Living End / Edition 1

Living End / Edition 1

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by Stanley Elkin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1564783421

ISBN-13: 2901564783423

Pub. Date: 01/15/2004

Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press

A quintessential Elkin protagonist, Mr. Ellerbee - until he is senselessly killed during a liquor-store holdup - is a good husband, a good boss, and an overall good sport who cares greatly about his fellow human beings. After a whirlwind tour of the afterlife, Ellerbee finds himself in Hell for a litany of minor offenses, including taking the Lord's name in vain,…  See more details below

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A quintessential Elkin protagonist, Mr. Ellerbee - until he is senselessly killed during a liquor-store holdup - is a good husband, a good boss, and an overall good sport who cares greatly about his fellow human beings. After a whirlwind tour of the afterlife, Ellerbee finds himself in Hell for a litany of minor offenses, including taking the Lord's name in vain, keeping his store open on the Sabbath, and thinking that Heaven looks like a theme park. And so begins Elkin's hilarious, imaginative vision of life after death.

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ISBN-13:
2901564783423
Publisher:
Dalkey Archive Press
Publication date:
01/15/2004
Series:
Dalkey Lannan Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
144

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Living End 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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This is one of the best books ever written. Elkin hilariously dissects and explodes every tenant of Christianity by slamming the contradictions into one another with perfect timing and accuracy. He paints the dilemmas faced by all believers through the incredibly credible characters he creates : Ellerbee is a good man who didn¿t believe and so goes to hell, for that and some other petty omissions and indiscretions, while God, thoroughly imperfect as well as a pompous egotist, is a supreme being who likes to be idolized and entertained certain he does not have to defend his inhumanity to man. In Heaven, Joseph does not believe his son, the cripple, is the messiah. This and so many other contradictions and paradoxes roll lightly across the eyes in this little book leaving you to believe you just read a book bigger than any bible. It is a book that you can read in a sitting, but I guarantee you will sit again and again as you reread it finding something new and delightful every time you turn a page.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A clever look at life from a upside down view. One of the top twenty novels of all time, which include Perfume, Geek Love, etc. Joel Selik www.4thelaw.com