christian kennedy, January 13, 2010 (view all comments by christian kennedy)
Never have I been picked up, engulfed and transported through an adventure such as this. From the moment I read the opening lines on the first page, "There he is, three days after his fifth birthday, standing barefoot upon wet summer grass. He is staring at the house where he lives: the great good Irish place of whitewashed walls, long and low, with a dark slate room glistening in the morning drizzle." I knew I was in for a journey from which I would not rush to return. Pete Hamill is a well consumed writer of epic proportion and style, a masterpiece storyteller...he guides you through countries, cities, eras and the lives of his characters themselves in a way that will leave you warmly satisfied and then quickly thirsting for more. I swear, if you were at a wake and Mr. Hamill was to attend he could breathe life back into the corpse itself and start it dancing. Truly, who needs to go to the movies when you can slip away and escape into a moving portrait of words such as this?
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Stacers1973, January 23, 2008 (view all comments by Stacers1973)
One of my all time favorites. This *forever* has a place in my permanent collection. I am not usually too much into history, especially when it includes war, but the character flow brought every thing together for me in a vivid and interesting way. I really wanted to know where Cormac went and how he ended up. Gave a rich, detailed history of Manhattan and one man's really long life there.
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Cormac O'Connor, who arrives in New York City from Ireland in 1741, has been given the gift of immortality — but only on the condition that he never leave the island of Manhattan. Through his eyes, this magical epic follows the city's transformation from a burgeoning settlement to the thriving metropolis of the present day. But this is also Cormac's story as he explores the mysteries of time and immortality, death and loss, sex and love.
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