Forum Navigation: Forum Index » Book of the Month » Book of the month » Discuss "The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959)" by David J Castello

Want FREE books and FREE Amazon gift cards?

Each day we announce via email a book that is either FREE or on a temporary sale at a great discount price. These are not your average free books. These are incredible insider deals on well-rated books. OnlineBookClub.org is where tomorrow's bestsellers are born. We also give away over $1,000 per month of free Amazon gift cards in free daily giveaways, exclusively to those signed up to these announcements! Hurry, sign up free now:

Sorry, this proves you are human.

Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Discuss the February 2017 Book of the Month, The Diary of an Immortal by David J Castello.

Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#1 by MarisaRose
» 03 Feb 2017, 09:04

We always say that youth is wasted on the young because young people tend to act recklessly due to unrealistic feelings of invincibility. If you were immortal, do you think the fact that you have A LOT more living to do would cause you to be overly cautious in life because there would be a lot more life at stake? Would this hinder your ability to make a difference? Would you really enjoy your immortality?
"No two persons ever read the same book." -Edmund Wilson
MarisaRose's Latest Review: "Fresh Passion" by Michael D. Brown
User avatar
MarisaRose
 
Posts: 554
Joined: 03 Sep 2016, 15:34
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 128 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 160%

Did you know?
 
Once you join the forums and log in you will get to enjoy a very ad-reduced experience. It's easy and completely free!

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#2 by Wasif Ahmed
» 03 Feb 2017, 10:24

Well, for one thing I don't want to be immortal. If somehow I do become immortal, then I think that I will enjoy it initially. Knowing that one has all the time in the world and that one can do anything is definitely exciting. But overtime I will, just like any other immortal, get bored and wish that death takes me away.
When people say you've changed, it just means that you have stopped living your life, their way.
Wasif Ahmed's Latest Review: "The Color Of Murder" by Loretta Moore
User avatar
Wasif Ahmed
 
Posts: 642
Joined: 19 Sep 2016, 22:00
Location: Someplace.
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Currently Reading: Raven's Peak
Bookshelf Size: 102 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device:
2017 Reading Goal: 200 Books
Goal Completion: 22%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#3 by Elaine5
» 03 Feb 2017, 12:35

No! I enjoy life but I don't have any trouble imagining a time when I will be just plain tired of it all. I do try to live life with no regrets and I think I will come to a point when I'm perfectly OK with leaving it all behind. Not there yet though!
Elaine5's Latest Review: "You Don't know Jack" by Don Ross
User avatar
Elaine5
 
Posts: 199
Joined: 19 Aug 2016, 15:58
Location: Western Quebec, Canada
Currently Reading: Great Expectations
Bookshelf Size: 43 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 0 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#4 by gali
» 03 Feb 2017, 12:45

If somehow I became immortal, I would be able to enjoy it as long as my family is at my side. I will live as I live now.
In the case of good books, the point is not to see how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you." (Mortimer J. Adler)
gali's Latest Review: "Enough Rope" by P.L. Doss
User avatar
gali
Site Admin
 
Posts: 22737
Joined: 22 Oct 2013, 07:12
Location: Lost in a good book
Favorite Author: Agatha Christie
Favorite Book: Pride and Prejudice
Currently Reading: The End of the World Running Club
Bookshelf Size: 1611 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 38%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#5 by noorsawhney
» 04 Feb 2017, 07:03

I don't believe I would be able to enjoy it; it wouldn't make much of a difference earlier on in life but later, I don't think I could stand everyone I loved dying while I just lived on. I feel like I'd do what many immortal people do in books - be alone and try not to make connections with many other people because I wouldn't be able to stand knowing that inevitably they would die as well.
noorsawhney's Latest Review: "Between Two Fires" by Toni Williams
User avatar
noorsawhney
 
Posts: 24
Joined: 27 Jan 2016, 15:51
Location: UK
Currently Reading: The Aeneid English
Bookshelf Size: 166 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 50 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#6 by Sarah_Khan
» 04 Feb 2017, 15:42

If I ever became immortal then I think I would enjoy it a lot at first. I would do a bunch of scary things that I wouldn't have done before like sky diving. I also think it would change the way I view my family. Instead of worrying about my education and my career, I would spend more time with them and be more patient, because I know for a fact that I will outlive them and that I have the rest of my immortal life to think about myself.
But sooner rather than later, the joy of experiencing things for the first time would wear off and also it would really suck having to experience/enjoy things by yourself.
User avatar
Sarah_Khan
 
Posts: 561
Joined: 27 Jan 2016, 11:56
Favorite Book: Gone With the Wind
Currently Reading: Surrender, New York
Bookshelf Size: 257 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 88 Books
Goal Completion: 19%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#7 by Julie Ditton
» 04 Feb 2017, 20:58

I think that I would enjoy it immensely. As Sarah_Kahn just mentioned, I would be a bit more of a daredevil and I would be able to spend time on family while I can, knowing that there will be time for me later. I would later enjoy traveling and move to New York or London with a big theatre scene. For a while I could just excuse my appearance with plastic surgery. Although it would be a pain to be forever "mature", instead of forever young.
"Oh honestly, don't you two read?"

-Hermione Granger in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer 's Stone
by J.K. Rowling
Julie Ditton's Latest Review: "Sorry and Morticum" by Charles Stoll
User avatar
Julie Ditton
 
Posts: 159
Joined: 21 Dec 2016, 14:02
Location: Indiana
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Parts 1 & 2
Currently Reading: The Bone Collection
Bookshelf Size: 789 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Fire HDX 8.9
2017 Reading Goal: 150 Books
Goal Completion: 5%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#8 by MarisaRose
» 05 Feb 2017, 08:28

noorsawhney wrote:I don't believe I would be able to enjoy it; it wouldn't make much of a difference earlier on in life but later, I don't think I could stand everyone I loved dying while I just lived on. I feel like I'd do what many immortal people do in books - be alone and try not to make connections with many other people because I wouldn't be able to stand knowing that inevitably they would die as well.


I agree completely! I don't think I would ever be able to enjoy a connection with another human being knowing they would only be in my life for a very short period of time (relatively speaking). And I think at first, being alone may not be a bad thing, but overtime it would just be incredibly sad and difficult to want to do new things.
"No two persons ever read the same book." -Edmund Wilson
MarisaRose's Latest Review: "Fresh Passion" by Michael D. Brown
User avatar
MarisaRose
 
Posts: 554
Joined: 03 Sep 2016, 15:34
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 128 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 25 Books
Goal Completion: 160%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#9 by Wasif Ahmed
» 05 Feb 2017, 19:21

Sarah_Khan wrote:If I ever became immortal then I think I would enjoy it a lot at first. I would do a bunch of scary things that I wouldn't have done before like sky diving. I also think it would change the way I view my family. Instead of worrying about my education and my career, I would spend more time with them and be more patient, because I know for a fact that I will outlive them and that I have the rest of my immortal life to think about myself.
But sooner rather than later, the joy of experiencing things for the first time would wear off and also it would really suck having to experience/enjoy things by yourself.

Yes. But an immortal can definitely find friends amongst mortals. So you wouldn't have to be alone.
When people say you've changed, it just means that you have stopped living your life, their way.
Wasif Ahmed's Latest Review: "The Color Of Murder" by Loretta Moore
User avatar
Wasif Ahmed
 
Posts: 642
Joined: 19 Sep 2016, 22:00
Location: Someplace.
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Currently Reading: Raven's Peak
Bookshelf Size: 102 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device:
2017 Reading Goal: 200 Books
Goal Completion: 22%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#10 by EmperorOfBooks
» 05 Feb 2017, 22:19

I feel like, for the first couple hundred years, I would be fascinated with the advancement of human technology. But one things started going downhill, in this case meaning everything I cared about is gone, I'd start hating the fact that I was still alive when all I wanted to do was rest in peace once and for all.
EmperorOfBooks's Latest Review: "The Banned Book about Love" by Scott Hughes
User avatar
EmperorOfBooks
 
Posts: 94
Joined: 02 Feb 2017, 19:16
Currently Reading: the wicked will rise
Bookshelf Size: 22 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle (E-Ink)
2017 Reading Goal: 1 Books
Goal Completion: 1100%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#11 by Guppy
» 06 Feb 2017, 04:55

Caution in interactions with others would be necessary as an immortal, since you would live to see the consequences stretched over infinite time scales. Still though most immortals in fiction are reckless at some point as they test their immortality.

Making a difference is a lot like finding a purpose, and I think that would be the key to enjoying immortality. That being said it is also an important part of enjoying normal life.
Guppy's Latest Review: "Merry Mariner" by A.K.Girisam
User avatar
Guppy
 
Posts: 107
Joined: 06 Nov 2016, 21:54
Currently Reading:
Bookshelf Size: 24 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 20 Books
Goal Completion: 0%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#12 by Natalie Charlene
» 06 Feb 2017, 05:13

Choosing whether or not to be immortal has got my head spinning! I can't help but look at both sides of it. However, if I did choose it, or if it just happened to me, I would do my absolute best to enjoy it. I am hoping that I would be able to watch people grow. A lot of progress has already happened in my lifetime, and I would like to watch that trend grow.

The other side of me, though, realizes the extreme loss that I would have to go through watching all of my friends and family die. Those would be very difficult times. I think being immortal would be somewhat like regular life--sometimes you love it and sometimes you hate it.
User avatar
Natalie Charlene
 
Posts: 19
Joined: 15 Jul 2016, 23:08
Currently Reading: The New Human Rights Movement
Bookshelf Size: 26 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 36 Books
Goal Completion: 69%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#13 by hsimone
» 07 Feb 2017, 13:18

If I was immortal, I would try to enjoy life as much as I am doing now. I wouldn't be more reckless, but I would definitely want to make sure I travel the world and experience things that I have never experienced. This is, of course, if I can have my husband by my side the entire time. If not, then I have no interest in being immortal. I think I would get very lonely overtime.
"Love is patient, love is kind." -1 Corinthians 13:4
hsimone's Latest Review: "Lemoncella Cocktail" by Rene Natan
Publishing Contest ~ 27 Votes ~ View hsimone's Entry
User avatar
hsimone
Lilimaster of Bookshelves
 
Posts: 4006
Joined: 17 Jul 2015, 20:19
Location: Snuggling with a Book :)
Favorite Author: J.K. Rowling
Favorite Book: Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Currently Reading: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Bookshelf Size: 373 books

View Reviewer Page
Reading Device: Kindle Paperwhite
2017 Reading Goal: 140 Books
Goal Completion: 37%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#14 by bookfix_blog
» 10 Feb 2017, 16:54

No, I want to live then let to peace, not have to keep reliving the same life over generations. You wouldn't appreciate people as much if you were never to lose them.
User avatar
bookfix_blog
 
Posts: 149
Joined: 26 Aug 2015, 09:34
Location: Houston, Texas
Currently Reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Bookshelf Size: 318 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 100 Books
Goal Completion: 2%

Re: Would you be able to enjoy immortality?

Post Number:#15 by CatInTheHat
» 15 Feb 2017, 20:52

I can't imagine watching the people I love die,,,,,, and then the next set dies, and so on. Nor can I imagine knowing the mistakes they are all making as well as the outcomes. I doubt I'd be fulfilled in that type of life.
CatInTheHat's Latest Review: "The Judas Effect" by Loraine Tulleken
User avatar
CatInTheHat
 
Posts: 573
Joined: 31 May 2016, 11:53
Currently Reading: Hilbilly Elegy
Bookshelf Size: 382 books

View Reviewer Page
2017 Reading Goal: 52 Books
Goal Completion: 21%

Next

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest

Navigation

Return Home » Book of the Month » Book of the month » Discuss "The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959)" by David J Castello