"CLARE: 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.
I keep myself busy. Time goes faster that way.
I go to sleep alone, and wake up alone. I take walks. I work until I’m tired. I watch the wind play with the trash that’s been under the snow all winter. Everything seems simple until you think about it. Why is love intensified by absence?
Long ago, men went to sea, and women waited for them, standing on the edge of the water, scanning the horizon for the tiny ship. Now I wait for Henry. He vanishes unwillingly, without warning. I wait for him. Each moment that I wait feels like a year, an eternity. Each moment is as slow and transparent as glass. Through each moment I can see infinite moments lined up, waiting. Why has he gone where I cannot follow?"
"HENRY: ...I hate to be where she is not, when she is not. And yet, I am always going, and she cannot follow."
The Time Traveler's Wife was not on my hunting list, but somehow I was torn between Wuthering Heights and Where Rainbows End that day. I really wanted to read Wuthering Heights, but the price is way beyond my budget. As for Where Rainbows End, well, I am not that fond for second choice. A tiny group of my neurons were thinking about getting Aida to watch The Time Traveler's Wife movie; and the next thing I realized was that I am searching for the book. [I bought Wuthering Heights too, but the one under the shadow of Twilight Saga’s promotion; labeled with: Bella & Edward’s Favorite Book - cheaper]
I did what I do best: flipping through the pages, and finally decided to read page 7 - First Date, One. Speeding up my reading, I skipped all Henry's and focused on Clare's [the Wife, ok]. I admit, it was confusing when there are two points of view, like reading The Host from Wanda's then from Mel's. The "click" in my head was when I hit the brake on page 12, and I decided to buy it.
I read the prologue later that evening, realizing what I am reading - it's about waiting. I read it over and over again; immersing into the story. I guess I will always end up reading this kind of books - books that represent strong emotions.
I am reading page 69 until I write this blog post. I came to understand that Henry is a sweet, loving, caring and smart guy [even as a small boy] - plus with confusions when he started to time travelled at the age of 5. As for Clare, well, she was made from titanium for surviving the longing and waiting. Both of them - a cute and great couple.
I have read the ending, so I am sure about that :D
P/S: On the cover of my book, there's a review saying: "Here's the next THE LOVELY BONES... A rare book". I agree on that. This is the 2nd LOVELY BONES, a book uniquely written and one of its kind.