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The Time Traveler's Wife

The Time Traveler's Wife

  

by Audrey Niffenegger

Analysis: What's Up With the Title?

The title "The Time Traveler's Wife" suggests that Clare is the main character in the story. Yet the narration seems to devote equal attention to Clare and Henry. What speaks for the book as being mainly Clare's story, however, is that the narration follows her chronological timeline, which is also the reader's timeline. Her life proceeds in a linear fashion like ours and gives us a context from which to view the often-confusing jumps. The bonus to readers is that we get to experience Clare's struggle with waiting for Henry but also go along for the ride of Henry's excursions. After all, as Audrey Niffenegger suggested in an interview, Henry's life is more exciting!

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