Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Forever, Pete Hamill

A good read but not a killer. 18th century Irishman lands in NY and saves an African shaman from a lynching. Shaman grants him eternal life so long as he doesn't leave the island of Manhattan. I think a lot of New Yorkers feel this way and if I had enough money, I would agree. Nice touches of magical realism. Features an interesting take on what a good guy Boss Tweed was. At heart, this is a typical love story -- white man knows no real love until a woman of color comes along. Incorporates 9/11 but interestingly, the author finished the book the week before and rewrote the ending. Summation: don't have one.

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