From your summary, you are so right about the Jim Carey-ness of it all. And I haven't even read the book!
I don't often feel I've wasted my time reading a book, but- well- I guess I got an LJ post out of it.
Yay! Someone who affirms my opinion. I did NOT like this book. (I also remembered their child as a daughter, but as I say I didn't like the book.) You can bet if they make a movie of it, it will be well received - it's just the kind of pap that most people seem to love.
I like the Outlander books, when it comes to time travel. They aren't historically accurate, but they're fun, even if my Scot professor refers to one of the main characters as 'Jamie with the Laughing Thighs'.
You're right; the child is a girl; the "he" refers to the Time traveller; I guess I'd better go back in and make that clear :)
My favourite time travelling fiction is Michael Moorcock's Dancers At The End Of Time.
I"ll have to look that up, thanks!
That's a good one - JWLT, hmmm I stopped ready when they switched location to Virginia but wallowed in the Scottish episodes.
For reasons I couldn't fathom I've been avoiding the The Time Traveller's Wife. Now I see my presentiments have been accurate. Thank you for saving me from wasting time and money.
Actually, he called him 'Jamie with the rollicking thighs' but I couldn't go back in and change it. I've continued reading because I want to follow the saga to the end. And I'm very glad you avoided the Time Traveller's Wife.
At least I didn't spend any money on it. My copy was a hand-me-down from my sister.
Thanks for the review--I'll pass on it, then. I keep seeing it in the library.
I'm reading a book that's so darkly witty, and it keeps reminding me of your style. I'm laughing out loud reading it--Mark Haddon's A Spot of Bother, about (loosely) a rather delicately balanced, hypochondriacal middle-aged Londoner:
Here's a quote:
"He was going to die.
"Maybe not this month. Maybge not this year. But somehow, at some time, in a manner and at a speed very much not of his choosing....
"With blinding clarity he realized that everyone was frolicking in a summer meadow surrounded by a dark and impenetrable forest, waiting for that grim day on which they were dragged into the dark beyond the trees and individually butchered.
"...Unaccountably he was now on all fours between the armchair and the television, rocking back and forth, attempting to comfort himself by making the sound of a cow."
That sounds like fun. I believe I've heard of Haddon. I must look him up.
Right now I think I need to go back to Balzac to cleanse my palate.
Only yesterday I was discussing Jim Carrey with coworkers, how I didn't much care for his brand of comedy, and his turns at drama even less. It's like Forrest Gump with three pounds of sugar dumped on it.
Haven't read the book, though. ;)
I liked The Truman Show. I might have liked it even more if someone other than Carrey had played the central role.
I thought that was deftly portrayed--I also liked that movie a LOT.
It's a good movie.
And it seems a lot less far-fetched now than it did when it first came out.
Jim Carrey = Forrest Gump on a mega sugar high - excellent image.
"Criminal Minds" had almost the same story line last night!
I'm not really surprised. There's nothing very original about the idea.
Oh, thank god, someone else who didn't like that book. It did not deserve the accolades it was getting.
I'm amazed at how many people agree. I was thinking I'd get a lot of grief for this post.
2008-07-17 05:34 pm (UTC)
I *loved* the book and found it totally compelling.
Don't really want to see it made into a movie, I don't think. It would get hung up on special effects.
2008-07-17 06:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Contrarian vote
I knew someone would leap to its defence.
It's well written and very skillfully put together- I'll grant you that. :)
I feel less bad about never getting around to reading this book. The most interesting recommendation I have ever heard is that it can be taken as a version of Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane, with time travel standing in for shellshock, but if so I think Dorothy Sayers is going to be haunting the author.
I like that description and- yes- there's something to it.
I haven't read it, but I could tell it was unlikely to be too good when it made it onto Richard and Judy's book list. Or was it Oprah's? Either way, once a book appears on one of those it's the kiss of death for it as far as I'm concerned.
Verdict: one to miss. Glad to have seen this though, in order to triply confirm that it should be avoided. Life's too short.
I thought it had already come out, with Denzel Washington, but I'm remembering another flop about somebody's wife.
The synopsis I read sounded like an interesting idea, like poking around at a life from all the odd angles and such, but alas, they chose to play it safe..
I think it's due out later this year.
Yes, it's an interesting idea- that's why I wanted to read it.
2008-07-20 01:50 pm (UTC)
Aw, i loved that book. It was so lovely. oh well never mind!
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