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The Ghost in Love

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Unfortunately I didn’t want to read a book about “What is life all about”, or “How do my past actions influence my present and future?” I wanted to read an interesting story. Unfortunately I found little of that in this book. Instead it is loaded (especially at the end) with metaphoric images and situations. It’s not a bad book, it’s just not for me. ( )
  dorie.craig | Jun 22, 2017 |
elcome to the luminous and marvelously inventive world of The Ghost in Love. A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a curb, and dies. But something strange occurs: the man doesn’t die, and the ghost that’s been sent to take his soul to the afterlife is flabbergasted. 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. We want you to stay with this man to help us figure out what’s going on.

The ghost agrees unhappily; it is a ghost, not a nursemaid. But a funny thing happens—the ghost falls madly in love with the man’s girlfriend, and things naturally get complicated. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was “supposed” to because for the first time in their history, human beings have decided to take their fates back from the gods. It’s a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price.

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.

  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
[a:Jonathan Carroll|23704|Jonathan Carroll|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1222900262p2/23704.jpg]'s writing style reminds me very much of [a:Neil Gaiman|1221698|Neil Gaiman|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1234150163p2/1221698.jpg]'s. I enjoyed the crazy little detours for a while, but after a time it seemed like we were just detouring to detour, and I wondered when we got to the point. When we finally arrived, I didn't know what to make of it.

It's a bit like you got out of bed and then ended up rounding the bases in a game of baseball. Neither is weird, but if you started one and ended up with the other, you're a little surprised.

In short, it felt like the weirdness was there because weirdness was expected. I haven't read any of his other books, but I'd be willing to give him a shot - the ideas are certainly unique, but the execution was quite strange. ( )
  liso | Sep 18, 2015 |
What happens when someone is scheduled to die and survives instead? Is it a "heavenly computer glitch"? Is it the work of Satan? Or, is it merely a human being's free will. This is a whimsical book about that very question. It is a little reminiscent of TIME TRAVELERS WIFE although not as intriguing. A good read none-the-less.
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  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
This one was for book club. Not my type of writing. ( )
  Caitdub | Oct 24, 2013 |
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Richard Parks and Joe del Tufo
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The ghost was in love with a woman named German Landis.
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Like a spider web you walk into, it is not so easy to get all the tendrils of real love off after you have passed through it.
Usually at least once in a person’s childhood we lose an object that at the time is invaluable and irreplaceable to us, although it is worthless to others. Many people remember that article for the rest of their lives…If we describe it to others and explain why it was so important, even those who love us smile indulgently because to them it sounds like a trivial thing to lose. Kid stuff. But it is not. Those who forget about this object have lost a valuable, even crucial memory. Because something central to our younger self resided in that thing. When we lost it, for whatever reason, a part of us shifted permanently.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0374161860, Hardcover)

“I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats—with devilish tricks inside them.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
 
Neil Gaiman has written: “Jonathan Carroll has the magic. He’ll lend you his eyes, and you’ll never see the world in quite the same way ever again.”

Welcome to the luminous and marvelously inventive world of The Ghost in Love. A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a curb, and dies. But something strange occurs: the man doesn’t die, and the ghost that’s been sent to take his soul to the afterlife is flabbergasted. 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. We want you to stay with this man to help us figure out what’s going on.

The ghost agrees unhappily; it is a ghost, not a nursemaid. But a funny thing happens—the ghost falls madly in love with the man’s girlfriend, and things naturally get complicated. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was “supposed” to because for the first time in their history, human beings have decided to take their fates back from the gods. It’s a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price.

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.

Stephen King has said that “Jonathan Carroll is as scary as Hitchcock, when he isn’t being as funny as Jim Carrey.” Jonathan Lethem sees Carroll as the “master of sunlit surrealism.” However one regards this beguiling original, two facts are indisputable: It’s tough being a ghost on an empty stomach. And The Ghost in Love is a triumphant return.

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A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a curb, and dies. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die, and the ghost that's been sent to take his soul to the afterlife is flabbergasted. 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. We want you to stay with this man to help us figure out what's going on. The ghost agrees unhappily; it is a ghost, not a nursemaid. But a funny thing happens--the ghost falls madly in love with the man's girlfriend, and things naturally get complicated. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was "supposed" to because for the first time in their history, human beings have decided to take their fates back from the gods. It's a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price.--From publisher description.… (more)

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