If you liked last Fall's TV Show, Amsterdamn, you'll love this book. It follows a young irishmen, Cormac, from Ireland over to America on a mission of revenge and ends up staying for longer than he expected. You receive two stories for the price of one: his life in ireland and another life in New York. Impressions go along with detailed discriptions of the drastic changes New York has seen over the last two centuries as Cormac tries to fulfill a promise. I loved it and reread it on a regular basis.
This book was the basis for a summer TV show about a man who lived forever as long as he stayed in Manhattan. As usual, the book is better than the TV show, giving an interesting history of Ireland as well as New York City. This was a perfect vacation book-fantasy, history, love story.
An incredibly wonderful book! I believe Pete Hamil knows and loves New York City better than Woody Allen or any other writer/artist ever has. "Forever" follows an immortal Irishman from his childhood in Ireland to his everlasting NYC life, starting in 1741 and including the WTC horror. This Midwesterner/Texas has a whole new view of New York City after reading "Forever."
This is the second book I've read by this author and it was even more wonderful than the first (Snow in August). Fantastic, engaging, extremely well-researched. I know a little bit of NYC history, but I learned a little more with this book, which also puts all that history into a very personal context. Cormac O'Connor is a wonderful main character. You feel his pain and joy. Pete Hamill is an author I'll be keeping on my own shelf.
This is amongst the best books I've ever read! Extrememly well written and a page turner. A young Irishman saves a slave who turns out to be a babalawo (like a shaman). The babalawo grants him eternal life as long as he doesn't leave Manhattan. You watch the city change from the early 1700's to the present day. Reading it was like living in history.
I got sucked into this book, sort of like the drain behind my house. Some interesting perspectives on New York City, I learned a lot about the history (as well of 18th century Ireland), but the characters weren't very well developed (oh, well, I guess it isn't a chick book).
I loved this book. It is the best book I have read in a long, long time. I could not put it down and wanted it to never end. However, the way it ended left me completely satisfied. Thank you, Pete Hamill.
This was the September 2011 pick in my online book club, The Reading Cove. I found it bone dry. The writing style was so boring, I was FOREVER YAWNING.
The plot lines felt disjointed and nonsensical, and Cormac's evolution was the same. He remained 2-dimensional for me, and I never connected with him emotionally. His sex life was overdone, and his quest to avenge his parents was just plain laughable by the end.
The story makes a huge leap in time toward the end that just sealed the deal for me. The ending was anticlimactic and had me rolling my eyes.
The premise itself had lots of potential, but the execution was very disappointing. I can't recommend it.
A beautiful fairy tale spanning the ages and depicting the history of New York City. I loved this book! I kept wondering if the time span would make it to the tragedy of September 11 and was so thrilled with the outcome. Well done, Mr. Hamill.
I was pretty disappointed in this book. It was way to "slow." It took about a hundred pages for it to pick up, but only for another 20 pages. Then back to its slow saunter. If you like a leisurely walk in the park with no particular place to be this is your book. It's almost like Hamill is trying to write the great epic but falls short in a nondescript way. Not sure if I'll read more of his stuff.
I enjoyed this story, but was surprised at how many major historical events were left out of the book. And the end was surprising - the option he chose wasn't one I thought he had. I was a little confused at that.
LA Times says: "Straight from the fountain of epic adventure....If you have recently stood in line for Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings, read Forever". I say: What was THAT critic thinking??!! While the author displays a detailed knowledge of New York City history, the story is dreary and way too long. Predominantly anti-Christian (with gentle swipes at other faiths), it is a far, far cry from Lord of the Rings or Harry Potter, for that matter.
Cormac, a young irish boy, grows up in the 1800's in Ireland. He must cope with living in two different world one as a Christian hiding his other world, or true self which is true pagan Irishman. This book follow Cormac's epic life first in Ireland and later to America following a duke because of a pact he made to his family. Cormac makes a life in New York as he plans his revenge on the duke. His life is almost taken as he enacts part of his revenge. He instead is infused with immortality that only stays with him as he is within the area of Manhattan. As Cormac lives his life through history we see and learn about facts we may have never thought of happening in the U.S.
This book was pleasantly not what I expected. To me there was a lot of heart in the description in the regions that Cormac lived in and in the way he viewed thing. Many of the things that happen over years, such as slavery, wars, and rise of New York City as we know it, were explained in a way I never really thought of.
In many other reviews people did not like how long the intro to Cormac life growing up in Ireland was or how quickly time past in New York, especially once you were starting to like a character and then they would be gone. To me these were the things I liked. I loved the way Cormac's life started in Ireland. It reminded me of my visit to Ireland although Cormac was there much earlier in time. When he was in New York as time past and he met friends, lovers and learned different trades he lived life. Sometimes life was boring, sometimes it was more interesting and sometimes he stayed distant to people because well he was immortal. They were going to eventually pass and he was not.
Some of the blurbs say this book is as good as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. That is high praise. I understand the comparison and it is a good book, very good book but maybe not as good as Harry Potter or Lord of the Rings. I would recommend this book as one your going to want to reread and hope for sequels.
Super book. I live in New York and take the subway to work every day, which is my main reading time. This book is so engrossing that I almost missed my stop numerous times! That is my indication that a book is hard to put down. A must read for New Yorkers due to it's brilliant review of the City's diverse history, combined with a great story.
This story of a man who lives for more than 200 years grabs you from the very first chapter. It's intriguing in that usually stories that span centuries feature generations of characters while this novel has one character who endures the many years. Feel free to email with any questions. ~LeAnn
According to the review Forever is a magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man who arrives in New York in 1740 and remains...forever. Through the eyes of young Cormac O'Connor--granted immortality as long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan--we watch New York grow from a tiny settlement on the tip of an untamed wilderness to the thriving metropolis of today.