15 lives of harry august review
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire NorthSome stories cannot be told in just one lifetime. Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. I nearly missed you, Doctor August, she says. I need to send a message. This is the story of what Harry does next, and what he did before, and how he tries to save a past he cannot change and a future he cannot allow.
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August Review
It's pretty rare to find a book like The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire North — a page-turning thriller that packs a ton of clever plot twists and world-building that you just want to lose yourself in, but also immerses you deeply in questions of what it means to be alive, and the nature of time and selfhood. Harry August has sort of the same set-up as the also-great Life After Life by Kate Atkinson: the main character dies and is reborn, over and over again, as the same person in the same life.
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It won the John W. Harry August was born in the women's washroom of Berwick-upon-Tweed station in , leads an unremarkable life and dies in hospital in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in He then finds himself born again back in in the same circumstances, gaining the knowledge of his earlier life at an early age. He learns he is an Ouroboran or Kalachakra and is destined to be reborn again and again. He is not alone and is soon contacted by the Cronus Club, an organization of similarly affected members, who look after him in childhood in subsequent lives. In later lives, Harry studies biology, chemistry, and physics. With knowledge from previous lives, he easily becomes a professor of physics at the University of Cambridge , where he meets an intelligent undergraduate student named Vincent Rankis.
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Alternate history is becoming personal. - This was a fantastic story, one that deals with complex elements such as time and passing messages through time, while presenting them in a literary fashion. The story follows Harry August, a man who is born in , lives through numerous big events throughout history, and then usually dies around due to lung disease unless he dies through misadventure first.