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Posted September 2, 2011
I liked this book because it is based on an interesting postulation that people don't actually die, they simply change form. I liked the colorful cast.of characters too.
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Posted September 14, 2011
Josh Turner, a young widower, is in the hospital, dying of cancer. His treatment is pretty much drugs to diminish the pain, along with TLC from nurses and friends that visit. It is the drugs that enable Josh to sleep and thereby dream, and it is the dreams that enable him to meet Max. It is Max who puts the meaning into his life and death. Max is an extraterrestrial who has been around for thousands of years; and has visited many other inhabited planets in many other solar systems. Ergo, Max has knowledge way beyond Josh (or for that matter, us). The Ordinary Life and the Extraordinary Death of Josh Turner is filled with samples of his wisdom. For instance, about greed, "Yes, the fact [is] that your civilization places materialism above all else. The sole consideration is almost always what will create a quick profit, not the long-range impact, or what is beneficial to all." More, "This preoccupation with economic progress now dominates your civilization's consciousness. As a consequence, your people have gradually lost touch with their spiritual selves". In Josh's dreams, he visited Max's past lives and places. Planets with people who, after almost annihilating themselves, came to learn the ways of the universe. They found an old and better way of life.no slaughtering! And they discovered the evils of allowing technology to rule our lives instead of using science as a tool like for medicine or teleportation. Here is a book that is easy to read with words that flow in quick cadence. This intriguing novel is not about death, but about life and discovery. We learn that life should be about fun.singing, dancing, playing sports, skiing, climbing mountains, music.as the central part of our lives, not a sideline or luxury. And especially, no war or violence. Upon death, one's energy joins all other energy sharing information and experiences in a never-ending chain. This reviewer has read thousands of books and suggests you run, not walk for your copy of The Ordinary Life and Extraordinary Death of Josh Turner. It is in the top twenty of spiritual, meaningful books. You will laugh, you will cry but mostly you will appreciate what you have and what you can be. Thank you, David Treciak! Richard Fuller Senior Editor Metaphysical ReviewsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 10, 2011
I'm advising readers to read, re-read, and study the ending of this book because it is, in my estimation, pure literary genius. Not an easy job, conveying a dying man's myriad thoughts and interactions throughout a whole novel in a manner that keeps the reader turning pages, but the author does it with a cerebral, yet tongue-in-cheek style that smacks a little of J.D. Salinger. Yep, it's that good.
Josh Turner is dying, a painful and slow cancerous death. His mind whirls with amazing insights and he examines his fears and philosophies even as he's forced into a retreat of Coltrane tapes and morphine. The author tells us this about Josh's pain, quote: "The beast has come out to play and it's brought a chainsaw." Well said, huh? And Josh's companion on this Jack Kerouac-style journey of the mind toward resolution is a cosmic apparition, a stubborn extra-terrestrial named Max. Between nostalgic, surreal excursions with Max, Josh deals with a continual stream of nurses and visitors to his hospital bed, including a fascinating run-in with a determined evangelist. And there are Josh's well-meaning friends, colorful characters who have him illegally pigging out on fast food and even sort have him of playing cupid-all done with snappy, engaging dialogue. When you pick up this book, be prepared to be engaged with humor, sarcasm, joy, fear, regret, great chunks of delicious nostalgia, and a wide spectrum of emotions all bracketed by quantum physics, visions of reincarnation, and even thoughts about the Kevorkian solution. Make no mistake: this is a hugely entertaining book, even as it is quite profound.
The author bio tells us that David Treciak is an award-winning writer with a number of stories and screenplays to his credit. He now lives in L.A. but originally hails from Detroit. They say he's an avid student of life. Yeah, well, that's self-evident in his writing. They say he tells tales that'll make us laugh, cry, and scratch our heads in wonder as the profundity of what he has written sinks in. True enough, and like Treciak's compelling literary style-well said.
Highly Recommended by reviewer: Jan Evan Whitford, Allbooks Reviews
Posted August 5, 2011