Reincarnation

Reincarnation

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by Suzanne Weyn
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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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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:
9780545013246
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
05/01/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
450,786
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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