I had to finally put this book down. I managed to get to around 400 pages and found myself skipping several pages at a time, and realized I could not continue this book. I was bored. As I mentioned before I usually try to take something from the books I read and apply it to my life. In order to do this I returned to the beginning of the book.
I found in my reading that the Irish of that time relied heavily on folklore and superstition. Much of it centered around the hearth.
I cleared everything away and started with a blank slate.
Vacuumed and dusted the entire hearth area.
As far as my personal thoughts on "Forever" by Pete Hamill. I would have to give it a 3/10 on my book scale. It was long. There were good parts but they were overshadowed by what were to me not so good parts. I love historical fiction but this was more fiction then history, and not the kind of fiction I enjoy reading. So unless you want to fix up your fireplace....stay away:-)