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A Retrospect in Death

A Retrospect in Death

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At the beginning of this visionary tale, the only thing the reader knows about the protagonist is that he has just died. Not even his name is known. By the time the reader is inexorably drawn to the conclusion of A Retrospect in Death, the only thing the reader doesn't know about the narrator is his name. Shifting back and forth in time as he reviews his life, its

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At the beginning of this visionary tale, the only thing the reader knows about the protagonist is that he has just died. Not even his name is known. By the time the reader is inexorably drawn to the conclusion of A Retrospect in Death, the only thing the reader doesn't know about the narrator is his name. Shifting back and forth in time as he reviews his life, its joyous triumphs and staggering sorrows, the narrator examines the scope, worthiness and purpose of all that has happened over the course of his days. Once again J. Conrad Guest has challenged and conquered another genre--indeed he has written a compelling, haunting novel that cannot be characterized, but leaves no doubt that the reader is in the capable hands of a superior author.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016546124
Publisher:
Second Wind Publishing LLC
Publication date:
04/07/2013
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
330
File size:
392 KB

Meet the Author

J. Conrad Guest's love of life pours forth in his writing. His penchant for baseball, good cigars and lovely women shines through in all his fiction--and in particular in his latest novel, A Retrospect in Death. Guest's considerable literary abilities have allowed him to write mainstream fiction, science fiction, thrillers and even romance. Old fans will be gratified and new fans will be gained with this latest outstanding effort.

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A Retrospect in Death 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
SheilaDeeth More than 1 year ago
Introspective, like a personal remembrance of life, this book is more than diary or autobiography, but less than truth perhaps because it’s viewed entirely through the eyes of the (dead) protagonist. Slowly working towards the unseen facts of his character’s past, J. Conrad Guest’s Retrospective in Death is a languid, oddly compelling tale, evoking an era with a wealth of intricate detail, creating a memorable yet achingly ordinary man, and searching for meaning and purpose in it all. Cross Doctor Phil with the movie Memento and you’ll have something like this intriguingly reversed view of life. The writing starts at an unspecified time after death and the protagonist slowly works his way back to a remembrance of birth, family and friends. There’s an overarching question through these pages—who was crying at the end? But underneath are the existential wonderings of why, and why should he want to live it all again. Song titles, movies, well-known names and places, events in sports, evocative phrases from the past and much much more build up into a powerful retrospect of an era, all told in a voice that changes convincingly with changing enthusiasm, self-deprecating humor, and psychoanalytical hints from the higher self. It’s a pleasing, though very long tale, and the ending is beautifully worth the languorous journey. Disclosure: I honestly can’t remember how I came by my copy. I heard about it from the author and I’m sorry it took me so long to get around to reading it.