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The Think Write Thursday topic for April 6, 2017 is to tell us about a book you wish you could read again for the first time.
You know, I picked the topic for this week and it seemed like a great idea at the time. Now that I’m sitting down to actually write this post, though, I’m thinking whaaaaaat? How do I pick just one single book that I wish I could read again for the first time. I mean, there are so many that I’ve loved and re-read. But I guess, despite my thoughts about The Sparrow and The Red Tent and Little Women and Pride & Prejudice, I’m going to have to go with The Time Traveler’s Wife.
The reason I wish I could read it again for the first time is because then I could remain hopeful and happy. I wouldn’t know the pain that is coming, I wouldn’t know the ending, I would just enjoy and revel in the beautiful romance of Henry and Clare. There is so much I loved about this book, not just the love story part but also the science and time travel, the music and art and culture, the quiet ordinary lives that Henry and Clare wanted to lead. And he’s a librarian. A hot librarian. There’s just so much to love about the story (except for those bad parts) and, while I assume everyone has read it by now, I don’t want to give anything away so that’s all I’ll say about that. Of course, as I recall, there is a lot of foreshadowing in the book and I’m pretty sure I figured out early on that it wasn’t going to be a happily-ever-after kind of story but still – if I could read it again for the first time I could experience it all again, pain and joy and all, without knowing for sure what was headed their way.
The whole concept of not wanting to know how it’s going to turn out feels a lot like life, doesn’t it? I mean, we get a puppy or a kitten and we know we’ll most likely outlive it. But we do it anyway because pets make our lives better. We have children knowing that they will bring joy, but also angst, into our lives. We open ourselves up to pain and loss on a daily basis because we take chances and we fall in love and we make friends and take risks and really, life wouldn’t be worth much if we didn’t.
You know who said this better than me? Audrey Niffenegger in The Time Traveler’s Wife: “Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”
Yes, I suppose I do. So long as I don’t see the sad parts coming.
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