A novel of exuberance and ambition, spanning one thousand years of high-seas adventure, environmental and cultural catastrophe, and enduring love.
"Mr. Eternity will be sizzling in my brain for a long time." -Lauren Groff
Key West, 2016. Sea levels are rising, coral reefs are dying. In short, everything is going to hell. It's here that two young filmmakers find something to believe in: an old sailor who calls himself Daniel Defoe and claims to be five hundred and sixty years old.
In fact, old Dan is in the prime of his life an incredible, perhaps eternal American life. The story unfolds over the course of a millennium, picking up in the sixteenth century in the Viceroyalty of New Granada and continuing into the twenty-sixth, where, in the future Democratic Federation of Mississippi States, Dan serves as an advisor to the King of St. Louis. Some things remain constant throughout the centuries, and being on the edge of ruin may be one. In 1560, the Spaniards have destroyed the Aztec and Inca civilizations. In 2500, we've destroyed our own: the cities of the Atlantic coast are underwater, the union has fallen apart, and cars, plastics, and air conditioning are relegated to history. But there are other constants too: love, humor, and old Dan himself, always adapting and inspiring others with dreams of a better life.
An ingenious, hilarious, and genre-bending page-turner, Mr. Eternity is multiple novels in one. Together they form an uncommon work about our changing planet and its remarkable continuities.
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About the Author
Aaron Thier is the author of the novels Mr. Eternity, a finalist for the 2017 Thurber Prize for American Humor, and The Ghost Apple, a semifinalist for the 2015 Thurber Prize. A regular contributor to The Nation and a graduate of Yale University and the MFA program at The University of Florida, Thier received a 2016 NEA Fellowship in Creative Writing. He lives in Great Barrington, MA.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Wow, this was definitely an interesting book. I'm still not really sure if I believe this man was really that old. It seemed that the stories he told were repeated over and over. Some of the stories were interesting and some of them were not. There were times when this book was interesting and times when it was not. I read the whole thing. I think I was just waiting for it to get to the really good part. While it was an okay read, there never was a really good part. The spelling and the stories were confusing at times as well. Sometimes I was unsure as to who was speaking, until I read a little further and the names of the other characters involved would let me know. I would say all in all that this was a different story. I think some people would like it, but for me, it was just okay. Thanks Bloomsbury and Net Galley for a free e-galley in exchange for an honest review..