“The only way this will end is if I die”.
Rachel Azaria can’t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel — she gives up her death in order to save her first son. Rachel made a vow to save her child in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem— and now that she has lived - FOR 2000 YEARS, she has buried thousands of children, grandchildren, and husbands.
She wants ...more
Great idea, right?
I was expecting, oh...I don't know; old world magic, immortality, recaps of the amazing and adventurous lives Rachel has lived to tell.
But that wasn't it at all.
** Spoilers ahead **
When we meet Rachel 2,000 years later, she is in the p ...more
Everything and everyone blew through the world, leaves carried on wind.
When you live like we do, everything seems connected to everything else, everything reminds you of something.
As this novel gets underway, we're given to understand that there's something unusual about the protagonist, Rachel, a great-grandmother at 84 years old, something fantastical about her relationship to life and death. That much we know from the title and from reviews we may have read. But just what's going on--and wh ...more
Horn’s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sacrifice their own death for him. Eternal life for Rachel comes with a very high price, and the suffering of losing her children and loved ones over and over again is almost more than she can bear. This is a powerful bo ...more
(UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, keeping mid-range review below. For now, I need to report that I’m having a full-on love affair with this book I’m so obsessed with it. Was going to lend it to a friend when done, but I have now underlined things and fol ...more
So, first things first, the cover illustration on the edition I received was just fantastic. It definitely would have made me pause if I'd been out browsing. I'd for sure have stopped and picked it up to see what it was about, so kudos on that.
Sadly, that's pretty much where the fun ends. I was disappointed by this, b/c it was a great idea. Living forever without a being a vampire, well that's interesting enough. The story s...more
While the premise of Eternal Life was good, it fell flat (imho) in execution. The writing was flawless, but it was boring. To me, it felt like nothing more than a philosophical debate on the merits (or lack thereof) of living forever and nothing more. I've contemplated the topic myself and have come to the conclusion that it would not be a good ...more
It is no spoiler by any means to say that Rachel has been alive for over 2,000 years. It's also not really a spoiler to say that somebody else from her time has been, too, and he's more or less been stalking her through the millennia, trying to get her to see things his way.
There’s something not quite right with this book. I mean that only structurally. Something seems off about it. Maybe that's pacing, or maybe that's a lack of impact when something big is revea ...more
This one came close at times. By the end it seems like the main character, Rachel, has come to terms with, or at least found a way to live, her endless life. But, seriously, it took her 2000 years to get to that point? Or has she just once again started yet another life ...more
Sometimes reading one book leads directly to another. I had just read a book by a 20th century American philosopher, William E. Hocking, exploring issues surrounding the role of death in human experience and in understanding the meaning of life and the possibility of a form of survival after death. Upon finishing the book, I saw Dara Horn's new novel "Eternal Life" prominently displayed on the new books shelf of the local library. I thought it would make a fitting ...more