|Reward for a Cat-Sitter: The Time-Traveler's Wife
||[Aug. 26th, 2006|04:39 pm]
I've been looking in on a friend's cat this past week, cleaning out the litter, filling up the food and water bowls and getting down on my hands and knees to make sure the feline's eyes are gleaming at me from beneath the couch.
In an email after he'd left town, he suggested I borrow his copy of new writer Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. Though it is not, as Steve suggested, "the best Sci-Fi book ever written", it is a hell of a good read, and one of the most unusual science fiction novels I've come across in a long time.
Told from the points of view of Henry DeTamble and his wife, Clare Abshire, this writer manages to brilliantly jump from one view-point to the other - and from one point in time to another and another - all the while advancing the tragic narrative with a master's control of the writer's craft.
This is a time travel story like none other, and all of you should rush out to your local independent bookstore and pick it up. It's a moving, complex and very human piece of work.