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Alchemy Across the Ages: Background information when reading The History of Living Forever

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The History of Living Forever

A Novel

by Jake Wolff

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The History of Living Forever by Jake Wolff
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    Jun 2019, 384 pages
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Alchemy Across the Ages

This article relates to The History of Living Forever

Flammel Since the start of recorded history, as Jake Wolff's debut novel The History of Living Forever makes clear, humans have sought the elixir of life that would confer immortality. The ancient Greeks fantasized about finding ambrosia, the mythical nectar of the gods, said to be sweeter than honey; while the Chinese have eaten Lingzhi, the "mushroom of immortality," for over 2,000 years; and alchemists have sought it for about four millennia.

Mysterious and secretive, alchemists mainly aimed to transform lead into gold, believing the former to be a spiritually and physically immature form of the latter. In the Middle East and Europe, this practice went hand in hand with the search for the elixir of life, which has gone by a number of names including the Philosopher's Stone (brought into the spotlight again with the Harry Potter series). The elixir of life supposedly could heal disease, extend life spans, and transform base metals into precious metals such as gold, making its ...

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