The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Nifenegger – Book Review

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Having been a science fiction and fantasy book lover since I discovered Ursula K. LeGuin and Doris Lessing in the late 70ies, at a time when ….. it has been fun to watch Scifi and Fantasy concepts make it into main stream books and movies.

A first wave was the Harry Potter series, which ended up being the most successful series of books ever sold in the world. “As of June 2008, the book series has sold more than 400 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages, and the last four books have consecutively set records as the fastest-selling books in history.” as quoted from Wikipedia’s “Harry Potter” entry.

.A second wave were the 11 Oscars the third movie of The Lord of The Rings series The Return of the King was able to win in 2003.”Released on 17 December 2003, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King became one of the most critically acclaimed films and greatest box-office successes of all time. It won all eleven Academy Awards it was nominated for, which ties it with only Titanic and Ben-Hur for most Academy Awards ever won. It also won the Academy Award for Best Picture, the only time in history a fantasy film has done so.” Quoted from Wikipedia’s “Return of the King” entry.

Now there is another interesting example of SciFi concept making it in a mainstream novel: Audrey Nifenegger’s 2003 bestseller “The Time Traveler’s Wife” takes time travel is not a SciFi or fantasy novel, yet its basic premise is that of a man time traveling through 560 pages. So far the subject of time traveling was not a subject for literary …

What moved time traveling into a mainstream worthy subject is very simple. Instead of

treating it as a scientifically implausible but nevertheless interesting subject, Nifenegger turned time traveling into a genetic disease. It is introduced in this novel fully equipped with human genome lingo, specialized doctors, and medical procedures exploring a genetically mutating individual and its cahllenges.

All of a sudden, the subject of time travel is worthy

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