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The Traveller's Wife by Mind Map: The Traveller's Wife
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The Traveller's Wife

"It's hard being left behind. I wait for Henry, not knowing where he is, wondering if he's okay. It's hard to be the one who stays." —Clare

"Why Should I Care?"

'SEIZE THE DAY'

Genre

Some categorize it as science fiction, others as a romance. Niffenegger herself is reluctant to label the novel, saying she "never thought of it as science fiction, even though it has a science-fiction premise". In Niffenegger's view, the story is primarily about Henry and Clare's relationship and the struggles they endure. She has said that she based Clare and Henry's romance on the "cerebral coupling" of Dorothy Sayers' characters Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. As critic Marc Mohan describes, the novel "uses time travel as a metaphor to explain how two people can feel as if they've known each other their entire lives".  

Science fiction

Romantic

Time travel stories

SUMMARY

The Beginning of the couple's meetings

Their relationship and wedding

Their having a child

Their last meeting ?

On New Year's Eve 2006 Henry time travels into the middle of the Michigan woods in 1984 and is accidentally shot by Clare's brother. Henry returns to the present and dies in Clare's arms.

Henry's death - or not?

Themes

Life

Love

Death

Travel

Sex

Reception

USA

Britain

15 countries

Niffenegger's second novel: "Her Fearful Symmetry"

Composition

Clare is NOT a self-portrait

Her parents' marriage as an inspiration

A metaphor of her own love affairs