I had read about this book few months back while surfing the net and had thought to myself – this sounds interesting, before forgetting about it till the time I went to Landmark. They were having their annual sale and I saw this book at 50% of its actual cost. I promptly bought it, along with 5-6 more books, after keeping back the other dozen that I had picked up. Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt is a brilliantly written book.
This book is considered a modern classic, and deservingly so. Through the eyes of a young girl this book explores the concept of immortality. Winnie, the young girl, runs away from her home and meets the Tuck family. This family is unique – all of them are immortal. They had drunk the water from a spring which made them immortal and how each family member perceives their immortality makes for a very compelling read.
At around 130 odd pages (with a big font size), Tuck Everlasting is a very quick read. Although a children’s book, it forces the reader to think. Is immortality really a boon, or is it a curse? After reading, I would say that immortality is a curse.