Etienne. “The Path to Forever”, Etienne, 2015.
I just received word that Etienne has revised and reissued one of this early books, “The Path to Forever” so even thought I had reviewed it in the past, I decided to take another look.
There is something fascinating about the quest for eternity and I have often wondered why anyone would want to live forever especially because none of his friends would be with him. I imagine it would be very lonely. Doctor Marco Sartori d’Argenzio thinks about this especially when celebrating his residency as well as his partner’s PhD which he and lover, Danilo do by vacationing to Marco’s father’s home in the Alps of Italy. Marco learns then that his father is more than 2000 years old and Marco can expect to live as long.
Marco realizes that everyone else will have short loves in comparison to his own but it is heartbreaking to him to realize that his love affair with Danilo will be relatively short and that he will outlive him. Danilo has begun studying the family DNA and hoping to discover the secret of the family but even more so because he doesn’t want Marco to be alone after he, himself, is gone.
Reading this makes me look at eternity and the fountain of youth completely differently. Here we see what had once been ideals can also become burdens. However a good story can get lost if it is not written about well and I found Etienne to be brilliant here. Not only is the writing excellent and the plot interesting, this is a book that gives you the chance to think about things differently. Etienne gives us different layers to his story and we can read them and interpret them as we like. There is also a challenge to that author here—how does he develop a character that will live forever? You will have to read this to find out.
This book is an interesting contradiction in itself. We get Etienne’s wonderful writing style and plot development and I love the alternating points of view from the two main characters. As usual with Etienne we get detailed and vivid descriptions of the heroes’ travels, activities and many friends. What you will not find is lots of sex and/or intimacy but these are not necessary in this story.