The Immortalists - Chloe Benjamin

The Immortalists

By Chloe Benjamin

  • Release Date: 2018-01-09
  • Genre: Literary
  • Size: 2.12 MB
Score: 4
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Description

A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR: Washington Post • NPR • Entertainment Weekly • Real Simple • Marie Claire • New York Public Library • LibraryReads • The Skimm • Lit Hub • Lit Reactor 

AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

“A captivating family saga.”—The New York Times Book Review

“This literary family saga is perfect for fans of Celeste Ng and Donna Tartt.”—People Magazine (Book of the Week)


If you knew the date of your death, how would you live your life?

It's 1969 in New York City's Lower East Side, and word has spread of the arrival of a mystical woman, a traveling psychic who claims to be able to tell anyone the day they will die. The Gold children—four adolescents on the cusp of self-awareness—sneak out to hear their fortunes.

The prophecies inform their next five decades. Golden-boy Simon escapes to the West Coast, searching for love in '80s San Francisco; dreamy Klara becomes a Las Vegas magician, obsessed with blurring reality and fantasy; eldest son Daniel seeks security as an army doctor post-9/11; and bookish Varya throws herself into longevity research, where she tests the boundary between science and immortality.

A sweeping novel of remarkable ambition and depth, The Immortalists probes the line between destiny and choice, reality and illusion, this world and the next. It is a deeply moving testament to the power of story, the nature of belief, and the unrelenting pull of familial bonds.

Reviews

  • Favorite

    5
    By emmie6823
    This is my favorite books of all time. Such a good story, always recommend.
  • Just okay

    3
    By AuntJannie
    There were interesting parts but overall it just didn’t come together. The whole premise of the Gypsy predicting dates of death for the four sibs felt contrived and a little silly.
  • Disappointing ending

    3
    By Funny girl 1976
    As many others have stated, I was instantly captivated in the first two-thirds is the book. But the ending/resolution was anti-climatic to say the least. All in all, it was pretty boring. Not sure that I’d recommend it
  • The Immortalists

    2
    By CCK98280
    I really wanted to like this book, but didn’t.
  • Disappointing (spoilers)

    1
    By Rubyreads
    Great premise but poorly executed. A definite lack of character development - especially for David and Varya - and the descent into mental illness for some of the siblings was odd. The FBI search for the gypsies was just random. Most of all I wish I had some warning about the grotesque story line on animal testing in the Varya section.
  • The Immortalists

    3
    By Lainie 2120
    Interesting premise but for me it started off captivating...as the book continued after the three siblings met their fate it became more and more boring and couldn’t wait to finish...
  • Powerful

    5
    By ChuggaCharlie
    This story was insanely captivating. It was dark but ultimately left me happy to have gained such powerful insight. I can’t stop thinking about this book, and I think The Immortalists will be moving high on my list of favorites.
  • The immortalists

    2
    By debbielynn20
    I found this to be a depressing book and stopped reading it after Klara’s story., the topic is unique but the story line outcome is predictable.
  • Loved this book!

    5
    By ATRAIN2323
    I’m just getting into reading as I’ve never been able to keep my attention long enough to finish a book. With that said, I’m extremely picky. I LOVED this book. It was cleverly written, it’s easy to read, and kept my interest throughout. I highly recommend this book!
  • Very disappointing.

    1
    By Andrealynnstuartfarris
    The worst book I have read in a long time. Not sure how it got so many good reviews. Don’t waste your money.

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