Eternal Life

Eternal Life

Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiritual bargain to save the life of her first son back in Roman-occupied Jerusalem, she?s tried ev Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unempl...

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Title:Eternal Life
Author:Dara Horn
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:0393608530
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Eternal Life Reviews

  • Cathy
    Mar 14, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

    Author Dara Horn?s latest work, ?Eternal Life? considers what it would be like if you could never die. What would life after life after life be like? Protagonist Rachel made a deal with a high priest (what we would consider a deal with the devil) that if her sick son doesn?t di...

    ?You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.? - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Most of us have dallied with the idea of either living an abnormally long life or living forever. We think ...

    This incredibly unique book tells the story of Rachel, who cannot die. Born 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, she gave up her own death to save the life of her child. This vow was made in the Second Temple, overseen by biblical priests and honored with animal sacrifices, in a world that ha...

    3.5 stars. I'm still sorting out my feelings about this book and I may up the rating in the future. This was a fast and immersive read. The author definitely did her research for the historical aspects of this book and those were my favorite parts of the book. I would read a book by he...

    I sat in the same spot for many hours straight to read this book. It was absolutely riveting. The premise is that the book?s main character, Rachel, cannot die. She has lived for thousands of years, had hundreds of families, and has outlived them all. If this seems like a simple plot...

  • Elyse
    Jan 29, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

  • Kim
    Mar 07, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

    Author Dara Horn?s latest work, ?Eternal Life? considers what it would be like if you could never die. What would life after life after life be like? Protagonist Rachel made a deal with a high priest (what we would consider a deal with the devil) that if her sick son doesn?t di...

    ?You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.? - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Most of us have dallied with the idea of either living an abnormally long life or living forever. We think ...

    This incredibly unique book tells the story of Rachel, who cannot die. Born 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, she gave up her own death to save the life of her child. This vow was made in the Second Temple, overseen by biblical priests and honored with animal sacrifices, in a world that ha...

  • Jaime
    Nov 18, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

  • Ron Charles
    Jan 25, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

  • Mary
    Jun 24, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

  • Karen McQuestion
    Feb 18, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

  • Erika Dreifus
    Nov 30, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

  • Shellie Taylor
    Nov 20, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

    Author Dara Horn?s latest work, ?Eternal Life? considers what it would be like if you could never die. What would life after life after life be like? Protagonist Rachel made a deal with a high priest (what we would consider a deal with the devil) that if her sick son doesn?t di...

    ?You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.? - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Most of us have dallied with the idea of either living an abnormally long life or living forever. We think ...

    This incredibly unique book tells the story of Rachel, who cannot die. Born 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, she gave up her own death to save the life of her child. This vow was made in the Second Temple, overseen by biblical priests and honored with animal sacrifices, in a world that ha...

    3.5 stars. I'm still sorting out my feelings about this book and I may up the rating in the future. This was a fast and immersive read. The author definitely did her research for the historical aspects of this book and those were my favorite parts of the book. I would read a book by he...

    I sat in the same spot for many hours straight to read this book. It was absolutely riveting. The premise is that the book?s main character, Rachel, cannot die. She has lived for thousands of years, had hundreds of families, and has outlived them all. If this seems like a simple plot...

    Pity poor Rachel, for she can never die. 2,000 years ago, she made a pact with a Jewish priest to save the life of her infant son, a pact that she regrets. The book doesn't go through a lot of detail about how this is achieved, but it indicates it was at the time of the AD/BC time ...

    Weird but pleasantly so. What's weird is not so much the fact that the central characters, Rachel and her lover Eleazar, are 2,000 years old, but the fact that Horn mixes 2 very different genres: a historical romance and science-fiction. The story cuts back and forth between the origin...

    I'm honestly somewhere between a 3 and a 4-star review on this book... Rachel can't die, but she wants to. After living two thousand years and watching children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, lovers, husbands, and more die, who wouldn't want to die? This book explores the subj...

  • Dana
    Feb 26, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

  • Kim McGee
    Sep 27, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

  • Melissa
    Jan 26, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

  • Sarah
    Sep 20, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

  • Cait
    Feb 27, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

  • Elaine
    Feb 12, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

  • Chaitra
    Mar 09, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

  • Kate
    Mar 10, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

  • M.E. Tudor
    Oct 10, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

  • Sophia Jones
    Dec 14, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

    Author Dara Horn?s latest work, ?Eternal Life? considers what it would be like if you could never die. What would life after life after life be like? Protagonist Rachel made a deal with a high priest (what we would consider a deal with the devil) that if her sick son doesn?t di...

    ?You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.? - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Most of us have dallied with the idea of either living an abnormally long life or living forever. We think ...

    This incredibly unique book tells the story of Rachel, who cannot die. Born 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, she gave up her own death to save the life of her child. This vow was made in the Second Temple, overseen by biblical priests and honored with animal sacrifices, in a world that ha...

    3.5 stars. I'm still sorting out my feelings about this book and I may up the rating in the future. This was a fast and immersive read. The author definitely did her research for the historical aspects of this book and those were my favorite parts of the book. I would read a book by he...

  • Barbara
    Mar 14, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

    Author Dara Horn?s latest work, ?Eternal Life? considers what it would be like if you could never die. What would life after life after life be like? Protagonist Rachel made a deal with a high priest (what we would consider a deal with the devil) that if her sick son doesn?t di...

  • Jill Meyer
    Jan 26, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

  • Jackie Keller
    Mar 14, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

  • Pascale
    Mar 14, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

    Author Dara Horn?s latest work, ?Eternal Life? considers what it would be like if you could never die. What would life after life after life be like? Protagonist Rachel made a deal with a high priest (what we would consider a deal with the devil) that if her sick son doesn?t di...

    ?You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.? - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Most of us have dallied with the idea of either living an abnormally long life or living forever. We think ...

    This incredibly unique book tells the story of Rachel, who cannot die. Born 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, she gave up her own death to save the life of her child. This vow was made in the Second Temple, overseen by biblical priests and honored with animal sacrifices, in a world that ha...

    3.5 stars. I'm still sorting out my feelings about this book and I may up the rating in the future. This was a fast and immersive read. The author definitely did her research for the historical aspects of this book and those were my favorite parts of the book. I would read a book by he...

    I sat in the same spot for many hours straight to read this book. It was absolutely riveting. The premise is that the book?s main character, Rachel, cannot die. She has lived for thousands of years, had hundreds of families, and has outlived them all. If this seems like a simple plot...

    Pity poor Rachel, for she can never die. 2,000 years ago, she made a pact with a Jewish priest to save the life of her infant son, a pact that she regrets. The book doesn't go through a lot of detail about how this is achieved, but it indicates it was at the time of the AD/BC time ...

    Weird but pleasantly so. What's weird is not so much the fact that the central characters, Rachel and her lover Eleazar, are 2,000 years old, but the fact that Horn mixes 2 very different genres: a historical romance and science-fiction. The story cuts back and forth between the origin...

  • Gina Baratono
    Feb 12, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

    Author Dara Horn?s latest work, ?Eternal Life? considers what it would be like if you could never die. What would life after life after life be like? Protagonist Rachel made a deal with a high priest (what we would consider a deal with the devil) that if her sick son doesn?t di...

    ?You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.? - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Most of us have dallied with the idea of either living an abnormally long life or living forever. We think ...

    This incredibly unique book tells the story of Rachel, who cannot die. Born 2,000 years ago in Jerusalem, she gave up her own death to save the life of her child. This vow was made in the Second Temple, overseen by biblical priests and honored with animal sacrifices, in a world that ha...

    3.5 stars. I'm still sorting out my feelings about this book and I may up the rating in the future. This was a fast and immersive read. The author definitely did her research for the historical aspects of this book and those were my favorite parts of the book. I would read a book by he...

    I sat in the same spot for many hours straight to read this book. It was absolutely riveting. The premise is that the book?s main character, Rachel, cannot die. She has lived for thousands of years, had hundreds of families, and has outlived them all. If this seems like a simple plot...

    Pity poor Rachel, for she can never die. 2,000 years ago, she made a pact with a Jewish priest to save the life of her infant son, a pact that she regrets. The book doesn't go through a lot of detail about how this is achieved, but it indicates it was at the time of the AD/BC time ...

  • Shannon Kirk
    Feb 26, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

  • Marika
    Jul 27, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

  • Spencer Miller
    Apr 07, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

    Author Dara Horn?s latest work, ?Eternal Life? considers what it would be like if you could never die. What would life after life after life be like? Protagonist Rachel made a deal with a high priest (what we would consider a deal with the devil) that if her sick son doesn?t di...

    ?You can't have living without dying. So you can't call it living, what we got. We just are, we just be, like rocks beside the road.? - Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting Most of us have dallied with the idea of either living an abnormally long life or living forever. We think ...

  • Erin
    Nov 06, 2017

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

  • Janet Slipak
    Mar 03, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...

    More like 2.5 stars. I read some of this book in February, and read the rest after a long gap, but it's not really why I didn't like the book. My problem is pretty much the same one I have when I read any other book which has a centuries old protagonist, they seem about as old mentally...

    This was a really beautiful story. It was quite a fast read as well, which was actually disappointing when I realised how close I was to the end. ...

    Eternal Life had such a fascinating premise; a young woman named Rachel makes an eternal bond with her baby daddy, Elazar, to save their only son by forfeiting their deaths so their child may live. As a result, Rachel and Elazar can never die. Great idea, right? I was expecting...

    Exceptional! What a novel-- I devoured it and thought about it when I wasn't reading it, the sign of an exceptional 5 star read for me! I was privileged to hear Dara speak about this book earlier this week. Someone asked how the idea of writing this novel came to her. She explained tha...

    If you and your lover were cursed to never be able to die, how would you spend your eternity? Hopefully more wisely and reflectively than the narrator, Rachel. After living thousands of years, loving a procession of husbands and raising dozens of families, she is still obnoxiously as i...

    Rachel is a woman with a problem: she can?t die. Her recent troubles?widowhood, a failing business, an unemployed middle-aged son?are only the latest in a litany spanning dozens of countries, scores of marriages, and hundreds of children. In the 2,000 years since she made a spiri...

  • G
    Jan 25, 2018

    Audiobook.....read by Elizabeth Rogers! The narrator is excellent- and this book is extraordinary. Beautiful writing- totally fascinating. ?The only way this will end is if I die?. Rachel Azaria can?t die. We take a two thousand year voyage with Rachel ? she gives up he...

    I wish I were in a book club specifically to talk about this book. ...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, Jan. 2018 Horn?s latest novel, Eternal Life, follows Rachel, daughter of Azaria, through more 2,000 years of her many lives. Teenage Rachel and her true love, Elazar make a sacred vow to save the life of their first born son, Yochaman, and in doing so, sa...

    Rachel, the 2,000-year-old heroine of Dara Horn?s "Eternal Life," wants to know how to die. A terrible bargain to save her son back in ancient Jerusalem cursed her with a life that never ends. Now Rachel cannot stand ?the absolute loneliness, the bottomless homesick loneliness of y...

    Oftentimes love is forbidden, which makes it even more dangerous. This is the story of Rachel, a young woman living in Roman-occupied Jerusalem who made a disastrous and foolish oath to a temple priest in order to save the life of her child. The price is that neither she, nor the baby'...

    I very rarely write reviews on GR anymore, but this book struck me in such a way that it felt strangely familiar yet very new. Maybe because of the Jewish history woven throughout the book, maybe because of the themes of death and rebirth and parenting that seem to be so prevalent in m...

    When Rachel was very young and foolish, she made a sacred pact to save her son. Rather than her life, though, she sacrificed her death. Thus, Rachel keeps living through the centuries, loving and losing a succession of husbands and children. The only constant is her immortal beloved, w...

    How many mothers would gladly give their life to save their child? When Rachel agrees to give up her death to save her sick son, she doesn?t really understand what that means until she?s burnt to death and wakes up the same age she was when she and her lover to a vow together to sa...

    This is a sweeping look at eternity and the love that binds parents and their child. We make deals with God all the time - in times of despair or just when we need a bit of good luck but would you make a deal to live forever in exchange for God sparing the life of your son. That is exa...

    (UPDATE 3/1): LOOK. YOU JUST NEED TO READ THIS BOOK. I continue to be obsessed with this perfect book. I've already purchased it for three people. I only purchase books for other people if the book IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY. (UPDATE 2/27): Fuller review to come shortly, ke...

    Eternal Life, by Dara Horn, was one of the most interesting novels I have read in a long time. I do not normally choose to read books that include time travel, and I did not know this one would. Had I known, I would not have picked it up, but I am glad that I started to read it, and th...

    I think it would help the reader of Dara Horm's "Eternal Life" is they were both a biblical scholar and a lover of Magical Realism as a writing style. Horn's book basically covers over two thousand years in the life of Rachel, who simply, cannot die. She can be burned to cinders - and ...

    I really enjoyed this book even though it wasn't quite what I anticipated. The transitions back and forth through time were seamlessly done, which is no small thing, and the writing was beautiful. I loved the way the author interwove cultural and historical details. My only small quibb...

    3.5. There were parts of this book I really enjoyed-including the concept. But somewhere along the way, it seemed to dwell on go into large parts (like Rocky's life) that didn't really seem to go with the theme. It seemed disjointed to me. I enjoyed the biblical history parts and the c...

    At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then later chapters reveal the blanks. But by the end I loved it. Tells a big picture story in a small and personal way. ? At first I was put off by the way the story is told - you have to infer and then l...

    Dara Horn may be one of my new favorite authors. I loved this book because the story is just so unusual and original! The entire concept of Rachel's life, and that of her former lover, astounded me. Horn's creativity knows no bounds. All the elements of family, sacrifice, and love, whi...