Forty Tales From the Afterlives

Book - 2009
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Sum is a stunning exploration of funny and unexpected afterlives that have never been considered--each presented as a vignette that offers a lens through which to see ourselves here and now. In one afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and is unaware of your existence. In another, you work as a background character in other people's dreams. Or you may find that the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember. The stories in Sum are rooted in romance, science, and awe: a mixture of death, hope, computers, immortality, love, biology, and desire that cuts through human nature at new and exciting angles.
Publisher: Toronto : Viking Canada, c2009
ISBN: 9780670069842
Branch Call Number: FIC EAG
Characteristics: 107 p. ; 20 cm


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Mar 08, 2016

very imaginative book about something near and dear to us all. maybe. the audiobook with nick cave, noel fielding and j cocker is a trip as well.

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 30, 2014

An excellent bedside table book, perfect for squeezing in a few minutes of reading. Eagleman has created a collection of bizarre and hilarious short stories that imagine various scenarios of what the afterlife might be like. His stories include an afterlife where you relive your life on earth in categorized chunks (two days of brushing your teeth, 15 years sleeping, etc.). Eagleman’s quirky view comes in bite-sized portions that are fun to read and puzzling in a good way.

May 07, 2011

Better as a "sum" of its parts than whole, reading one short after another dulls their effectiveness. Each story is entertaining and inventive.
I first heard of this book through CBC's Wiretap program, which reads an entry time to time to great effectiveness.

Aug 16, 2010

Thought-provoking sketches, one after another, reminiscent of Alan Lightman's *Einstein's Dreams.*

Jul 06, 2010

A thought-provoking little anthology. It provides lots of perspectives about life through imaginative and widely varying examples of possible afterlives. Worth reading.

Nov 15, 2009

Comme une boîte de 40 bonbons sûrs, à déguster lentement; il ne s'agit pas que d'interprétations de l'au-delà, mais d'un chapelet de cosmogonies. Very imaginative, very well written. Reminds me of one short story (forgot the title, but one of the last ones in a book) by Etgar Keret, times 40.

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