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The Immortalists di Chloe Benjamin
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The Immortalists (originale 2018; edizione 2019)

di Chloe Benjamin (Autore)

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It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.… (altro)
Utente:lyndavaughan
Titolo:The Immortalists
Autori:Chloe Benjamin (Autore)
Info:G.P. Putnam's Sons (2019), Edition: Reprint, 368 pages
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The Immortalists di Chloe Benjamin (2018)

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The author clearly spent considerable time on research. This Immortalists is essentially four stories in one book, each with its own distinct character with their own individual career. From magic to biology, dance to medicine, the author has done her homework to portray realism in each character's section.

Sure, it's not a page-turner to keep you awake at night wondering what will happen next. But it's a clever book based upon an interesting premise.

Personally I'd like to have had more of the supernatural aspect but there was a good amount nonetheless, and even some ghostly presence to satisfy people who, like me, chose the book based on its future-seeing premise.

Having enjoyed this author's work in The Immortalists, I'll be keen to read her other books.

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  joweirqt | Jan 15, 2021 |
This book was a trip. It had me thinking... How would you live if you knew when you were going to die? And would it make a difference? Such an interesting read and well put together. ( )
  Alli_Kelsey | Jan 4, 2021 |
I fully expected to not like this book. It was so incredibly hyped that I thought there was no way it would live up to it. And the very first opening page turned me off completely. I read the bulk of this on a flight between DC and Albuquerque, after finishing two other books. So I started this, and then the next thing I knew, the plane was preparing its descent and I had less than 100 pages to go. I ended up finishing the book that evening.

How would you live your life if you knew the day you would die? Benjamin crafted a thoughtful story that explores that question, and delves into quality vs. quantity of life. The four Gold siblings visit a psychic who tells them their death dates, which span from tragically young to old age. The book is divided up into sections focusing on each sibling, and after one's death, the narrative - like passing a baton - passes to the next sibling.

The story has that self-fulfilling prophecy paradox that makes my head hurt if I think too hard about, and that I so love. By knowing their death dates, that influences the actions of each of the siblings. Whereas if they hadn't known, then their lives would have gone off in a different course and would they still have died on those dates? Shades of Macbeth here!

The last section of the book was perfect, even though at the time, I didn't think it would be. But it really delves into the quality vs. quantity issue - yes, we can prolong how long we live, but is it a life worth living?

There were a few issues I had. First, the random throwaway sexual references which just seemed odd and out-of-place instead of edgy. The book opened - and this was the passage that made me think I'd hate the book - with a description of Varya's body post-puberty, complete with references to her breasts and her pubic hair. (Um... okay?)

Second, problematic portrayals of gypsies. Which I won't go into too much because it's a spoiler, but it's there and made me twitch. It threw me completely out of Daniel's story.

Review copy courtesy of the publisher via its First to Read program. ( )
  wisemetis | Dec 6, 2020 |
Four siblings go to a fortune-taller and learn the predicted date on which they will each die. The novel than goes through the story of each character sequentially to observe how they deal with this knowledge. One runs head first, one tries to conquer, one is angry and one uses science. Each also tries to connect or disconnect with their parentage and their Jewish heritage. As one of the siblings notes, Judaism has little to say about death and beyond, and their lack of hope (at least compared to a Christian faith) is apparent. I love how the author artfully plays with chronology, writing mostly linearly but artfully weaves in previous events and reflections to fill in gaps when she has jumped ahead for effect or plotline. The discussion about what it means to live, what it means to be mortal, and how we can or cannot deal with that knowledge is well encompassed in a book that is captivating both on its surface for its basic story and in its depths for its spiritual and psychological ponderings. Only the first section has any R-rated scenes, and they are not gratuitous.
This book would generate great discussion in a book club or among friends. ( )
  LDVoorberg | Nov 22, 2020 |
The four Gold children visit a psychic who they think is capable of telling them the day of their death. We follow the four children and learn how they deal with this knowledge. ( )
  janismack | Nov 16, 2020 |
Chloe Benjamin pulls this novel off almost as a series of four set-pieces, enriched by period detail from each era.
 
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It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children--four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness--sneak out to hear their fortunes. Their prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11, hoping to control fate; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality. The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

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