The Ghost in Love

The Ghost in Love

by Jonathan Carroll
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The Ghost in Love by Jonathan Carroll

A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a stone curb and dies. A ghost that's been sent to take his soul to the Afterlife arrives just as he falls. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die. The ghost is flabbergasted. This is unprecedented. Going immediately to its boss, the ghost asks, what should I do now? The boss says, we don't know how this happened but we're working on it. In the meantime, we want you to stay with this man and watch to see if he does anything that might help us figure out what's going on.

Unhappily, the ghost agrees. It is a ghost, not a nursemaid. The last thing it wants to do is hang around watching a human being walk through his every day. But a funny thing happens—the ghost falls truly madly deeply in love with the man's girlfriend and things get complicated. The Ghost in Love is about what happens to us when we discover that we have become the masters of our own fate. No excuses, no outside forces or gods to blame—the responsibility is all our own. It's also about love, ghosts that happen to be gourmet cooks, talking dogs, and picnicking in the rain with yourself at twenty different ages.

It's tough being a ghost on an empty stomach.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433248702
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 09/28/2008
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 8
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Jonathan Carroll's novel The Wooden Sea was named a New York Times Notable Book of 2001. He is the author of such acclaimed novels as White Apples, The Land of Laughs, The Marriage of Sticks, and Bones of the Moon. He lives in Vienna, Austria.

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The Ghost in Love 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Carroll 'Glass Soup ' has a gift for finding a fantastic core hidden inside everyday life that is down-the-rabbit-hole imaginative yet feels like fundamental truth. This story of a man, his girlfriend, and their dog finds the author in top form. Ben Gould hits his head on the sidewalk in an accident that should have killed him. Somehow he survives, but he's changed in ways that he cannot understand. So starts a magical tale in which Ben talks to his dog, Pilot the ghost sent to monitor Ben falls in love with his girlfriend and a mysterious knife-wielding man threatens them all. The novel is full of great characters who experience resonant moments: at a picnic of her former selves, a woman discovers how quickly we change Ben's girlfriend finds power in a memory of food, love, and home Ben and his loved ones face an angry mob of his insecurities and failings. Love, memory, and balancing the needs of our many selves are themes in this occasionally scary, often luminous work of unconventional fantasy.
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StylinSixty More than 1 year ago
I was so disappointed with this rather insipid morality tale in the thin guise of supernatural fantasy. Find yourself, be yourself or the dark you will come and eat your lunch! If a Nicholas Sparks novel and a Mitch Albom tale produced an anemic offspring, it would be this one. Even the dog was less than engaging. Sorry to be mean, but I expected so much more.
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catwak More than 1 year ago
This is a very strange book. Features of the plot include invisibility, reincarnation, time travel and life after death. Various characters have the ability to read minds, to see disease, to foresee the future and to repair unfinished business. One of the main characters is a talking dog. The book has been described as a fantasy, but I beg to differ. Just an example (from page 168): "His father once said life was deeply unfair. At birth you're given a very complicated board game but no instructions on how to play it. You must try to work out all the rules yourself. At the same time, you must play the game. Once. If you lose, doom. No oops, I'm just a beginner, can I try that wrong move again? No, you cannot. No second chances. Figure out the rules from nothing while simultaneously playing the game of life. How could a person NOT fail?" Some of the writing may make you wish grammar was still taught in school, and there are a handful of non sequiturs to the plot, but I found *The Ghost in Love* a delight. I also suspect that it is profound, but I am no philosopher.
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greeninoakpark More than 1 year ago
I really got into this book. So much so it was hard to put down. I wish the ending could have been a little more . . . but then, it really left you pondering and wanting more and perhaps that was the authors spin. He really has some unique thoughts that I still am pondering. Yes. I recommend it. If would be great for a book club group.
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smalllina More than 1 year ago
Jonathan Carroll's latest novel, The Ghost in Love is the latest of thirteen genuinely magical fantasy novels in which the author makes magic the way Fred Astaire danced: effortless, simple, wondrous.

In the Ghost in Love, Ben and his girlfriend German have just broken up a long-term relationship that seems to have been as wonderful as love can be (Carroll has a special gift for bringing happy family relations to life). Now they are on the outs, and sharing custody of Pilot, their shelter-dog, and every time they meet to swap the dog, their hearts break anew.

Ben should have died the day he got the dog, when he slipped on ice and broke his head. But he didn't. So the Angel of Death sent Ben's ghost, Ling, to earth, to investigate why the universe has stopped obeying its divine destiny. Ling is hopelessly in love with German, and the ghost is also a fantastic cook (as is Ben), so whenever German is due to come over, Ling spends the whole day cooking elaborate, invisible meals for her, while chatting morosely with the dog (all ghosts speak Dog).

That's all in the first few pages. Then it gets weird.

Carroll's standard formula for his novels is to introduce us to wonderful people living magical blessed lives, lives so achingly rendered that you want to crawl into the page and snuggle under the covers with them. Then he smashes their lives like sand-castles, and his wonderful people fall apart while magic unmakes them, rewriting the rules of their world to reveal hidden truths about love, family, self-regard, self-loathing, and other emotionally charged subjects.

In Ghost in Love, Carroll does this again, but even moreso, using a kind of dreamlike fluidity to constantly rewrite the rules of his world and its magic as evil and good tear apart the lives of Ben, German, Pilot and Ling and the people around them. The story grows ever-more existential, allegorical and weird as the pages fly past.

But it's all handled so gracefully that the dream-logic never falters. Carroll is the omnipotent god of his characters and situations, and he is totally in control of every variable, so that we trust him throughout, even though he never plays fair.

And the message, the conclusion in the end? Without spoiling things, I'll say this: The Ghost in Love contains genuinely profound and illuminating truths about the way that we love others and ourselves, and about the power of owning up to your bad deeds, and about the danger and wonder of nostalgia for our simpler pasts.

I've read and enjoyed all thirteen of Carroll's novels, and this one is going right on the shelf with the others, and will occupy the same oft-visited part of my mental landscape wherein dwell his other magical books.
desitheblonde More than 1 year ago
The book is a great book to read i got it form the author and then here you got a ghost she is in love a man she meet but she is dead and great cook she love someone who she can not have but accident happen and then she see the other people in the house and strange thing happens in the book. She love the man of her dream but she can not have him he is in love some one else and then the story is great and will keep you wanted to read and find out what happen in the book and why ghost come and go and then you see you love the book till the end i got the book form the author and then i read and will blog on it posted on amazon and all my sites and good reads and then on bn The book is a great book to read i got it form the author and then here you got a ghost she is in love a man she meet but she is dead and great cook she love someone who she can not have but accident happen and then she see the other people in the house and strange thing happens in the book. She love the man of her dream but she can not have him he is in love some one else and then the story is great and will keep you wanted to read and find out what happen in the book and why ghost come and go and then you see you love the book till the end i got the book form the author and then i read and will blog on it posted on amazon and all my sites and good reads and then on bn