Reincarnation

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The ultimate historical romance: one love story unfolds over many centuries and many lives in this captivating page-turner from Suzanne Weyn.

From prehistory to the present, theirs was a love for the ages. It starts with a fight in a cave over an elusive green jewel . . . and then travels over time and lives to include Egyptian slaves, Greek temples, Massachusetts witch trials, Civil War battlefields, Paris on the eve of World War II, America in the 1960s . . . and a pair of ...

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Overview


The ultimate historical romance: one love story unfolds over many centuries and many lives in this captivating page-turner from Suzanne Weyn.

From prehistory to the present, theirs was a love for the ages. It starts with a fight in a cave over an elusive green jewel . . . and then travels over time and lives to include Egyptian slaves, Greek temples, Massachusetts witch trials, Civil War battlefields, Paris on the eve of World War II, America in the 1960s . . . and a pair of modern-day teenagers. For readers who believe that love is stronger than time or death, this is an unforgettable novel from a wonderful storyteller.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Readers with a romantic bent will be drawn to this story, which pushes the notion of eternal love to its limits: two spirits find each other again and again, at different moments in history. The cycle begins at the brink of civilization as a man and a woman from different clans scuffle over the possession of a valuable green stone. Their battle ends as their intertwined bodies tumble over a cliff toward death, whereupon the female character briefly describes the path her soul takes: "That part of me that is me at its center gives way. I am scattered, dispersed among the stars." Each subsequent episode recounts a similar pattern, with a green stone and a tragedy preventing the union of the couple. Weyn (The Bar Code Tattoo) keeps things interesting with bits of history about ancient Egypt, colonial America and 1937 Paris. However, the suspense diminishes as the outcome of each chapter becomes increasingly predictable. Readers (along with the ethereal hero and heroine) will breathe relief when the spirits find peace as a pair of contemporary high school students who meet in New York City's American Museum of Natural History-where they can tour the gem collections and get another perspective on mysterious green jewels. While this love ballad plays on a little too long, the inventive ending redeems it. Ages 12-up. (Jan.)

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Children's Literature - Uma Krishnaswami
From a prehistoric conflict over a gleaming green rock embedded in a cave wall, through repeating and echoing cycles and into the present time, this intricately plotted book is predicated on the birth and rebirth of a young couple playing out themes of affinity, tension and attraction, love and loss and guilt, over many lifetimes. Their lives cross and re-cross, genders occasionally switching, a pattern slowly but surely revealing itself. Always a green jewel appears, sometimes only fleetingly, often changing form as do the people whose lives it touches. As the story goes on, the jewel increasingly locates at the very heart of their relationship, and in the end it carries a symbolism both touchingly real and of immense cosmic significance. While the struggle in the cave provides the inciting incident, the Egyptian tale of Taharaq and Tetisheri is the one that grounds the reader, evoking sympathy for the pair and alerting us to the patterns of lives that are yet to emerge. In the process, Weyn makes subtle use in the story of shifts in thinking, from early worship of the Mother Goddess through patriarchal systems, mystical traditions, and the persecution of those seen as witches. Each era brings its own trials to the young people whose lives we follow, and it is to Weyn's credit that through its many voices, some heard so briefly they seem mere whispers, the narrative never loses its focus. Most of the historical contexts, from ancient Greece through the early Christian Era and beyond, are sparingly and accurately sketched. Only "Peshawar" and "Pakistan" seem anachronistically named for 538 B.C. The characters are tellingly drawn throughout, with significant traits, desires, fears, andphysical attributes all lightly placed as threads connecting their successive lives. In all, Reincarnation is an engaging and intriguing exploration of a theme found all too rarely in young adult literature. Reviewer: Uma Krishnaswami
VOYA - Carlisle K. Webber
The concept of this book is enticing: Two souls, linked forever in love, move from body to body from the beginning of time to the present day. The souls carry some similar physical traits from body to body, but what ultimately links them are green gemstones, including emeralds and peridots. Throughout history, similar themes occur in the lives of those bodies inhabited by the souls. An early human woman resists the choice of marriage others have made for her, a quality that surfaces again in generations of independent women. Regardless of time or place, the two souls always meet and make a connection, even if they are unable to fully realize their love. The execution of this book does not live up to its premise. Although the reader can pick up subtle clues during the first half of the book that the stories and characters are entwined, it is not until the last third or so that he can see that the souls carry past human hosts' memories from body to body. Until this point, the book reads like a series of disjointed stories and letters. Because of the vignette style of storytelling, readers see little character development, but what is present is enough to show how the souls are destined to meet at points throughout history. Hopeless romantics and patient history buffs may enjoy this one. Reviewer: Carlisle K. Webber
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545013239
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,016,430
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.62 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Meet the Author


Suzanne Weyn has written many books for young adults including Distant Waves, Reincarnation, Empty, and Invisible World. She lives in New York, and you can find her at www.suzanneweynbooks.com.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2008

    What started out promising...turned out disappointing

    From the moment they first meet, this young man and woman have a powerful connection. But circumstance will not allow them to stay together a fight for a green jewel ends both of their lives. However, their bond is so strong that it surpasses the boundary between life and death and they continue to be born into new bodies until they can finally be together. Reincarnation is quite a unique story, and I have never quite read anything like it. Each story of these two lovers connects back to the previous ones in obvious ways, so it is easy to tell which character was reincarnated into which new character, although this was a little confusing when the girl became a guy. The easiest way for me to recognize who was who was with the details that carried over from setting to setting. For example, the main young woman always had a pet cat named Baby, a hurt ankle, and a great singing voice, and the main young man always had headaches and a skill in archery. I really enjoyed how all the characters were interconnected and also the various historical settings. A lot of research must have gone into this novel, and I am nearly positive that it is all accurate. The idea behind Reincarnation is a philosophical question, and Suzanne Weyn attacks it head on. I really liked how she incorporated many major religions, according to their region, and their views on death and the afterlife. However, I found it kind of ironic how the two lovers were never reincarnated as people in India, which is where the two main religions believing in reincarnation, Buddhism and Hinduism, originated. But this can be forgiven since the characters read many books on Buddhism in the novel. The ending of the story was bittersweet for me, because I did not feel that the story lived up to its full potential. Suzanne Weyn leaves a lot of the story up to interpretation, which is good for making the reader think about the concept of reincarnation, but it did not leave me with a sense that the young lovers would stay together in love for all of eternity. The one redeeming point was how the other two characters that are also reincarnated get together. All in all, I was a little disappointed with Reincarnation, but it was a beautiful story nonetheless. I do recommend it, because it is a highly unique and thought-provoking read, and I hope that other readers will find it as sweet a love story as I did.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    I have read this story atleast 10 times!!!

    This book is awesome. Two souls, tragedy after tragedy. They get closer and closer together, going through ages of war and prejudice. From prehistory, to ancient egypt, to post-civil war south, to present day new york. As you read you also learn a bit about the history of the timeframes. But it is done so smoothly, that you barely notice. I recomend it to anyone.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2008

    Just like a Fanfiction I read before the book was written

    Check out pottergrl15's History Repeats Itself on fanfiction.net. It was written way before the book came out and it's almost like this book copied it. Everything from Egypt, France, Massachusetts, 1960s, a War, slaves, Greece/Rome and modern teens all happen in that fic. Sure the exact times that the book takes place don't all happen the same in the fic, but seriously France!? Massachusetts! It's almost like she read the fic and was inspired to write this book from it and not very well. At least the author of the fic changed things up every time they were reincarnated.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2009

    AWESOME AND FANTASTIC!

    this book was one of the best books I have ever read, and I loved reading about the main characters past lifes, it was very interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 20, 2009

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    Smarter Than Your Average Bear

    Some might think this glorious piece of literature to be confusing, and though for a slim portion I will concur. However, don't let lack of forethought cloud your vision for this novel. It's beautifully planned out and challenges the readers intellect that some fans of fiction find frustrating.

    The ending, if I may be so bold, is weak and hurried to the point of disappointment.

    Nonetheless one may find a sweet tenderness of the thought that the two protagonists love finally conquers human vanity (I use the term lightly as the fight over the precious green gem can be termed as greed or another deadly sin).

    Personal views aside. If you are a helpless romantic and believe that love can transcend even time then I strongly recommend this novel. I do ask that you give it a chance as it does require a bit more insight required by everyday fiction. It is titled Reincarnation afterall and one must understand that there are some things you just can't understand.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 27, 2009

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    Reincarnation: Fun to read but hard to understand

    I loved it, but the story line was confusing and hard to keep track of. I think people can relate to the story. It reminds me of the musical Aida.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2009

    Best Book Ever.

    For me anyway. It's been my favorite for a long while. I'm usually picky.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 19, 2008

    Amazing

    My friend introduced me to this book, and I wasn't so sure about it before I began it. I was immediately drawn into the novel, and didn't put it down! It's an easy read, but it is definitely a must read for anyone who loves cute romantic stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

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    So goodd. <3

    So goodd. &lt;3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    I absolutely abhore love stories but, I have bought this book th

    I absolutely abhore love stories but, I have bought this book three times(because somehow I seem to always lose it). It is truly a timeless tale!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Weird but good

    Where to start?Reading this book is indeed a challenge in itself. It requires heaps of concentration to comprehend it because throughout the book there are many different characters and settings. As soon as I found myself getting used to one story, the book changed to another.The book itself is basically many different stories being told about a man and a woman. It begins in prehistory. After the characters meet an untimely end, the story moves forward in time and the charcters are completely new. This makes it hard to keep track of.However hard it is to concentrate on, I still believe that this book is worthy of reading. The many plotlines are all told with wonderful attention to detail and awesome storytelling as a whole. The large amounts of characters are all engaging and different, without much repetition in traits. This only makes the book all the more interesting to read.All in all, this book 'wow'ed me. I highly recommend this to somebody who is willing to take the time to sit down and concentrate on it. I think this book is very unique and a great new way to view many times in history.For those who are not very interested in reincarnation, this book never even mentions it. It does not focus on reincarnation, but the many lives of two people and their quest to hopefully be with each other in the very end.Two thumbs-up to this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Loved It

    This book was great. I loved it. It confused me at first on how it went from the different times but you get used to it through the book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Timless Romance

    pros: This book proves that not even death can stop true love.cons: noneThis book is a great read for romance lovers. S.W. really proved that their is such a thing as fate in this timless romance book. I highly reccomend this book!

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  • Posted December 26, 2010

    A really great read!!

    I couldn't put this book down! I found the concept of the book very interesting and loved the different time period in the book. It was a good and easy read. I would recommend it to anyone who loves a sweet love story!

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  • Posted September 29, 2010

    THE BEST LOVE STORY!

    I loved Reincarnation! It's a love story about a girl and a boy that have a love strong enough to travel through history. When i reread all of the deaths, I almost cried. It's Beautiful!

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  • Posted November 18, 2009

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    AWESOME

    This book was really really good. I couldn't put it down! With every near miss my heart went out to the characters. I stayed up til like two in the morning to finish it. I don't usually like romance novels but this really captured my interest and even better it kept me wanting to know what happens next.

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  • Posted October 25, 2009

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    Wow!

    This book was amazing! I couldn't put it down! When I wasn't reading it, I was thinking about it! Most of it was easy to understand, until it got to some of the times when they were reincarnated and they never met that time around, but otherwise it was very easy to figure out who was who.
    I have never been a person that believes in reincarnation, I believe that you get one life and one life only, and what you chose to do with your life will effect what happens to you in the afterlife (heaven or hell), but this book really opened my mind to the fact that there could be reincarnation. Not that I completely believe in it, but now I can see how it might work.
    I loved the characters! The lovers of this book were amazing, you could really relate to a lot that they were going through. I felt their joy, and sorrow, and pain, it was hard not to.
    I have so much more I could probably say about this book, but I can't think of how to put it into words! But I definintely recommend this book to anyone, even if you don't believe in reincarnation (as I didn't) you should read this. It will make you think twice about it all.

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  • Posted July 7, 2009

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    BORING!!!

    Do yourself a favor by not reading this book! I bought it because the synopsis on the back cover sounded very appealing, but the book was a total let down. I was so boring! Basically this is the plot...they meet, like eachother a little, then die...about 10 times. The characters never even get a chance to develope because they're always killed off in like 10 pages! The same thing happens over and over and over and over (do you get the picture?) again.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2009

    Why?

    Wow, let me just say boring. They never actually get to be together one of them always dies first. At the end when it finally gets to mordern day it's like hi, i think i know you and then it ends. The Paris and ancient greece parts are almost interesting but thats about as good as this book gets!

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2009

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    It was okay, but not all that great...

    The book was okay. I really don't recommend the book for anyone. It does make you wonder how the characters will die in each scene, but I think the story is pointless. I mean what is the whole deal with the green emeralds? What is the meaning behind the jewel? Why does it show up in each scene that the characters are in? And what is up with the ending?! After all those tragic deaths, don't you think the ending would have more meaning and passion to it? But no, it's just plain simple. The ending was too quick.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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