Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Awesome Librarians #3: Henry DeTamble in The Time Traveler's Wife

Henry DeTamble is a 'angular, wild-eyed 6'1" ten-year-old Egon Schiele look-alike. He reads extensively and some of the books on his shelf include: 'Donne's Elegies and Songs and Sonnets. Doctor Faustus, by Christopher Marlowe. Naked Lunch. Anne Bradstreet, Immanuel Kant. Barthes, Focualt, Derrida. Blake's Songs of Innocence and Experience. Winnie The Pooh. The Annotated Alice. Heidegger. Rilke. Tristram Shandy. Wisconsin Death Trip. Aristotle. Bishop Berkley. Andrew Marvell. Hypothermia, Frostbite and Other Cold Injuries.' His apartment is filled with books, in shelves and stacked on the floor.

Henry loves punk rock. He loves museums. On his fifth birthday, he visited the museum after hours with his older self who gave him a tour. He was fascinated by all the sites and especially by a huge illustrated dictionary of birds locked away in a big case. Because as well as being a librarian and a very interesting person who I would love to be friends with, Henry is a time traveller.

Unfortunately this does cause some problems with his job, when he sometimes disappears randomly during work, or reappears, naked. Henry is a fascinating character, probably one of my favourites along with Weetzie Bat. Of course, I also love Clare. They are fascinating and intelligent people who very much inspire me.

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