Forever by Pete Hamill
A Novel

68%

5 Critic Reviews

The reader loses too much interest in Cormac midway through the book, and by the end, we have little connection between the wizened old sage, at book's end, and the passionate young man at book's start.
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Synopsis

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 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.
 

About Pete Hamill

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Pete Hamill is a novelist, journalist, editor, and screenwriter. He is the author of twenty previous books, including the bestselling novels Snow in August, Forever, North River, and Tabloid City and the bestselling memoir A Drinking Life. He lives in New York City.
 
Published May 1, 2011 by Back Bay Books. 604 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Religion & Spirituality. Fiction
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Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Jun 24 2010

A true Hamill piece: by turns fascinating, sentimental, hackneyed, and provincial in the best New York mode.

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Publishers Weekly

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Reviewed by Publishers Weekly on Dec 23 2008

This novel demands that the reader immediately suspend disbelief, but if this summons is heeded the reward will be a superior tale told by Hamill...in the cadence of the master storyteller.

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Blog Critics

Above average
Reviewed by Dan Schneider on Nov 15 2008

The reader loses too much interest in Cormac midway through the book, and by the end, we have little connection between the wizened old sage, at book's end, and the passionate young man at book's start.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Tom Callahan on Nov 01 2008

He takes Cormac's pain and our collective tragedy and makes them into art, filled with the promise not of eternal life, but eternal love...This book is like New York --- bursting with life and adventure and the promise of a better future.

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Entertainment Weekly

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Reviewed by Troy Patterson on Jan 08 2008

''Forever'' is fueled by the cruel dictates of history -- corruption, exploitation, murder -- but it wholeheartedly celebrates human goodness at every turn. Is there a place for cheery cornball epics?

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