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Book Club June Meeting

posted Jun 5, 2011, 3:14 PM by Deirdre Coghlan
Hello ladies
I hope you have enjoyed/are enjoying/ will enjoy  The Time Traveller's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger,
which is our book choice this month.
I look forward to seeing you at the Restaurant Gemelli (behind the new theatre)
on Tuesday June 7th at 7.30. I’ll be booking a table in the name of “bookclub” (or “les livres” if they can’t cope with
that). I hope we can get the good table in the corner with the high stools. 
It would be really helpful with the
reservation if you could send me a mail by Sunday lunchtime, June 5th if you’re coming.

This book is obviously a
popular choice for bookclubs, if you're interested you may want to think about the following questions which I found on
the internet:
•  In The Time Traveler's Wife, the characters meet each other at various times during their lifetime.
How does the author keep all the timelines in order and "on time"?
•  Although Henry does the time traveling, Clare is
equally impacted. How does she cope with his journeys and does she ultimately accept them?
•  How does the writer
introduce the reader to the concept of time travel as a realistic occurrence? Does she succeed?
•  Henry's life is
disrupted on multiple levels by spontaneous time travel. How does his career as a librarian offset his tumultuous
disappearances? Why does that job appeal to Henry?
•  Henry and Clare know each other for years before they fall in
love as adults. How does Clare cope with the knowledge that at a young age she knows that Henry is the man she will
eventually marry?
•  The Time Traveler's Wife is ultimately an enduring love story. What trials and tribulations do
Henry and Clare face that are the same as or different from other "normal" relationships?
•  How does their desire for
a child affect their relationship?
•  The book is told from both Henry and Clare's perspectives. What does this add to
the story?
•  Do you think the ending of the novel is satisfactory?
•  Though history there have been dozens of mediums
used for time travel in literature. Please cite examples and compare The Time Traveler's Wife to the ones with which
you are familiar

There are also a lot of sites about the author, for example you can read an interview about this book
on:
http://contemporarylit.about.com/cs/authorinterviews/a/niffenegger.htm

Looking forward to seeing you next week,
Best

Christine Haydon
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