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BOOK CLUB: Why wait?


I was shocked that Clare waited for Henry until she was 82! I know he's really the only man she loved and had known him for so long, but it just seemed odd to me. I guess the author was going on the thought of true love and soul mates - but can't we have more than one? Why, with a child and her being so dependent on Henry, would she not want to have another husband? I was also surprised that she didn't want Alba to try things so she wouldn't time travel. Couldn't Clare see how much Henry hated it and wanted a normal life? He was willing to be sick and try anything for that and he so desperately wanted his daughter to have the normal life that he couldn't. I think that with the discoveries he and Kendrick made, they could have given that to her. I know the book would have been completely different with all these changes (and am happy with how it ended). Just putting these thought out there ;)
Jun 12, 2009 @ 10:26 pm

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I think...

Clare has loved Henry for so long that perhaps no one can measure up to him. Maybe she has tried to get to know other men but nothing worked out because she knew in her heart that there can be no one else. Sometimes people are happy with the memories and they rather live with memories than try new things because they are afraid to try new things.

Creamsicle, you made a good point about Alba. I think with the treatment and the fact that Alba is a more advanced time traveler, she will be able to have more control over time traveling and her life would not be as terrible as Henry's. For her, it may even be possible that time travel will be an advantage. I think Alba should be at least given the chance to choose for herself whether she wants the treatment or not. From what we've learned about Alba in the book, I think she's quite intelligent even at a very young age.

From a parent's perspective, perhaps Clare doesn't want Alba to be a guinea pig for their experiment. But I think her decision to reject Alba's treatment is mostly based on her own needs. She loved Henry so much and time traveling has played such a large part of their lives that she may not see time traveling as a disadvantage. Maybe she feels the only way for her to preserve Henry's memories is to have Alba to be exactly the same as Henry. Also, time traveling will allow Alba to get to know Henry and Clare can still have Henry in her life indirectly through Alba. She's holding onto Henry in a weird way and without realizing it, her determination may have a negative affect on Alba's life.
Jun 13, 2009 @ 01:15 am

great point!

I too wondered why Clare didn't try to have another relationship, although the awkwardness of knowing that Henry was "out there somewhere" and she'd see him again - not exactly closure. I wonder if a new relationship would have even been possible for her?

I think Alba's situation solidly falls in the blessing/curse department. Yes, she's precocious and very mature for her age, and yet...

Great discussion point!
Jun 13, 2009 @ 10:00 am


I would like to think Claire did have relationships after Henry's death, but may not have been serious enough. Also, I think the author didn't want to steer away from Henry & Claire's love affair. Like they say, true love never dies and I think thats why Claire was still waiting for him after all these days.

I mentioned in the other thread, Alba's time traveling abilities doesn't cripple her life because she has a better handle at it. You would think Claire is being self fish for not approving Alba's treatment, but I think we would all feel differently if we were in her shoes.
Jun 14, 2009 @ 12:43 pm

she couldnt help it

Maybe claire didn’t have a choice… if she loved henry, she loved henry. And after someone like that, everyone else would pale in comparison.

Jun 16, 2009 @ 01:41 pm

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