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Friday, March 25, 2005

This book is not just about sex, honest.

I just finished "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger last night (yes, it made me cry), and I feel compelled to share another quote from a sex scene. I guess all the background you need to know is that a fellow named Henry (narrating) has just started doing something nice to a woman named Clare:

"In the next fifteen minutes I take Clare several steps down the evolutionary ladder until she's pretty much a limbic core with a few cerebral cortex perepherals."

Again, I ask you, hot or not?

To be honest, this one had me yucking it up more than the Amusement Park sentence did, maybe because I pictured Henry licking a rapidly-devolving creature that eventually resembles a sea squirt. Nice, huh? This sentence is part of an otherwise quite romantic and sexy scene.

3-31-05, Edited to add:

Okay, now I feel like I've done this book a major disservice by throwing its two oddest sex scene lines at you. No, really -- it's good. This review by Michael Farrelly sums up what I liked about the novel without giving any serious spoilers:

"It is rare that lovers are portrayed well. Often the simple tropes of endless romance and infatuation override the reality of love. Love is about stolen covers and sex to end arguments. Love is about the smell of your lover’s hair after she showers. Simple wonderful things that will make you ache inside when you realize you can’t have them because of distance or circumstance. What Henry misses on his jaunts through time is waking up next to his wife, making love on sunday mornings, the way she looks deep in thought, the horror of her cooking. Henry is a fantastic entity, but he is humanized by his love for Clare."


  • At 11:22 PM, Blogger Benevolist said…


  • At 12:55 AM, Blogger Kate said…

    Is that a "Yes, I liked it," then, Luke?

  • At 10:49 AM, Blogger Khavren said…

    The book might not be about sex, but it seems all that is worth commenting on is the sex in it. :)

  • At 3:06 PM, Blogger Kate said…

    Khavren, much in this book would be worth commenting on, that is, if I was a jerk and revealed a bunch of spoilers. But I hope that the people I know will perhaps read it, so all you're going to get are funny little irrelevancies.


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