The time it was about Tuck Everlasting

Posted January 3, 2015 by Stacee in Blog Tours and Hops, Book Promo / 8 Comments

When I got the invitation to join the blog tour for the 40th anniversary edition of Tuck Everlasting, I definitely said yes.  I never got around to read it when I was younger — I was reading Stephen King and Dean Koontz, so I was really intrigued to see what it was all about.

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Before we get to the question and my answer, let’s check out the book!

Tuck Everlasting 40th Anniv_Cover ImageBlessed with—or doomed to—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 of a blessing than it might seem. Complications arise when Winnie is followed by a stranger who wants to market the spring water for a fortune.

A brand-new introduction from Gregory Maguire, the author of Wicked, and additional bonus materials make this special edition of Natalie Babbitt’s Tuck Everlasting a must-have for lovers of the book and a great way to introduce a new generation to a classic.

For the post, we were given this question to answer: what if you could live forever?

It was interesting to see the different opinions that the Tuck family had.  Jesse was all for it, Miles was striving to find purpose, while Mae and Tuck knew it was wrong.  Even still, I was pretty sure what Winnie’s decision would be.

And then when Jesse says:

“Why heck, Winnie, life’s to enjoy yourself, isn’t it? What else is it good for? That’s what I say. And you and me, we could have a good time that never, never stopped.  Wouldn’t that be something?” {pg. 72}

I was totally sold.  For Winnie and for me!

I’ll be completely honest: I’ve always been enamored with the idea of living forever.  Vampires aside, I’ve firmly believed that as long as you had someone you cared about with you, it would be the greatest thing.

And so, what would I do if I could live forever? My number one answer will forever and always be travel.  There’s a great big world out there and I want to see almost all of it.  Sure, there are some places I don’t care to go, but to be able to have the time to see everything? Count me in.  My only concern would be money. Can we just throw in an Alice so she can watch the stock market and make us comfortable? Living forever while struggling to make ends meet sounds horrid.

I imagine that I would need to find purpose eventually, but I can safely say that I would happily spend countless years exploring the 20 most beautiful bookstores. And Hubs will be there to help me carry my purchases!

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Huge thanks to Macmillan for the invite.  The 40th anniversary edition of Tuck Everlasting releases January 20th and you can pre-order it here.  Like the blog tour banner says, this tour is happening over 40 days.  Various bloggers will be answering the same question.  To see how everyone else answers, follow along on social media with #Tuck40th

And now, tell me…would you want to live forever?

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8 Responses to “The time it was about Tuck Everlasting”

  1. I vaguely remember this book (and the subsequent movie) from when I was younger, but I think I’ll have to read it again. I remember liking it quite a bit, which is saying something for a book I had to read for school.

    That being said…I don’t think I would want to live forever. I mean, I don’t know, maybe if I was stuck in time like the Tucks—I guess I’d be willing to be 25 forever—but definitely not if I was going to actually *age*, you know? I don’t want to feel (or look!) like I’m 200 years old! Honestly, I feel like things would get a little boring, and money would definitely be an issue because you’d have to keep switching jobs/careers or else people would get suspicious. Plus, I get tired if I don’t get 8+ hours of sleep…I think if I were to have to go on living forever I would just be utterly exhausted all the time.

    Also, would it only be me? Would I be leaving my husband, parents, siblings, and friends behind? If so, then no, I definitely wouldn’t want to live forever. And consider being 200 years old in a 25-year-old’s body—you’d *never* be able to relate to people your “own age,” because they’re not really your age, and you’ll have had so many more experiences and be so much more mature than they are. It would be a very lonely life, I think.

    It’s really an interesting question, and probably deserves more thought than I just put into it, but I still think I’m going to have to go with no, I would absolutely not want to live forever.

    • Stacee

      All valid points! You’ve definitely made me second guess my decision to live forever…but, I think I’d still go with it.

      Thanks for reading and commenting!

  2. I really love this book. I don’t think I could live forever. It sounds nice in theory, especially with all the travel I could do. But there would be so much loss. Everyone I know would die while I just went on living. I don’t think I could deal with that.

  3. I definitely need to read this. It is like The Neverending Story; I loved the movie and have never read the book. Someone should do a reading challenge for people to read the books of movies they have seen, if they havent.

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