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The Time Traveler's Wife - Did anyone LIKE the character Gomez???

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Gomez was quite a sleazy character as far as I was concerned. Always after Clare, obviously in love with her, but marrying her best friend. And trying to be Henry's friend, too, while lusting after his wife! He was the type of guy who gives men a bad name! Did he have any redeeming qualities?

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I don't think so....! I agree, he was a horrible slimy character who was just out to take advantage of Henry and Claire's situation. I have no idea why he married Candace while still lusting after Claire, although I suppose if he'd accepted he couldn't have her he can hardly just be celibate the rest of his life....?! Problem was he never really seemed to accept that he couldn't have Claire. It was almost as if he was hanging around, knowing that the whole Henry/Claire thing was bound to end in tears eventually and maybe he'd have a chance!

 

Nasty nasty man.....what do you think his character brought to the plot? I'm not sure if he brought anything, other than showing how vulnerable Henry's unpredictability made Claire.

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Ok he was sleazy, but I think apart from Clare, he was the only other constant in Henry's life. He helped Henry survive. I like to think that his motives weren't just to ingratiate himself with Clare, I think that is unlikely with how the rest of his character is portrayed. The scene with Gomez just before Henry's death, I think shows what Henry and Gomez meant to each other.

 

I am trying to think if there were any characters that I didn't like. I think they all had some redeeming qualities. Even Ingrid, who originally seemed to be very odd.

 

Everyone was portrayed in a very human manner.

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Gomez was one of the few people in a book I've genuinely felt a burning need to punch in the neck. I suppose you could say that makes him some kind of triumph of three-dimensional characterisation.

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I'm kind of in two minds about Gomez on the one hand I think he was a bit relentless in his need for Clare but on the other I think he truly did adore Henry, I think he was a bit stuck he wanted to hate Henry and to try and get him away from Clare, but then he got too befriend Henry and they became good friends, it seemed he was been pulled all over the place, his feelings for Clare, his feelings for Henry and his feelings for his wife and kids all seemed to be pulling at his heart strings!! I kind of just ended up feeling sorry for him at the end of the book!!!

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Well, I quite like the character Gomez so far. I'm about 2/3 the way through (yes, waaay behind with the March book group discussion but what the hell) and so far he is my only hope of something of interest actually happening in this tale.

Please tell me that something does happen? Or at least something - anything - of interest that is not just an offering on the alter of looooovvvvvee?

 

I'm going to keep reading it because it is indeed compelling but I have a horrible feeling that I will feel empty and used afterwards.

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I liked Gomez pretty much, I guess I thought he was wrong when

 

he tried to sleep with Clare after Henry died

 

 

but sometimes you fall in love with the wrong person - I'm sure numerous of us have done that, and its made only worse by you knowing its the wrong person.

We know that he is a caring person, he is one of those lawyers who works for poor people rather than coining it. He also must be in love with Charisse (it always bugged me I had know idea how to say her name :mad: . And she must have loved him loads to stay with him knowing he was in love with her best-mate, I assume she doesn't ever know he and Clare slept with each other in College.

 

Gomez also helps Henry out a lot.

I didn't like Ceilia, she purposefully tried to make her friend upset by bringing Clare to her, and I didn't like Ingrid much till the end when its clear she understands much more about the Henry situation than Henry

 

ie. she gets that it is Alba and Henry is her dad

 

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Charisse (it always bugged me I had know idea how to say her name :mad:

I always thought it was pronounced Char as in Charlotte (Shar?) and isse as in the end of piece?

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I always thought it was pronounced Char as in Charlotte (Shar?) and isse as in the end of piece?
:yup: The name is of Greek origin and they pronounce it exactly that way (maybe a little shorter than you would pronounce piece but still as light).

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Gomez is definitely sleazy, but Claire is just as bad. Charisse is suppose to be her best friend and she sleeps with Gomez twice with apparently no remorse about doing so and any regards for her feelings. We know Charisse is deeply disturbed by Gomez and Claire's relationship but is nothing but an incredible friend to her. I was shocked when the book ended that there was no regret expressed by Claire for her treatment of her 'best friend'.

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