Well, I just finished Forever by Pete Hamill. I have never read anything by Hamill before, but because of this book, I am willing to read him again. To me, that is one of the marks of a good writer. I have to like the writing well enough to read the author again. In fact, if I like an author, I tend to go through all of the person's works over time. Sometimes I dive right in and read everything the person has written; other times I don't especially if the person has many novels.
Forever is the story of a man, Cormac O'Connor, who lives forever in Manhattan after receiving the "gift" of eternal life. It was amazing the amount of history imparted in the novel. As a person who enjoys history, it was a gift for me. I read the book over the course of several weeks (and other books, too, for that matter). For anyone contemplating reading it, I would not suggest trying that. For once, I was almost overwhelmed with keeping the plot in my head while also reading two other books. Because of the long time frame of the character's life, I would have been better off had I read it straight through and without distractions.
I have only one complaint about the novel, and that is a tiny continuity error. One of the characters, Delfina, works as a cashier at Rite Aid. She is described as wearing a green smock. Having worked at Rite Aid for nearly eighteen years, I know that the Rite Aid uniforms have never been green. They have always been a some sort of combination of blue, white, and red. I know a little thing, but it bothered me. Consider me a bit picky; I guess that is one of the reasons I do editing as a side job.
Since finishing Forever, I am back to one book, Little Face by Sophie Hannah. Once finished with it, I intend to release it into the "wild" as a Bookcrossing book. So far, I really like the suspense that is building about the disappearance of Florence, the baby. Of course, I still haven't really gotten into Etidorpha yet so can hardly claim to be reading it (okay, I admit it; I'm a bit of a procrastinator and I have had it for a long, long time...almost as long as I have had a needlepoint canvas of swans under the moonlit sky that I have been working on (as a promise to myself, I will get both finished someday)). In the meantime, I'll make a trip to the library for my book group and while there, get some more reading material.
Only one book at a time, I don't think so (see what my sister started oh so long ago)!
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