Forty Tales From the Afterlives

Book - 2009
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At once funny, wistful and unsettling, Sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives--each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. In one afterlife, you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. In another version, you work as a background character in other people's dreams. Or you may find that God is a married couple, or that the universe is running backward, or that you are forced to live out your afterlife with annoying versions of who you could have been. With a probing imagination and deep understanding of the human condition, acclaimed neuroscientist David Eagleman offers wonderfully imagined tales that shine a brilliant light on the here and now.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c2009
ISBN: 9780307389930
Characteristics: 107 p. ; 19 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.

Jan 24, 2010

Excellent book. Very short chapters of possible afterlives.

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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