Another book read.

So I have a friend who is a Rare Coin, and she lent me a copy of “The Time Traveler’s Wife” by Audrey Niffenegger.

I’m sorry for the pause, there. I had to take a really big breath to prepare myself to talk about this book.

First, let me say that I am horrified to learn that the book is being made in to a movie to be released this year (2009). There is absolutely no way that this book will not be ruined by being a movie.

Second, it’s been a really, really *really* long time since I’ve sobbed for the last 100 pages of a book.

Third, there’s a funny thing that happens, no matter how much you tell yourself you do not believe in coincidence or conspiracy theory. His Nibs said to me earlier today, “What book is this now that you’re reading?”
And I told him “It’s The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger.”
And he said, “But you’ve been talking about that other book, about the turtle.”
“It’s a tortoise,” I say, and I smile.
“Whatever. You really liked that one, didn’t you?”
And I say, “Yes, I did.”
And he says, “Are they kind of the same?”
And I say, “No, not at all. Well. Except for the following things:” This is where the really strange coincidence thing comes in. Do you have your tinfoil hat ready? WHAT? What do you MEAN you don’t have a tinfoil hat?
::Sigh::
Please send five dollars in the mail to cenobyte, c/o 2405 11th Avenue, Regina, SK, S4P 0K4, and I will send you by return post, a new tinfoil hat. Jeez.

ANYWAY. On to the conspiracy.

  • They are both First Novels
  • They are both about longevity, and the tricks that are played by the mind
  • They are both about a woman in her thirties, most of the time
  • Both are written by women
  • Both are published by Knopf (I read the hardcover version of both)
  • The main character in Come, Thou Tortoise is called Audrey Flowers. The author of The Time Traveler’s Wife is called Audrey Niffenegger.
  • “Niffenegger” means “Flowers” in Dutch.
  • In both stories, there is a fear of travel
  • I have read both books (okay, that’s not *technically* a coincidence, but I *did* read them simultaneously.

I preferred Come, Thou Tortoise, partly because it didn’t make me cry (it did make me sad, particularly at the beginning), and partly because the language was…well…more impressive. The writing was much more clever, much better. The Time Traveler’s Wife is an interesting story, told in an interesting way, but if I had only one 34-dollar-bill, I would purchase Come, Thou Tortoise, and not just because Jessica Grant is Canadian, although that helps.

Also, I will never, ever see the movie for The Time Traveler’s Wife. Never. It would suck. Even though the author is one of the writers for the screenplay, I shudder to think about all the stuff they will get wrong. And judging from the cast, they’ve already made pretty much every casting decision wrong. Which doesn’t surprise me.

  9 comments for “Another book read.

  1. brielle128
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    *sigh* I dare you…no I double dog dare you to read The Shack and NOT cry. Triple dare. You can’t…and not that crying isn’t all that bad, its the magic that comes from that crying that make it…ok shutting up now. does that tin foil hat address work if I send you a book too?

  2. neuba
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    I thoroughly enjoyed The Time Traveller’s Wife. And yes, I cried too. It was recommended to me by a friend who said it was an amazing book. I agree. I enjoyed the style it which it was read – and that probably a big part of what kept me ready. Generally, I do not like fiction like this, but this one just stole my heart.I did hear that there was a movie that was going to be made, and I would have to concur with you. Based on how the book is written, I am not sure it will translate very well to the big picture, without confusing a lot of people or butchering the story.Happy Easter Cenobyte!

  3. Der Kaptin
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Oh yeah, so what did you do? So it worked that time, when it never has before. Make me a liar, why not? I’m not doing a good enough job on my own.

    (Thanks, btw)

  4. der kaptin
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Ha, busted.

    So, when I try to sign off, I have to “select a profile.” When I do that, and enter “Der Kaptin” and post comment, it is “not accepted”. So what, I just don’t select a profile? Let’s try that….Nope, it says “please choose a profile” and if I select anything other than “anonymoose” it sez “ya right.”

  5. cenobyte
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Anonymous, I’m’a need more information than that to look at what’s going on with the comments; it does appear to be working for me….I changed the comments from a blogger submission form to an inline-bournal submission process.

    Anyhow, yes, I completely made that up about “Niffenegger” being Dutch for “Flowers”. But it pleases me that it’s taken three days for someone to mention it.

  6. Anonymous
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    All of my Dutch-English dictionaries indicate that “bloem” is Dutch for flower, which makes more sense. So are you confabulating, or is it a particular flower that Niffenegger refers to? The dreaded giant black sunflower of the Zuider Zee?

    For an interesting debate on the merits of The Shack, see http://pomomusings.com/2007/09/03/the-shack-a-review/

    On another point, what the hell is going on with this comment submission process? Does it really have to feel like I’m making an online application to have my name removed from the SISSIES files just to leave a comment?

  7. penlan
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    So, if I sent $5 to the address in this post would I REALLY get a tinfoil hat? And I’m serious. Thing is I doubt you’d put your real address online – but I could be wrong. :)

  8. cenobyte
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Which is to say, I am often at that address; it’s just not my home address.

  9. cenobyte
    2 February 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Penlan – yes. But it’s not really my real address.

i make squee noises when you tell me stuff.

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