasn’t even sure if he’d ever show up.

This book is a classic with a twist. I really enjoyed reading this as I really enjoyed seeing Henry shift around within the timeline, but always manage to find his way back to Clare. His soul-mate. It is a truly touching and inspiring book.

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5 comments to January 15th DEAR Journal

  • Marilia

    great post jaz 😉 Make sure to write what kind of readers would enjoy this book. But apart from that, awesome .

  • Leo Rodriguez

    I enjoy the fact that it is very lengthy, it adds description to the entry. You also followed the right steps to compsing a DEAR entry.

  • Kaitlin

    Great post with all the components a DEAR entry needs. Just make sure to add who you would recommend the book to.

  • Raina Cheung

    Your post contains a lot of information but don’t forget to add the target audience and maybe more reasons of why you enjoyed reading this book 🙂

  • Daniel Lee

    Great post, you’ve added details to your journal entry, but you forgot to write the target audience. I like how you described everything from the book and managed to compress into a blog post. But please… don’t spoil the ending.

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