I’m so excited to be involved in this blog tour for Tuck Everlasting. I somehow had gone my entire life without reading this book until I got invited to participate in the 40th Anniversary Edition (on sale January 20th). I read this short yet eloquent novel in one sitting and wondered how I’d missed this for so many years. I’ve also never seen any movies based on this classic. But Rory Gilmore is in one–winning!
Granted, this looks more young adult than middle grade but it’s going on my to watch list. Though Tuck Everlasting was released 40 years ago the main question Natalie Babbitt posed to readers –would you want to live forever– still resonates as strongly today as then.
If you’ve not read Tuck Everlasting here’s the summary:
Doomed to – or blessed with – eternal life after drinking from a magic spring, the Tuck family wanders about trying to live as inconspicuously and comfortably as they can. When ten-year-old Winnie Foster stumbles on their secret, the Tucks take her home and explain why living forever at one age is less a blessing that it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.
It took no time at all for me to answer if I’d want to partake of eternal youth and immortality…
I have never been attracted to the idea of being immortal. In my life I’ve watched my grandparents age and suffered the loss of loved ones. So much heartache and I’ve not been around all that long. I can’t fathom how it would feel to watch all of those around me pass from this world. If I had access to the fountain of youth it would be tempting to have those I love drink as well so that we can all become stagnant and not age or change. I’d not want that either. I want to change and wake up everyday a bit different. I want to experience the changes that time and natural aging produce.
Yes, if you lived forever you could watch how society changed, technology enhanced and there’s no telling what else you’d experience. I immediately think of the other immortals throughout literature and popular fiction…vampires, Highlander, the Doctor…the list goes on. Each of their stories centers around their eternal loneliness, pain and isolation. I imagine there would be highlights but nothing would make it worth it for me.
I love that Tuck Everlasting presented the eternal question of immortality and what it means to lose and love. Such a small novel packs a huge punch and is worth reading today as much as when it was written.
Look for the Special 40th Anniversary edition
of Tuck Everlasting
including an introduction by
Wicked author Gregory Maguire
on sale January 20th
What do you think-if you had the ability to live forever would you take it?