Forever This widely acclaimed bestseller is the magical epic tale of an extraordinary man who arrives in New York in and remains forever Through the eyes of Cormac O Connor granted immortality as long a

This widely acclaimed bestseller is the magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man who arrives in New York in 1740 and remains forever Through the eyes of 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 And throThis widely acclaimed bestseller is the magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man who arrives in New York in 1740 and remains forever Through the eyes of 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 And through Cormac s remarkable adventures in both love and war, we come to know the city s buried secrets the way it has been shaped by greed, race, and waves of immigration, by the unleashing of enormous human energies, and, above all, by hope.

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  1. Pete Hamill is a novelist, essayist and journalist whose career has endured for than forty years He was born in Brooklyn, N Y in 1935, the oldest of seven children of immigrants from Belfast, Northern Ireland He attended Catholic schools as a child He left school at 16 to work in the Brooklyn Navy Yard as a sheetmetal worker, and then went on to the United States Navy While serving in the Navy, he completed his high school education Then, using the educational benefits of the G.I Bill of Rights, he attended Mexico City College in 1956 1957, studying painting and writing, and later went to Pratt Institute For several years, he worked as a graphic designer Then in 1960, he went to work as a reporter for the New York Post A long career in journalism followed He has been a columnist for the New York Post, the New York Daily News, and New York Newsday, the Village Voice, New York magazine and Esquire He has served as editor in chief of both the Post and the Daily News As a journalist, he has covered wars in Vietnam, Nicaragua, Lebanon and Northern Ireland, and has lived for extended periods in Mexico City, Dublin, Barcelona, San Juan and Rome From his base in New York he has also covered murders, fires, World Series, championship fights and the great domestic disturbances of the 1960s, and has written extensively on art, jazz, immigration and politics He witnessed the events of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath and wrote about them for the Daily News At the same time, Hamill has written much fiction, including movie and TV scripts He has published nine novels and two collections of short stories His 1997 novel, Snow in August, was on the New York Times bestseller list for four months His memoir, A Drinking Life, was on the same New York Times list for 13 weeks He has published two collections of his journalism Irrational Ravings and Piecework , an extended essay on journalism called News Is a Verb, a book about the relationship of tools to art, a biographical essay called Why Sinatra Matters, dealing with the music of the late singer and the social forces that made his work unique In 1999, Harry N Abrams published his acclaimed book on the Mexican painter Diego Rivera His novel, Forever, was published by Little, Brown in January 2003 and became a New York Times bestseller His most recently published novel is North River 2007.In 2004, he published Downtown My Manhattan, a non fiction account of his love affair with New York, and received much critical acclaim Hamill is the father of two daughters, and has a grandson He is married to the Japanese journalist, Fukiko Aoki, and they divide their time between New York City and Cuernavaca, Mexico He is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University and is writing a new novel.Author photo by David Shankbone September 2007 permission is granted to copy, distribute and or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.

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  1. I generally look over other people s reviews to refresh myself before I add a book I read a long time ago I was genuinely surprised to see how many people hated this book It seems like people either got it and loved it like me , or didn t get it and simply hated it.Admittedly, the story is far fetched You must suspend disbelief in order to swallow the premise of the story, which is of an impoverished Irish boy doomed to live forever until he is able to avenge a wrong done to his family If you ca [...]

  2. Forever is one of the best books I have read in a very long time I closed the book with a feeling of regret knowing that I wouldn t read a story this good for quite some time It s a beautifully written and haunting story that is deeply rooted in the heart of New York, but one that fundamentally speaks about the mysteries of human condition and the things we feel but cannot fully articulate This remarkable hybrid is an absorbing, satisfying read and the story stays with you a long time after you [...]

  3. This was not the book that I expected it to be Every plot summary of this novel describes it as a history of New York City as experienced by a man who is granted immortality only so long as he never leaves the island of Manhattan Granted, that does happen, but first you have to slog through an annoying, practically a novel in and of itself three hundred pages of trifling back story That would have been fine if only it had been interesting Hamill seems to back himself into a corner with a curiou [...]

  4. I am a bit offended by the current number one review that says people either get this book or hate it Just because I hate it does not mean I did not get it A book that is about a man who lives forever is going to face challenges It is either going to be epicly long or going to skim and jump without real depth, or some combination of the two This book mostly jumped and skipped This made it hard to become emotionally involved with the book Because of this, I was planning to give the book two stars [...]

  5. This book had me from the first page It starts in Ireland in the 1700s and takes us on a fantastic journey ending in New York in 2001 Through the protagonist s eyes we see the humble beginnings of New York City in its infancy and watch as it transforms over the centuries to the mighty metropolis it is today Saying anything else would be spoiling I certainly recommend this book if you are a New Yorker like me It has been said that we are the most forgetful when it comes to our own history and thi [...]

  6. Conceptually I liked this book, though it lost something in the execution Exploring New York through the eyes of a single character is interesting, but in order to do it justice the book needed about 1,000 pages at least If this novel was a five book series told slowly it would have worked much better.I found the 9 11 chapter a bit forced There was way too much foreshadowing We know what s ahead of us and yet the Hamill can t resist mentioning low flying planes and looming towers every fourth [...]

  7. Part of my disappointment in Pete Hamill s Forever is probably based on the fact that I had different expectations when I began reading There was an extremely misleading quote on the back cover comparing the book favorably to Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter I also expected the book to focus on New York City, which is does, but only well after a hundred pages based in Ireland.Okay The book did have its good points I thought the concept was fantastic immortal man witnesses the evolution of a ci [...]

  8. I have mixed feelings about this novel The beginning one third of the story was very captivating and moving I thought the author did a great job with character development and drawing the reader into an intriguing plot laced with bits of Irish folklore and Celtic Mythology Somewhere around the middle, however, the story began to drag for me and became quite overrun with characters to follow An account that takes place over than two centuries, ending after the events of 9 11 01, lends itself to [...]

  9. The idea of a first person account of the whole history of Manhattan was really intriguing to me, so I was really excited to read this book, and assumed that the whole you re immortal but you can t leave Manhattan thing was just a weird plot device in order to make this first person narrative make sense Instead, the opposite seemed to be true the history of Manhattan seemed to be just a setting for the whole strange spiritual mythological side of the story That said, I loved the first 1 3 of the [...]

  10. Caution spoilers All in all an uneven read Fun, if you aren t critical, but lots to take issue with The main character is given the gift of eternal life, with conditions The first quarter of the book which takes place in Ireland, is better, though a bit stereotypical of Irish culture The plot sounds fun, but in truth makes the main character less than completely sympathetic Somehow he manages to be consumed by revenge, yet is bland and boring The sections of the book are vignettes of different t [...]

  11. Like Hamill from A Snow in August, but this novel was awful, i only finished it to see how he tied it together The plot too ambitious, you can t pack the history of new york into a story of one man Hamill can t properly end it and does an awful job of foreshadowing the 9 11 attacks The towers seemed to be mention in every paragraph when the story shifts to the recent past, poorly alluding to what will come I do not recommend this at all and wish i didn t waste money on it.

  12. A true masterpiece of fiction Rarely does a book reach this level of storytelling, at least in my experience I can count on one hand books that i have read that i regard as masterpieces This is one of those books that I wish would go on for another 600 pages literally forever Cormac is someone I will never forget It will take me many days to digest all that I encountered in these pages, and I think i am forever changed for having read this I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and am certa [...]

  13. This book is truly a love letter to New York Pete Hamill has taken a tantalizing idea what would you do if you were granted immortality and envisions it through the eyes of an Irish teen, Cormac O Connor.The book s highest points shine when Hamill documents real people and places in Manhattan The reader comes along for the journey of New York growing from a wild village into one of the greatest cities on Earth.The disconnect occurs when Hamill describes the mythical happenings that take place to [...]

  14. How long does it take to find your true love Is one lifetime enough What do you do when you do find it How do you answer life s challenges and choices Cormac O Conner is born in northern Ireland in 1723, loved and cherished by his parents, happy with his parents, dog, horse and home His father is a blacksmith and makes a very special sword When he is nine he loses his mother, when he is sixteen he loses his father The Earl of Warren, who lives in Belfast near them, is indirectly responsible for [...]

  15. I ve been going through a homesick sort of thing lately and this book was like a drug It s historical fiction that charts the history of New York City from circa 1740 through 2001 as lived and experienced by one main character You ll have to suspend your disbelief regarding the necessary fantasy element of this because the book itself is wonderful The author, Pete Hamill, is impressive in his dedication to providing endless historically accurate details about the city he adores this is especiall [...]

  16. Bear with me as I have a hard time reviewing books I really like Forever has lots of great things going for it beautifully evocative writing, especially about women, interesting history of Manhattan, constantly evolving plot so as to keep the reader interested and lots of emotion.I d probably say my favorite part was the bit about Ireland in the beginning of the book I d probably give it 4.5 stars, but this book definitely makes me want to read Hamill s other works Oh, and it really captures a l [...]

  17. I started reading Pete Hamill s critically acclaimed Forever when I was a senior in high school For some reason I don t remember, I stopped reading 150 pages in and ever since then I ve been meaning to come back to it Now that I ve finally read this book I think I remember why it didn t hold my teenage attention one word to perfectly describe this book would be uneven Forever tells the story of a young boy in 18th century Ireland whose family follows the Old Religion of the ancient Celts They be [...]

  18. I picked this one up because I d heard it was a great way to learn about the history of New York City As the back cover summary explains, one man is offered immortality with the condition that he can never leave the island of Manhattan The problem is, that twist is given away before you open the book and yet 200 pages into the story it still hasn t even happened So you find yourself just waiting for it, instead of allowing yourself to be taken in by the rest of the tale.The first 100 pages or so [...]

  19. While it suffered some unexpected pacing issues, this book was overall an enjoyable and thoughtful adventure.I spent most of the first half of the novel confused and impatient for the plot to represent the blurb on the back cover immortality and NYC history which made trudging through Cormac s young life tedious than it needed to be I think this is a trouble so with the choice of wording on the back cover creating inaccurate expectations than a problem with the novel itself, as I think Cormac s [...]

  20. Forever began so wonderfully for me It was engaging, touching, and completely drew me in I quickly grew to love the main character, his family, his horse and his dog I even shed tears when his mother died But around the fourth or fifth chapter, things started to change The story began to thin out and jumped around a bit It would jump ahead decades only to have the narrator look back at the time that was skipped, often missing the chance to explore anything in depth The narrator describes the boo [...]

  21. If I could give this book zero stars I would Or negative even This is the worst book I have read EVER without exaggeration It ranks up there with Angela s Ashes, God of Small Things, any John Grisham book, and any other book which makes you want to give up reading whenever you remember your experience reading them The book is supposed to detail the life of an Irishman granted immortality who ends up in NYC in the mid 1700 s, and follows his life and the life of NYC from 1750 through 2001 9 11 He [...]

  22. This has to be one of my favorite books While long, the book is well a written and captivating piece of historical fiction although some of the descriptive bits can be a bit much While I really enjoyed the story s plot, my favorite aspect of the book was the description of the changes in New York over generations from the atmosphere of the streets right to the putrid smells that characterized New York for decades This widely acclaimed bestseller is the magical, epic tale of an extraordinary man [...]

  23. Magical realism arrives in New York City when Cormac O Connor arrives in the late eighteenth century to avenge the deaths of his parents at the hand of the evil Earl of Warren His quest brings him in contact with the black slave, Congo, who he befriends on the boat to America and who assists him in his mission and then bestows upon him the gift of immortality.Through Cormac s eyes we see the history of New York City unfolding through the years as he must fight the Warrens through the succeeding [...]

  24. I really appreciate this book I wasn t necessarily expecting to A co worker recommended it saying it was one of her top 3 favorite books, so i decided to read This book takes you through the history of Manhattan, beginning in the 18th century to current day following 9 11, from the point of view of Irish immigrant Cormac, who travels to America to avenge his fathers death Spanning 300 years starting with the 1700 s Irish Catholic Protestant conflict, the Old Religion and his journey to America o [...]

  25. I wanted to give this book five stars It s a really beautifully told history of New York City necessarily incomplete, since it s also the story of one man But I was fine with that I always get annoyed when I get this big picture perspective of things in a book, when it s one person s story I think, Wait, how do you know what was happening way over there, when you were way over here the whole time I like also that the story is biased we aren t told everything, we re told about what s important to [...]

  26. DNF 75%I almost marked it a DNF at 50% and I really wish I had The synopsis of the book doesn t even begin until halfway which is why I kept going The first part of the book is Cormac s backstory and it was boring Currently, I don t know what the point of this book is and I am again bored I can t make myself finish.

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