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One Thousand and One Ghosts based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
I am a big fan of Dumas, and was suspicious when I found the book because the cover suggests it will be macabre. I would say the advertising attempts to sensationalize it. Don't worry, it's still Dumas, albeit shorter than his usual. After reading it, I decided that it is set up sort of like The Canterbury Tales, as it is actually a collection of tales told from various people in a company. The action of the book begins with a murder. A man decides to kill his wife, and openly admits to it. He says that after death, her severed head tried to bite him! Now, as odd as this sounds 'and it is odd', it really is a speciman for speculation. A few people come together to discuss it. The first couple to tell their stories stick along the lines of severed heads and the long question of concienceness after death. Eventually though, stories of ghosts in general- or really undefined encounters with the spirits of the dead flourish. Dumas manages to tell fascinating tales from the perspectives of his characters, and I contend that they become steadily better with each turn. This may be because the conversation shifts more from the scientific to the unexplained. In some ways it is a sad little book, full of tragic ends. It's a good read. Anyone who loves Dumas ought to appreciate it.