Review: The Immortalists

The Immortalists

The Immortalists
By Chloe Benjamin
G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 9780735213180, January 2018, 352pp.

The Short of It:

Would knowing the date of your death change the way you live?

The Rest of It:

The Immortalists asks you to push your disbelief aside in order to ask yourself that very question and for many readers I think this is impossible to do. I, however, had no problem suspending my disbelief for the sake of the story.

After the encouragement of their older brother Daniel, Varya, Klara and Simon head to a fortune-teller who provides each of the four siblings with the date of their death. This is particularly concerning to young Simon, because he’s told that he will die very young. Klara, is also told that she will die fairly young. Knowing this information, the two take off for San Francisco in their teens so they can live their lives to the fullest but what follows is a tragic host of events which ultimately affect their lives and the lives of their siblings.

The Immortalists is not a perfect story. Nor is it executed all that well but I did find myself liking Simon’s story quite a bit. As a young gay, Jewish man, the responsibility of running his father’s tailor shop for the rest of his life proved too much for him. I feel that of all the siblings, Simon’s story was the most realistic and yes, the most tragic. I would have been just fine had the entire story been about Simon but that was not the case.

All in all, the other stories didn’t fit together well but I still enjoyed the lead-up, except for some very convenient plot lines. As a book club pick, some liked it, many didn’t but we still had a decent discussion.

Would you want to know the date of your death? Personally, I would not want to know mine.

Source: Borrowed
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Sunday Matters: How Can It Be August?

Sunday Matters

They say time marches on and they are right. It’s August and I don’t even feel as if my summer ever got started. It hasn’t been bad, just not the summer that I imagined for myself. Summer school packets and the constant nag nag nag of me telling her to do them has killed the spirit.

I am ready for fall.

Right Now:

Nothing remarkable. Church. Roaming our town for something to do. Staying cool.

This Week:

No pressing appointments so that’s good. The big kid has jury duty and it’s the last week for these independent study classes. I shall celebrate when they end.

Oh, 10th grade registration is this week. I haven’t decided if I will take the day off or not to help with that. She is old enough to do it herself but then there is the financial aspect of it to consider.

Reading:

I finished The Immortalists. I really enjoyed it. I should have the review up soon.

I am tempted to start Baby Teeth. Everyone says it’s a crazy read with some weird, scary kid. I could get into that right now.

Watching:

I have time to watch things but I am uninterested in most anything I turn on.

Making:

Today? Probably nothing. I am still craving a good burger but don’t feel like making my own. Lobster sounds pretty good but probably won’t make that either. I need a personal chef.

Grateful for:

Covered parking lots. Ever since we had that 120 degree day, it’s been averaging about 103 which means that after 25 years at this university I am finally taking advantage of covered parking. I opted for closer, over covered before because well… earthquakes but I’ve decided that my poor car’s black leather interior is just too much to take when it’s 103 out.

What are you up to today?

Chatting with friends about books and life…