Publisher: Square Fish
Publishing date: 2015
It's August and the weather is unbeareby hot. Winnie Foster is playing in the garden from where she can see a forbidden forest, that has been in possesion of her family for many a generation. She doesn't know the story behind it and is not much interested to learn it. Until she meets this family of Tuck's, which seems to be connected to this forest. They are the most peculiar people who tell her amzing stories. She quckly starts to feel attached to them and therefore wants to protect them, when they finally share their secret with her. The Tuck family is immortal and they could make her to be dethless as well, had she decided she wanted to live with them. But it's much more complicated a decision to make than it could seem...
"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."
I remember exactly the first time I've come to realize that all people, even I and my Daddy who was sitting in a driver's seat beside me, once expire. I was about the same age as Winnie and I felt shocked. Obviously, I knew by that time that people die, but somehow it wasn't something that I would take personally. Until that moment in a car. Had I been able to read this novel in that age, I'm sure it would have helped me a lot. Another moment came when I was living in London far from my family, when I suddenly wasn't able to stop thinking about death. I was reminded about it by pretty much everything. Especially books. Because I knew I wouldn't have a chance to read as many as I would like to before my time is up. Death is a natuaral part of our lives, but surely thinking about it all the time isn't natural. In fact, I think it's some kind of a depression. And I certainly was battling with it quite a lot...
"Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life.
You don't have to live forever, you just have to live."
Tuck Everlasting is a book that helped me to look at the matter from a different perspective. Natalie Babbitt had written a story about a family who is left alone because of their inability to die. And it was the saddest thing of all. To fear death when you have many loving people around you is certainly something entirely different than to face it all alone. Perhaps, in that case, to die would be a relieve. For who would want to live a lonely life for ever. But even though this book was discussing death, mostly it was about the life itself. Natalie Babbitt described the scenery of one hot summer with the most delightful words. She also captured the feelings of every character most precisely. She made me fall in love with them and feel for them very passionately. Tuck Everlasting is a beautiful and compelling story, which one simply cannot forget...