Death: A Life

Death: A Life

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by George Pendle
     
 

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The shocking new memoir from Death

At last, the mysterious, feared, and misunderstood being known only as “Death” talks frankly and unforgettably about his infinitely awful existence. Chronicling his abusive childhood, his near-fatal addiction to Life, his excruciating time in rehab, and the ultimate triumph of his true nature, this long-awaited

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The shocking new memoir from Death

At last, the mysterious, feared, and misunderstood being known only as “Death” talks frankly and unforgettably about his infinitely awful existence. Chronicling his abusive childhood, his near-fatal addiction to Life, his excruciating time in rehab, and the ultimate triumph of his true nature, this long-awaited autobiography finally reveals the inner story of one of the most troubling, and troubled, figures in history. For the first time, Death reveals his affairs with the living, his maltreatment at the hands of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the ungodly truth behind the infamous “Jesus Incident,” and the loneliness of being the End of All Things.

Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, Death: A Life is not only a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a universe that, despite its profound flaws, gave Death the fiery determination to carve out a successful existence on his own terms.

DEATH was born in Hell, the only son of Satan and Sin. He was educated in the Palace of Pandemonium and the Garden of Eden. Since before the Dawn of Time, he has ushered souls into the darkness of eternity. This is his first book.

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Publishers Weekly

Pendle turns out a wicked satire of death in this faux autobiography. Death, the spawn of Sin and Satan, begins his story at the dawn of creation, before the beginning of God's newest project, Earth. With only a bit of "the Darkness from the deepest depths" as a keepsake, Death and family travel to the freshly minted Earth, where Death's father takes advantage of the gullible animals (prior to Satan's arrival, the T-Rex was a vegetarian). It isn't until Death accidentally kills a unicorn that he realizes his calling, and soon he recounts his role in some of the most celebrated deaths in history, including Cain's murder of Abel, Socrates' suicide and the resurrection of Jesus. However, Death's profession is demanding and solitary, and at the urging of his only human friend, he begins to dabble with Life to relieve stress. He forms a "physical dependency on Life," and after a 10-day period in 1582 when nothing dies, Death is forced into rehab and begins his painful recovery. Pendle's coruscating wit is a great match for the material, and he makes the most of it. (Sept.)

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Library Journal

First-time author Death offers his side of the story in this tell-all memoir. This jerky, quirky, and allusive tale begins even before the beginning, with Death admitting he comes from a mixed background; his ancient father is Satan, and his mother is Sin, a heavyset lady, the size of a small mountain. They also happen to be brother and sister, which complicates those infrequent family get-togethers. Moving quickly along, Death reveals that, contrary to what you read, God isn't omnipotent and that Hell is that drawer that everybody has where string and useless kitchen implements accumulate. Along the way, Death manages to fall in love with Maud, which compromises his work. If Monty Python worked the Catskills and wrote a humorous book about death, the result might be something like this work by Pendle (The Remarkable Millard Fillmore). The image on the cover of a scythe-carrying robed figure and the abundant wittily captioned paintings and drawings lifted from Latin readers and old histories of the world should insure that copies will catch the attention of a younger crowd all too able to find the specter of Death funny; recommended for all public libraries. O Death, where is thy shtick?
—Bob Lunn

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780307395603
Publisher:
Crown/Archetype
Publication date:
09/30/2008
Pages:
270
Sales rank:
389,976
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Death: A Life 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
Manda_Berry More than 1 year ago
This is one of the funniest books I've ever read. Who knew Death had such an entertaining life? There are a few illustrations throughout the book that add to the funny factor.
lotusflower76 More than 1 year ago
Hilarious!! Very provacative to traditionally religious people. Loved it!
Scavenger13 More than 1 year ago
This is a great farce on Death and religion in general. It is NOT sacrilegious in any way. It is a fun frolicking look at how Death sees himself. The book begins at his birth, and takes a whimsical look at his own life, how he deals with his lot in life (excuse me, Death!) and how he finds a love, becomes "human" (or nearly so), how he deals with that loss, and how he relates to a rather psychotic Heaven (i.e. Jesus, God, and the angels). It is an easy read, and takes the entire philosophy of death, life, heaven and hell to and extreme never before investigated!
Lunchmeat More than 1 year ago
I found this title in an airline magazine while traveling; the summary sounded very intriguing. The first page brings this book and Death, to life. If you have a sense of humor and are looking for an escape from everyday reality, this is a great read. George Pendle takes a highly renowned but little known figure and opens him up for inspection. Death has an adolescence, paternal problems, addiction issues, even a girlfriend. But, I think it¿s his love for puppies that made him seem almost human. Reading of Death¿s exploits throughout Creation and how his input helped fashion the world we called Earth will, at the very minimum, make you smile¿if not, maybe it¿s time you meet him personally.
ErinMarieW More than 1 year ago
It's a good fun read but there isn't much to this book. Don't start reading and expect to find all the answers. It is quite funny.
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I have never laughed out loud reading a book before, hands down best book I have ever read.
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Gypsysong More than 1 year ago
Excellent read!
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Nekko_fox More than 1 year ago
A beautifully irreligious book that mocks life, death, heaven, hell, God, Satan, the universe, humanity, inhumanity, and everything therein. A must read unless you have some logic-devoid attachment to some religious doctrine.
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My all time favorite!!!!
Meli_Green More than 1 year ago
This isn't usually the type of book I would read, but I saw the cover and immediately picked it up. I read the back of the book and thought it was something that looked pretty good. It took me a little bit to get through the beginning, but the minute he meets the unicorn I was hooked. I was laughing out loud at more than half of the book. It's definitely something different but it was definitely a fun read!
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Stapleton_J More than 1 year ago
You're probably used to a book with only one storyline. Trying to push out of the ordinary with literature is something difficult. To give an extra "oomph" in a book is something rare. That's what every teen wants and every adult strives for: to stand out. Nothing stands out more than Death A Life. If you enjoy novels with love, pain, loss, but none-the-less humorous Death A Life is something worth reading for you. You'll feel strange emotions. You'll want to know what you're really feeling, with all the irony and pain, you'll never know if it's joy or frustration. The book gives you a chance to follow along with emotions and laughter. It's a book that is completely based on pain and sarcasm. This novel is an answer to that question. You want to know more about the mysterious creature that decides who stays and who goes in this world.This book gives insight to something almost every human being wonders about "Who is this Death we all know so well?" It even explains what God, all mighty Lord, was thinking when he created the world in which the living, well, live. The cover holds in the magnificent story of how Death grew up in Hell, raised by Sin, born by Satan. It tells how obscured his views were, ans how lost he was before the beginning of time; no purpose in his life. Death A Life shows how someone in Hell, and even taught the ways of Hell, could change. It showed how he could develop into someone else, with emotions and ideas. If you like the idea of a biography, something that answers your questions to life, death, and the exsistance of humans as a whole, you should pick of Death A Life. It's the most hilarious, sarcastic, sad, and ironic book ever. And, the novel is completely worth every second of your time. It's the farthest thing from boring.
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