The book is The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s about a guy who travels involuntarily back and forth through time, and the non-time-traveling woman who loves him. It’s obviously got elements of science fiction and romance, but it’s not either of those genres, unless we’re talking the most intelligent and artistic end of the spectrum. It’s really good and very touching; I recommend it. But I have a question about it, so I’m hoping someone here at the Dope will have read it as well and will be able to clear this up for me.
Throughout the book there’s only two Henrys at any one time – the Henry who travels back in time, and the Henry who’s actually living in the time he travels back to. But when Henry is shot in the meadow, he basically sees himself shot – a flash of white, the sound of a gun, blood on the ground where a person has disappered, and he knows that’s how he dies. Later we relive the scene through the “other” Henry as he is in fact shot and dies. But at that time of the shooting, Clare is 13. So Henry would be 22 and living somewhere else unaware of her because he doesn’t meet her until he’s 28 in his time. So if “in-time” Henry is out in the world somewhere else, and “out-of-time” Henry is getting shot, who is the observer Henry who sees the scene from under the tree?
I hope someone else has recently read this book, because this is bugging me.