Sunday, September 24, 2006

Crying Your Eyes Out -- in a good way!

Mikaela says:
I think I'm among the last middle-class white women in America not to have read The Time Traveler's Wife. A good friend gave it to me forever ago, but ... confession time ... I didn't like the cover. I know, I know. But I'm judgmental! I can't help it.

I finally picked it up in shame after another lady reader mentioned just having read it (hi, Lisa!). One paragraph in, I was hooked. Holy cow, what a good book. Beautifully written and fascinating, this thing is crack cocaine to women interested in love, life, meaning, and time.

I spent Saturday morning in bed finishing the book, and when my love interest came home from knocking on doors for a political campaign, he was confronted by the horrors of a woman left alone to cry -- for hours. Face puffy, voice hoarse from feel-good, unrestrained moaning and sobbing, I must have frightened him half to death (hmmm... anyone guess what time of month it is for me?). Fortunately, as he told me later, "How refreshing to see a woman cry and know I'm NOT the cause." He thought I was pretty cute, snot rags and all. Ahhhhh....

But seriously, folks, this one's not to be missed. I'm not sure what a guy would make of the whole thing. It's written by a woman, hence (in my mind) most of the poetry in the telling and the equal emphasis on man's and woman's voice in the novel. I think certain sensitive men might totally get off on the sci-fi aspect of the time traveling (handled effortlessly, by the way). Who knows. Who cares! This one may be just for the girls, but holy shit! Was it ever a good read.


Blogger Klagan said...

I recieved my copy of the book as a gift from a male friend, who said it was the best book he'd read for a very, very long time.
I belive it's a book to be read by anyone who loves reading..

4:57 AM  
Blogger mjae said...


Thanks for the insight. Maybe we're all coming closer together. Wouldn't that be GREAT?

Gender unity through fantastic literature.

8:27 AM  

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