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The Immortalists Reading The Immortalists Author Chloe Benjamin Webpolitics.us A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR The 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 Struggles To Maintain 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.Both A Dazzling Family Love Story And 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.


10 thoughts on “The Immortalists

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    And what if I change It seems impossible that Varya s future is already inside her like an actress just offstage, waiting decades to leave the wings Then you d be special Cause most people don t 2 1 2 stars I have a lot of mixed feelings about The Immortalists Though there were parts I enjoyed, I was left feeling underwhelmed and like I d recommend many other similar books before recommending this one.You should be aware that this is literary fiction and focuses in depth on the lives of four siblings The enchanting premise that seems to promise elements of magical realism and the fantastical is a little misleading, as there is very little about prophecies and destiny Though, personally, this didn t bother me so much I really enjoy reading about families and the dynamics between them, especially when spread over many years, and I found it interesting to explore how each sibling deals with knowing the date of their death.It begins with the four siblings visiting a psychic as children, near their home in 1960s New York City This woman tells them Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya the exact date of their deaths The book then goes on to consider how this information will affect their lives and the way they live them The sci fi fantasy aspects are waved aside quickly While there are some brief mentions of fate vs self fulfilling prophecy, the author never attempts to offer answers This is ...


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    Update I must add one thought to this review The Book Cover is not only lovely but now that I ve read the book I recognize this perfect design is symbolic to this story Jewish Kabbalists believe The Tree of Life to be a diagrammatic representation of the process by which the Universe came into being Jewish Kabbalists also don t envision time and space as pre existing A wonderful symbolically fitting book cover The mysticism of the fortune teller mixed with traditional Jewish beliefs and the story told in this novel adds up to one thing The Tree of Life Perfect.and Beautiful Wow.I thought this book was incredible and I had many reservations about reading it mixed reviews etc I ve lost HOURS of sleep but this book took my mind off of concerns and or included them.which worked too To me this was so much than, would you like to know the date of your death or even, how you might live your life if you knew The story of Simon and Klara especially had me turning pages and I became very interested in the birth of Ruby wondering how she was going to fit into this story given that she didn t see the fortune teller I didn t think a story could be sad than Simon s the first story but not true I felt the sadness for each one of them be it regret grief fear anger guilt etc These characters were distinctive I felt as though I knew them So just spending time with each family member getting to know them all the relationships was enough to keep me interested Plus, ...


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    The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin is a 2018 G.P Putnam s Sons publication In a novel, so centered on death, there is a tremendous amount of life and living within these pages.Beginning in 1969, the four Gold siblings boldly knock on the door of a fortune teller who then proceeds to impart to them the one thing nobody knows when they enter this world the exact day you will die For better or worse, Varya, Daniel, Klara and Simon cope with this heavy information, but, their approach to life, their attitudes and actions could not be different.How will they decide to live their lives By throwing caution to the wind, living every moment like it counts, or will they become a slave to the fortune teller s predictions What would you do if you knew the exact date of your earthly departure Each of the siblings will have a segment dedicated to their life story, beginning with Simon, the youngest of the four Getting through Simon s story, the outcome of which is easy to predict, could make some readers a bit uncomfortable, as it is quite explicit However, it is also very authentic and captures the era, the fear, the location, and atmosphere of the era perfectly Simon s story sets the stage for a riveting family saga that prompts the reader to wonder just how much of our lives are controlled by elements such as pure luck or destiny and how much control we have over our own future Can we help dire predictions along f...


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    See my exclusive interview with Chloe Benjamin about her novel The Immortalists here There are two major theories about how to stop aging It sounds like you re saying we can choose to live Or we can choose to survive Chloe Benjamin s The Immortalists is a thoughtfully executed novel written in simple, yet often poetic, prose that allowed the characters voices at their most forceful to shine on their own past the narrative itself More than that, it is a novel crafted around a question we all ask ourselves often than we d care to admit Is it important to truly live or to survive To dare to dream at our grandest or to play it safe And, if you knew the exact day on which you d die, would you live your life any differently than you would without that hateful knowledge In their youth, the Gold siblings follow a rumor to the home of a Gypsy fortune teller who gives them the knowledge they seek the exact dates of their deaths These prophecies propel them forward for the rest of their lives, influencing their decisions, changing the courses of their lives and plunging the question into the forefront of their minds forever Was the fortune teller right, and, if so, can they change the course of t...


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    The Immortalists Imagine you are a kid and together with your siblings you sneak out of the house to go see a gypsy woman who is said to be able predict the day you die It s 1969 in New York City s East side, and word has spread about a mystical woman, a traveling psychic.You go to see her and all of you get to hear your date.You go home and then Life goes on Will you believe this prophecy, will it influence the way you live Will you be able to handle it How will you live your life This is the story of a Jewish family in New York, featuring four siblings, Simon, Klara, Daniel and Varya, and their mother Each chapter tells about one of the sibling s lives and how it progresses.It was a tough read, a rough read, raw, I really had to stop every once in a while because it was just hard for me.But it s brilliant too, emotional tears , weird, human and it s about love Wew Th...


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    Conceptually intriguing but lackluster in its execution Benjamin s contemporary coming of age tantalizes with its premise of four siblings who encounter a traveling psychic who reveals when they will die but is feather light in its examination of the line between destiny and choice Despite mention of mysticism and psychics, gypsies and magicians, the prose is unadorned, and the...


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    I d rate this 4.5 stars.If you could know the exact day of your death, would you want to find out If you did find out, how would knowing that information affect how you lived your life These questions are at the heart of The Immortalists , Chloe Benjamin s deeply affecting and beautifully written new book.In 1969, growing up on New York s Lower East Side, the Gold siblings learn that there is a traveling fortune teller in their neighborhood who can tell anyone the day they will die While not everyone is sure that this is actually true, the four children straightforward Varya, bossy Daniel, impetuous, magic obsessed Klara, and dreamy Simon decide to find out.What the woman tells each of them that day will greatly affect their lives, none so than Klara and Simon Klara, wanting nothing than to pursue a career as a magician and illusionist, can t get out of New York and away from her stifling family soon enough, and she lets her younger brother Simon convince them that the two should flee to San Francisco after Klara graduates from high school Simon knows he is different and dreams that San Francisco will be the place he can finally be free to be who he is, to find love and be someone other than the son destined to inherit his family s garment business.Klara watches as her brother pursues his life with reckless abandon, and while she wants to pursue her dreams as well, she knows she must be the stab...


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    This was a Traveling Sisters Group Read, and only two of us were left standing in the Lush Coulee with the rest of the sisters leaving the coulee at or before the first goal of this book Thank you to Jennifer for reading this one with me, it was a pleasure and I loved the discussion this book brought out.4.5 stars This was such a memorable and interesting read that had such a unique storyline with a profound and special message within the pages of this book that had us asking ourselves so many questions What if we could find out the date of our death Would we want to know Would it change the way that we would live our lives Is it fate or do we have the ability to change our fate Love life for what we have and live it to our greatest potential as if it were our last, as we never know if we are actually living our last day THE IMMORTALISTS by CHLOE BENJAMIN is an interesting, entertaining, fascinating, and a different sort of read that had me feeling quite uncomfortable with some of the early scenes but then had me totally engaged and I needed to find out how this story was going to end I thoroughly enjoyed following along the lives of these four young siblings who find out the date of each of their deaths from a gyps...


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    3.5 3.75 I actually ended up liking this than I expected The premise was very intriguing Four siblings meet a psychic who tells them the exact date they will die It then influences how they choose to live their lives.This felt like a historical fiction contemporary than fantasy s...


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    Chloe Benjamin s epic The Immortalists has us considering some of the most fundamental and complex questions about life and how we live it It is thought provoking as it asks does knowledge of our mortality make us live our life to the utmost or makes us fearful, guilty, and seek to outwit death It is 1969 and in Manhattan, New York, the 4 Jewish Gold children seek a light hearted encounter with a gypsy psychic, who tells each of them their prophecies and their date of death They cannot break free of this knowledge which shapes their futures for the following five decades This is a story of family, loss, secrets, regrets, sibling relationships, death and above all else, about life.The lives of each of the children is followed to the last moments in their lives Klara and Simon are close as siblings, Simon cannot wait to leave home, this culminates in the two of them escaping to San Francisco The prophecies determine that they live life to the max and at the edge The gay Simon embarks on a search for love, plunging into life with abandon, displaying a reckless disregard for his own safety in his actions, ignoring all warnings Klara pursues her obsession for magic, ignited by her grandmother, as she becomes a magician, The Immortalist, playing with id...


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