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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August (Inglés) Tapa blanda – 28 ago 2014

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Utterly readable, utterly believable and compelling . . . one of the fiction highlights of the decade (Judy Finnigan, Richard and Judy Book Club)

Beautiful and gripping (GUARDIAN)

The writing is impeccable . . Plus Harry is a fascinating main character . . . And if his next 15 lives are half as eventful, we look forward to the sequel (HEAT)

A masterful literary thriller (io9)

An astonishing re-invention of the time-travel narrative. Bold, magical and masterful (M. R. Carey, author of THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS)

I don't say this lightly but The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is one of the top ten books I've ever read (James Dashner, bestselling author of THE MAZE RUNNER)

Gripping (SUN)

This wonderful novel, narrated by Harry, ranges back and forth in time as he recounts episodes from his various lives, but it's all held together by a compelling mystery involving nothing less than the end of the world itself . . . Beautifully written and structured . . . a remarkable book (BOOKLIST)

North builds her clever conceit into an emotionally satisfying novel (NEW SCIENTIST)

Every bit as good as its title. (And, to avoid ambiguity, I love the title.) (WEEKEND HERALD)

Grabs you from the first page; it crackles along at a rollicking pace . . . unputdownable (THE SATURDAY PAPER)

A truly extraordinary novel: an impeccable portrait of a friendship tortured by time in which masterful character and fantastic narrative come together to tremendous effect (TOR.COM)

Terrific, smart and entertaining (Patrick Ness)

Claire North's sophisticated writing and astute plotting have made this my book of the year (Peter F. Hamilton)

A thoughtful and considered time-travel novel, shocking twists and, most important of all, a beautiful character. Harry August will break your heart fifteen times (Jared Shurin)

A brave, genre-defying novel, which is mind-blowing in its originality and bold concept . . . Stunning! (NOVELICIOUS)

Part unique and intriguing mystery, part philosophical look at life, memory and time travel this story kept me totally gripped from the opening words to the mind-blowing finale (BITE THE BOOK)

The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August is an extraordinary novel, as the publicity has promised (THE SPECULATIVE SCOTSMAN)

An extraordinary book . . . an impressive piece of work. (Upcoming4me)

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*** Featured in the Richard and Judy Book Club ***
*** Featured in the Waterstones Book Club ***
*** Featured on BBC Radio 2 Book Club ***

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.


Also by Claire North

Novels:
Touch
The Sudden Appearance of Hope (coming May 2016)

Digital novellas:
The Serpent: Gameshouse Novella 1
The Thief: Gameshouse Novella 2
The Master: Gameshouse Novella 3

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Detalles del producto

  • Tapa blanda: 448 páginas
  • Editor: Orbit; Edición: 2014 edition (28 de agosto de 2014)
  • Idioma: Inglés
  • ISBN-10: 0356502589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0356502588
  • Valoración media de los clientes: 4.5 de un máximo de 5 estrellas  Ver todas las opiniones (2 opiniones de clientes)
  • Clasificación en los más vendidos de Amazon: nº43.632 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros (Ver el Top 100 en Libros en idiomas extranjeros)
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Formato: Tapa blanda
Increíble y creativa historia que se cuenta en primera persona y tomando diferentes y simultáneas líneas de tiempo. La narrativa captura al lector durante todo el tiempo. A pesar de ser una historia de ficción total, sobre aquellos que regresan a su vida original después de la muerte, el lector entiende la racionalidad de los hechos que se están produciendo de forma consecutiva. Al final, la novela termina con una conclusión muy clara y comprensible que da sentido a todo. La historia se construye a partir de los pensamientos y los recuerdos del personaje principal, por lo que es fácil de comprender desde el principio de que él sobrevive a todos los problemas que sufre.
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Muy bien escrito. La verdad es que el tema esta muy bien tratado, aunque a veces, se pierde entre las diferentes vidas. Me gusto mucho.
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Amazon.com: 4.4 de un máximo de 5 estrellas 867 opiniones
9 de 9 personas piensan que la opinión es útil
5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Wasn't sure about this one, but now I can't stop thinking about it 3 de septiembre de 2016
Por Briana Conly - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
I don't really understand the reviews that said this book was slow-paced -- I read it in a single week and had a tough time putting it down. For a book about a man who is literally immortal, this book actually moves along at a decent clip.

First, the bad: I will say that, at points, this book gets caught up in its own brilliance and comes across as a little pretentious and heavy-handed. At other times the author seemed to deliberately choose the most confusing possible way of getting an idea across, and a few pages I had to reread several times to understand (most of Vincent's conversations with Harry, especially at the beginning, were this way). Some of the more emotionally weighty moments were given a bit TOO much weight and, rather than being memorable in the way of a beautiful view, are instead memorable in the way of getting slapped rather sluggishly with a wet towel.

That said, I was so enraptured that, when I finished this book and realized it was nearly five-hundred pages, I was stunned, because it hadn't felt nearly so long. It takes a while to get going -- the first half of the book is world-building and exposition, but done so exquisitely and with such originality that I found that I didn't really care where it was going, only that I was along for the ride. The book regains its focus at about the halfway point, where all of the exposition from the first half suddenly clicks into place -- I feel the ending of the book would not have been nearly so powerful had the author not taken as much time in the beginning to give her story weight.

What I dismissed in the beginning as a failure to explain the mechanics of her world was instead a vital piece of Harry's moral struggle -- we don't know how the kalachakra work, but neither does he, and what is the price of finding out? Similarly, scenes whose point I did not understand turned out to be vitally important for Harry's development and decision-making -- anything involving Phearson, for example -- and because of these scenes, Harry is remarkably well-developed for a character who spends half the book pretending to be a blank slate.

The characters are very complex, the plot is complicated but fairly easy to understand, the world is wonderfully strange. There's so much to chew on in this book, and quite a lot to parse, both thematically and narratively. This book comes together at the end so beautifully that I was tempted to immediately start a second read-through just to put it all together a bit better. It has its rough points, and perhaps could have been streamlined better, but the overall experience was so exquisite that I have to give it five stars.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Good read and thought provoking 20 de junio de 2015
Por Cindy V - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
What if there were people among us who were on their fifth or sixth life? Claire North delves into this idea in The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August.

Harry August is someone who has had multiple lifetimes. Known as kalachakras, the circumstances of their birth are always the same. They don’t realize they’re different from 'linear people' during that first life. It’s during the second one, when they’re born again with all the memories of their prior life, that they start to notice.

As Harry lies dying at the end of his 11th life, he receives a message from another kalachakra, passed between generations and lifetimes from a thousand years forward: “The world is ending, as it always must. But the end of the world is getting faster.” One or more kalachakras had tampered with events and hastened the end of the world. Harry goes searching through time--and several lifetimes--to find who was responsible and to stop them.

I liked this book, although it was not what I expected, I thought it would be a light, maybe whimsical book about adventures Harry encountered as he experienced multiple lives. Instead, it was a dark, complex, philosophical story. What is the point of me? Harry asked himself. “When I am optimistic, I choose to believe that every life I lead, every choice I make, has consequences. That I am not one Harry August but many, a mind flicking from parallel life to parallel life, and that when I die, the world carries on without me, altered by my deeds, marked by my presence.” Many of us question the point of our lives, and we have only one to live. How would we behave if we had more than one?

The author is successful at making her premise plausible, and has a good writing style. She smoothly switched between Harry’s different lifetimes in a way that carried the story forward. I recommend this book to readers who enjoy a good story that provides food for thought.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Made My Top 10 of All Time List 4 de septiembre de 2015
Por B. Callahan - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Versión Kindle Compra verificada
I browsed over The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August several times before I finally pulled the trigger on it. And I'm so glad I did. What an adventure! It is rare these days to find a story told as stories are meant to be told, in a way that pulls you in and connects you to the characters. I very much enjoyed following Harry through his various lives and the author does a masterful job of balancing several story lines (each of Harry's lives!) which she sometimes jumps between. The writing was beautiful and I was truly sad that it was over when I reached the last page. I highly recommend this book to those with a love of literature. If you are looking for an easy read with little substance, move on. This is a complex read but an enjoyable one, and a book to be appreciated.
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4.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas much like Rice’s vampires after they have lived a few centuries 28 de febrero de 2017
Por Tom Feller - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa blanda Compra verificada
premise but with a twist. The title character is the bastard son of an English lord and a kitchen maid who was born on January 1, 1919. The maid died giving birth, but the boy is adopted by the lord’s gamekeeper and his wife. August lives a long life but after his death he finds himself reborn as exactly the same person at the same place and time with all of his memories intact. In his third life, he finds people in the same predicament as him and joins a secret society known as the Cronus Club. They also call themselves “Ourobourans” and “Kalichakrans” and have learned to pass information both to the past and to the future. The story is told in first person in a non-linear manner, and August has gone through fifteen lives up to that point. The plot is full of twists and is hard to put down when you get to the last hundred pages.
Two aspects of this novel reminded me of Anne Rice’s Interview with the Vampire. The more lives August experiences the more detached he becomes from ordinary human emotions, and his nemesis and friend Victor, another Ourobouran, has already become a complete sociopath, much like Rice’s vampires after they have lived a few centuries. Also, the first few years after he is reborn, while he is physically a child, he is emotionally an old man, like Rice’s vampire Claudia, who became a vampire as a child.
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5.0 de un máximo de 5 estrellas Claire North Has a Winner in "Harry August" 20 de marzo de 2017
Por Joseph Clift - Publicado en Amazon.com
Formato: Tapa dura Compra verificada
I tried this one out in hardcover (as with most of my purchases) and it's a keeper!
This book will be right there next to my other like-minded tomes such as Ken Grimwood's "Replay" and "Breakthrough". This is not a time-travel story per se, but a saga of reincarnation and the choices we (even we "linears") all make in our lives that affect the future - of everything.
The chapters are short and to the point. No back-and forth timeline shenanigans to muck up the story and force one to go back and re-read previous sections to remember or clarify what happened previously.
The narrative is engaging, well-organized, and holds your attention to the very end. I recommend this book to anyone who likes Grimwood, Finney, or Matheson - Claire North doesn't disappoint.