The Traveler’s Wife
page. 76 “What’s the opposite of determinism?”
This novel speaks greatly of how love for each other should be devoted, against all odds, even time. The story exposes the delicate connection of time and love, beautifully woven, some parts were boring (that’s normal, right?) and it demands interpretation like this one chosen quote by Emily Dickson mentioned in the book “The heart asks pleasure first; and then excuse from pain.”
My favorite parts:
I. Henry and Claire’s wedding.
II. when Clare’s finally pregnant after 6 miscarriages
III. when she gave birth (I cried)
IV. their regular family moments like breakfast time.
V. When Henry who could visit the past and the future brought a winning lottery ticket and they as expected bought a big house because he wants his wife to have a “bigger” studio to pursue her passion in creating artworks and that is the only advantage of having his condition termed as “Chrono Diplaced Person” and I don’t wish to have that genetic problem though it’s kind of exciting. I don’t want the love of my life waiting for me in vain (nakss waiting in vain by Bob Marley) and then suddenly appear naked (hah)
As mentioned from my previous post (like somebody’s even reading it except ME lol) I just picked this book from my first visit at “The last bookstore” even though it exceeded the price which I told myself to spend (I break my own rule, need I say more?hehe) ahhhh Heaven, thank you because it was so WORTH it. This is the first book of Audrey Niffenegger- what a great, talented, prolific mind. I obviously admire her work of art.
This is NOT your ordinary, repeatedly or cliche type of love and life story and I have to remind myself at least after reading 5 pages of it that it’s not REAL hey you! It’s a fiction thing because she, the author kind of made me convinced that the main character’s medical or strange problem is for REAL. The first part was “hey what are you talking about?” and will make you want an OREO and Ovaltine haha she mentioned those and keeps mentioning foods like “They ordered TOM KHA KAI and GANG MUSSAMAN….” Hmmnn whatever that is I have no idea :) oh wait let me check if it’s tagged on instgrm hehe. There you go! tom kha kai is a soup and there’s 908 posts as of September 5, 2014 Friday 1:46 PM. How about Gang Mussaman? say what? NO RESULT on instrgam, so let me google it sister, there you go it’s a Thai recipe. Now I know what to order when I go to a Thai restaurant. Coffee is also a favorite drink here, yay to coffee lovers like me and so I’m assuming that the creative author is in love with coffee too (nakks)
The story reminded me of the following:
i. What is meant to be will happen, everything needs the so-called “perfect timing” and then I remember this, “timing, sometimes is a bitch”
ii. Waiting is loneliness but it’s worth it.
in connection to number 3 haha.
iii. The song “worth it” by Francesca Battistelli
here’s the lyrics :)
Love’s not a feeling, love‘s not convenient
But I know love can change your life
Love takes sacrifice, love cuts like a knife
Sometimes love will make you cry
Love‘s not easy but it’s worth it
Love is a hunger, but love won’t leave you empty
See it’s a language of the heart
Love can steal your pride, but love won’t let you ride
It takes everything you’ve got
Love‘s not easy but it’s worth it
What you gonna do when the bottom falls out
And you’re left with nothing
But your fear and your doubt to hold you, hold you?
Where you’re gonna run when it’s all on the line
And you’re looking for someone
To save your life, to save your life?
Love can hear you, love can heal you
If you let it inside, oh, remember now
Love’s not easy but it’s worth it.
I’m sorry if this is turning out as love bug kind of post.hehe.
iv. 1 Corinthians 13. Verse 4- Love is patient, Love is kind. It doesn’t envy, it doesn’t boast, it isn’t proud. Verse 7 it always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.
So,let me end this by quoting a part of Henry’s love letter to his wife.
“We will see each other again, Clare. Until then, live, fully, present in the world, which is so beautiful. It’s dark now, and I am very tired. I love you, always. TIME is nothing.
and on page 536 Monday, July 14, 2053 ( Clare is 82 years old)
I sometimes wonder if this readiness, this expectation, prevents the miracle from happening. But I have no choice. He is coming, and I am here.
ahhhhh Love always hopes, always perseveres.
happy reading ppl.
Check the movie trailer or the movie itself of this book :) as for me, I’ll wait for it to be available on netflix haha. Patience, Henry whispered.