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Tuck Everlasting - Natalie Babbitt

I didn't read Tuck Everlasting as a child, though it is geared as a children's book, in fact I'd never even heard of it til it popped up on my Goodreads recommendations and I then stumbled across it in a secondhand bookstore (they do wonders for me!). It's not very long, only about 135 pages, and it only took me a train ride to the city to read it, but that does not make it any less impressive!

I don't know what it was that so struck me about this book. I loved the descriptions, which painted a beautiful picture but weren't overdone. I loved the characters - the Tucks and Winnie - the Tucks for their selfishness and their sadness, Winnie for her curiousity, her fierce loyalty, her willingness to help when she realised what was at stake.

I couldn't help but wonder how the Tucks would perceive this world now, this fast paced world of technology and progress, as compared to the world in the early 1800s when they would have first realised that they would live forever. I wonder what they would think. Would it make them happy? Would they be disappointed at the way humans so carelessly treat their lives and this planet? Just a thought to ponder.