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L'immortalite will live with me forever
on September 6, 2013
It's been awhile since I've read a book where I got angry with my life for getting in the way of me finishing a book in one sitting.
I was amazed at how Mr. Heinan put as much detail as he did into such a compact book. I have never been to New Orleans and the pictures and his ability to describe scene helped me to understand the physical, emotional, and mental settings of the story.
I hadn't heard of Delphine Lalaurie or Marie Laveau before reading L'immortalite. After reading it I want to know more of the history and rumor surrounding both women.
One would assume the book would focus on just the two women and the other characters would be flat, but I felt I knew all of the other characters surrounding the legend as well as madam Lalaurie and Marie Laveau, no matter how minor the character seemed to be.
The grizzly detail of the legend, the horrific acts, and the way T.R. Heinan described them sent chills up my spine. I found myself cringing from fear and anxiety, but unable to stop reading...Constantly cheering on another main character, Phillipe Bertrand.
Following Phillipe's journey of self-discovery and watching him grow from a cowardice person to a heroic figure folded in well with the more obvious plot of the book.
I was enthralled with the clash and harmony of voodoo and Catholicism. One would think that these two should not coincide or even mix, but Marie Laveau made it make sense.
The blend of history and legend, mystery, grousomeness, religion, and internal/external struggle makes this an enticing read!