The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, by Claire North

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Genre: Fiction, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Historical Fiction

Read from: 27 – 28 August 2015

**spoiler alert**

What the actual f? This book is just so amazing! Bring on all the great historical fiction! Everything about this book is everything that I like from a fiction. I kid you not, everything! The fact that this book hooked me from its first chapter is just amazing; the first chapter is like the promise of a great story.

I love the narration! The fact that the main character has been living in this world for hundreds of years (albeit by reliving it over and over again) is something that is not a miss. Wait, what do I mean by that? I mean, the narration of the story felt real; like you can just tell that this is a story being told by a man of hundreds of years. How the story flows and the narration moves is something that made me refuse to stop reading (come on, I only took two days to finish this book, that’s gotta tell you something, right?)

Eventually I stop myself at chapter 29 for fear that I would just gobble the entire book in one single sitting; I refuse to end such a great book in one sitting. I want to immerse myself with the story, I want to be in the world of this story and not letting it go just because I enjoy reading it so much. What I notice about the story is that as the chapter progresses, the story just got crazier and crazier; a good kind of crazy though. Oh my God! Even days after I finish this book, I am still in lost for words, I can’t seem to be coherent enough to explain how amazing this book is.

Anyway, by chapter 47, I am legit anxious as to how the story would end. What’s so great about this book and its story is that, you really can’t guess how the story ends. Of course you have your own set of thoughts at how you want the story to ends, but you can’t guess it at all (well, not unless you’ve reached the last two chapters, which basically already is the end of the book) because the story uses a lot of back and forth setting (surprisingly, I have no problem with it.)

Fascinating thing about the Kalachakra or Ouroboran is that these guys gets to live their lives over and over again without having to lose the memories of their previous lives (bearing in mind that they did not go through a Forgetting, but this wont be the case if you are a Mnemonic as you would never, as in never, forgets anything!). Oh, you think that would be boring? Are you kidding me? Of course not! Think about how many books you can read, how many languages you can learn, how many professions you can try, how many choices in lives you can make! Although, now that I think about it, if I were an Ouroboran in this era, I might be a bit torn as to whether or not I would like it. In one side, I like the fact that in this era there are more books than the era of yesterdays, but at the same time the state of the world in this era is a bit too depressing for me.

Either way, this concept about being able to live one’s life over and over again is of something of an interest for me. Even though a somewhat similar premise can also be found in Kate Atkinson’s ‘Life After Life’, ‘The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August’ took it a step further by giving them the ability to retain their memories from their previous lives, while in ‘Life After Life’ the memories of their previous lives felt like a deja vu. Their take on the story was also different, as Claire North took the repercussions of the existence of the ouroboran could affect the grand scale of world’s history while Kate Atkinson focuses more on family. Both are definitely a favourites though!

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