Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Reincarnation by Suzanne Weyn

Synopsis:
What if...love is stronger than time?
What if...love is stronger than death?

It starts in prehistory. A young man and a young woman fight over a precious jewel. Their time together is short, but the reverberations are lasting. The attraction they feel transcends their deaths. The affinity they feel is eternal.

Years pass. Generations pass. Centuries pass. But fate keeps drawing them together. Whenever their paths cross, there is that strange attraction. That unexplainable affinity. That feeling that they've been together before, even if they can't remember when and they don't understand how.

Theirs is a love haunted by history. From Egyptian slavery to Greek society. From Massachusetts witch trials to Civil War battlefields. From Paris in the 1930s to the present day. Circumstances will fight them...but a greater force will reunite them. Because some people are meant for each other--no matter how long it takes.

Ratings:

Character Development: 9/10
Originality: 10/10
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 10/10
Voice: 10/10
Setting: 10/10
Recommendation: 7/10
Total Score: 64/70

Grade: A+

Age Appropriate?

Cussing: Not very frequently at all.
Alcohol, Drugs, etc: Nothing underage or illegal.
Sexual Content: Not really.
Disturbing Images/Violence: Some graphic war scenes

Review:

What an interesting read! Reincarnation is definitely one of the most unique and original books I have ever read. Throughout the entire story, the reader doesn't have a name for the two main characters. They are known as Kye and May, as Taharaq and Tetisheri, as Bert and Delilah, as Lou and John. All sorts of characters, all different in so many ways, yet all, essentially, the same. One particularly captivating detail was to watch how each life changed them and manifested itself in their next reincarnations.

I found it fascinating how Weyn wove the stories together, using chapters alternating between storytelling, one character's death, and "On the Wheel of Rebirth" chapters, describing their many in-between lives. Each individual story has its own plot, its own setting, that would require immense work to accomplish. Yet Weyn manages in a masterful, beautiful way. I shudder to think how much research a project like this involved.

I want to go on and on about how intricate the story is, how incredible the parallels between each life. I could talk for ages about this, but I want to pinpoint one thing: the voice(s). Weyn's sense of voice is so accurate, it was easy to distinguish the characters and--more importantly--the time. The final chapter is so vastly different from the first, but the transition is made with over two hundred pages of reincarnation after reincarnation, each with a unique voice suiting to that period and the character.

Though sometimes confusing, I would consider this book a masterpiece. Suzanne Weyn is a literary genius. Read it.

10 comments:

  1. I need to read this book. Immediately.

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  2. I loved this book! It was definitely unique! I'm glad you enjoyed it as well.

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  3. I love the plot line and the cover is stunning. I've been wanting to read this book for a while. I'm so happy to know that it's actually good!

    -Briana

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  4. My God. This book sounds amazing!! It sounds very intriguing and I love the plot of this!! I'm glad that you enjoyed it!

    I can't wait until this comes out!!!

    -Bianca

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  5. I adore Suzanne Weyn (I have ever since I read Secret of the Unicorn Queen) and after the Barcode books I was was so happy to find out about this. Its so on my list to buy!

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  6. I read this book ages ago, and though a little confusing at times, I also found it fascinating. There were some stories I never wanted to finish!

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  8. Anirudh Kumar SatsangiJuly 13, 2009 at 1:03 AM

    Rebirth is ‘YES’. I know about my previous birth. My most Revered Guru of my previous life His Holiness Maharaj Sahab, 3rd Spiritual Head of Radhasoami Faith had revealed this secret to me during trance like state.
    HE told me, “Tum Sarkar Sahab Ho” (You are Sarkar Sahab). Sarkar Sahab was one of the most beloved disciple of His Holiness Maharj Sahab.

    Since I don’t have any direct realization of it so I can not claim the extent of its correctness. But it seems to be correct. During my previous birth I wanted to sing the song of ‘Infinite’ but I could not do so then since I had to leave the mortal frame at a very early age. But through the unbounded Grace and Mercy of my most Revered Guru that desire of my past birth is being fulfilled now.

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  9. Yay! Glad to see you gave this such a good review. I picked this up recently at a Scholastic book sale.

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  10. I'm just reading this book right now! The cover awkward but the writing on each page is spectacular!!

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