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What would it really mean to live forever? Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can’t die. Her recent troubleswidowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged sonare only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she’s tried everything to free herself, and only one other person in the world understands: a man she once loved passionately, who has been stalking her through the centuries, convinced they belong together forever.But as the twenty-first century begins and her children and grandchildrenconsumed with immortality in their own ways, from the frontiers of digital currency to genetic engineeringdevelop new technologies that could change her fate and theirs, Rachel knows she must find a way out.Gripping, hilarious, and profoundly moving, Eternal Life celebrates the bonds between generations, the power of faith, the purpose of death, and the reasons for being alive.
|Publisher:||Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
About the Author
Dara Horn is a two-time winner of the National Jewish Book Award for Fiction and one of Granta’s Best American Novelists. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and four children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I won an ARC of Eternal Life. What an interesting premise: a vow made to God that you would give up your death to save a loved one's life. This book swings between Jerusalem during Roman occupation and modern day New York. Two thousand years of living and burning in order to start again. It's a really interesting premise. And Horn deciding to focus on the two families Rachel has, with mentions of other children and grandchildren, helps to focus the story, but it also gives the reader a greater sense of family. It's a beautiful book, the detail of Roman occupied Jerusalem is perfect. I have to admit that at times it wasn't an easy book to read. I've always thought too much about the future, and worried about life after beloved family members deaths and in reading this book I had those hated fearful stabbings in my heart. I had to put the book down until those stabbings subsided. It's an interesting book on love, lost love and the power of starting over. I definitely recommend this book.
Eternal Life by Dara Horn Rachel is an 18 y/o woman, daughter of Azaria, a Jewish scribe in Jerusalem just before the birth of Christ. She falls in love with Elazar, son of Hanania, the High Priest of the Jewish Temple. Unfortunately, she gets pregnant from this affair and has to marry Zakkai, the 8th child of an olive farmer from Tekoa. Zakkai had come as a slave apprentice to Azaria. Her child, Yochanan, gets very ill and was going to die until Rachel does a vow to the High Priest -- immortality for the life of her son. Elazar does the same. For the next two thousand years, they marry, have children, grow old and disappear, just to start again. As they burn in fire, they are reborn in another place with the bodies they had when they made their vows. The story is narrated from the third person point of view. The book jumps back and forth in time, and it's just too disorganized. The characters are not developed enough. Any wisdom on life it is trying to impart was lost on me. I did read every page, in the hope that I would eventually get something good out of it. The only nice thing I can say is that it is easy to read. I would summarize my review by saying: great concept but poorly developed.