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Author: Pete Hamill
This widely praised bestseller is the 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 thr...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780316735698
ISBN-10: 0316735698
Publication Date: 11/2003
Pages: 640
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 111 ratings
Publisher: Back Bay Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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Helpful Score: 6
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.
lectio avatar reviewed Forever on + 88 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 4
one of those books that's almost impossible to put down.
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Helpful Score: 4
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
Forever was a book that I could not put down. The fantasy elements are blended perfectly with the historical facts about New York City. It's a great read.
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Helpful Score: 2
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.

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Great book for traveling - wonderful story
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Very good historical fiction. At the end of the book, the author gives his background and thoughts behind the writing of this book.
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This book was a national best seller. It is very well written. I would caution readers that it contains adult situations
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his novel demands that the reader immediately suspend disbelief, but if this summons is heeded the reward will be a superior tale told by Hamill (Snow in August; A Drinking Life) in the cadence of the master storyteller. The year is 1741 and this is the story of Cormac O'Connor-"Irish, and a Jew"-who grows up in Ireland under English Protestant rule and is secretly schooled in Gaelic religion, myth and language. Seeking to avenge the murder of his father by the Earl of Warren, he follows the trail of the earl to New York City. On board ship, Cormac befriends African slave Kongo, and once in New York, the two join a rebellion against the British. After the rising is quelled, mobs take to the streets and Kongo is seized. Cormac saves Kongo from death, but is shot in the process. His recovery takes a miraculous turn when Kongo's dead priestess, Tomora, appears and grants Cormac eternal life and youth-so long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan, thus the "Forever" of the title. What follows is a portrait of the "city of memory of which Cormac was the only citizen." Cormac fights in the American Revolution, sups with Boss Tweed (in a very sympathetic portrait) and lives into the New York of 2001. In that year he warily falls in love with Delfina, a streetwise Dominican ("That was the curse attached to the gift: You buried everyone you loved"), and comes into contact with a descendant of the Earl of Warren, the newspaper publisher Willie Warren. His love, his drive for revenge and his very desire to exist are fatefully challenged on the eve and the day of September 11. This rousing, ambitious work is beautifully woven around historical events and characters, but it is Hamill's passionate pursuit of justice and compassion-Celtic in foundation-that distinguishes this tale of New York City and its myriad peoples.