As an epilogist, Ben Mendelssohn appreciates an unexpected ending. But when that denouement is the untimely demise of his beloved wife, Ben is incapable of coping. Marian was more than his life partner; she was the fiber that held together all that he is. And Ben is willing to do anything, even enter the unknown beyond, if it means a chance to be with her again.
One bullet to the brain later, Ben is in the Other World, where he discovers a vast and curiously secular existence utterly unlike anything he could have imagined: a realm of sprawling cities where the deceased of every age live an eternal second life, and where forests of family trees are tended by mysterious humans who never lived in the previous world. But Ben cannot find Marian.
Desperate for a reunion, he enlists an unconventional afterlife investigator to track her down, little knowing that his search is entangled in events that continue to unfold in the world of the living. In Ofir Touché Gafla's The World of the End, the search will confront Ben with one heart-rending shock after another; with the best and worst of human nature; with the resilience and fragility of love; and with truths that will haunt him through eternity.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|Edition description:||First Edition|
|Product dimensions:||6.62(w) x 9.36(h) x 1.18(d)|
About the Author
Ofir Touché Gafla is a national bestselling author in his native Israel. His first novel, The World of the End, won the 2005 Geffen Award for the best fantasy/science fiction novel of the year and the 2006 Kugel Award for Hebrew literature. His later novels include The Cataract in the Mind's Eye. Behind the Fog, The Day the Music Died, and The Book of Disorder. He teaches creative writing in the Sam Spiegel School of TV and Cinema in Jerusalem.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved the title, so I read the book. Cool concept. Surreal at times and funny and sad too. When I want to keep reading a book 'til the end, then I rate it 4 stars, but I think it's a grade B, not a grade A. 3.75 stars. So what's missing? I guess true love. Gravity when needed. Warmth. For a book that satisfies more and is zany but warm, I suggest The Rosie Project.
I am a late bloomer as far as reading goes. I never enjoyed it as a child or teen. This all changed when I watched the hunger games and had to find out what was going to happen next. I went through the series in about a month and wasn't too happy with the ending. This happen to me again with Game of Thrones. I went through all five books in a year and needed something quicker to fill in my time until the Winds of Winter comes out. I didn't want to pick up another series and put off studying again. So I was looking through the science fiction section at B&N and came across this book. The concept of an after life intrigued me and is the only reason that I had purchased the book. I finally decided to give it a shot and I am so glad that I did. The chapters are told in different perspectives just like A Song of Ice and Fire series. Since this book is not a series the characters and chapters that may appear to be random, work out unexpectedly in the end. It did take me a while to get into the book, like the idea of having a remote hanging around your neck that can control the weather and your sleeping pattern is weird. Or that everyone is naked in the after life. Anyway this book is funny and well thought out. Towards the second half of the book I was having trouble putting it down and ended up putting off my studying. Even now I felt compelled to write a review instead of doing my structural analysis homework. I hope that you read it.