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From the Teeth of Angels (1994)

by Jonathan Carroll

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Four strangers' lives are turned upside down when death comes for a visit At first it seems like an ordinary dream. Talkative Englishman Ian McGann meets a long-dead acquaintance and asks him questions about the afterlife. But when he awakes, a thick pink scar stretches across his chest. Each subsequent night, as he dreams of death, he asks more questions, understands less, and awakens with increasingly gruesome injuries. When he meets an American traveler in Sardinia and tells him of his experience, the stranger begins having matching dreams--with the same painful results. Across the globe, a former TV icon struggles with leukemia, and a movie star falls in love with an HIV-positive photographer. All are flirting with death, and the more they struggle to understand the mysteries of the afterlife, the more they realize the world is not nearly as simple as they once believed.   This ebook contains an all-new introduction by Jonathan Carroll, as well as an exclusive illustrated biography of the author including rare images from his personal collection.… (more)
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From the Teeth of Angels is about Wyatt and Arlen, these two people whose life converge in a rather strange way. Wyatt has leukemia, and he knows that he is close to death. Arlen is a retired movie star living in Vienna. Wyatt has been dragged into a rather strange chain of events wherein Death is virtually stalking him and several of his acquaintances. Given the option to learn or survive, he chooses to learn - he's got nothing else to lose.

While From the Teeth of Angels was not quite as profound as some of Carroll's other books (i.e. The Wooden Sea, White Apples, or The Ghost in Love) in terms of its philosophy, it still was rather good. The letters, in particular, were a treat and the structure of the story was rather enjoyable.

Carroll knows how to turn a pretty phrase. I'm quite happy that I took the time to read this. He always makes me think. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
This book almost made me think I was going to love it, but then I didn't. Is it a good book?
Probably, but so is Catch-22 and Wating for Godot, and I hate them too for the same reason. All are clever for the sake of being clever. There is some pithy take away that requires lengthy enjoyment for some, but torture for me. There are some books that work this way that I enjoy, but others that tend toward existentialism I just find too tedious.
  rosechimera | Mar 16, 2018 |
Giving to si cotic ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
An interesting novel, unusual in a good way. It's about some people who are under various stresses who start having strange dreams about people they've known who died. I am now going to read more Carroll. ( )
  annesadleir | Apr 14, 2012 |
I've enjoyed all of Jonathan Carroll's books. He's one of the very best writers working in "urban fantasy" or "magic realism" or however else you want to label good fantasy that's well-written and has no unicorns. And this is one of his best, and darkest, books. Very disturbing and sad at a primal level--it will haunt you. ( )
  margaretplays | Dec 28, 2006 |
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Four strangers' lives are turned upside down when death comes for a visit At first it seems like an ordinary dream. Talkative Englishman Ian McGann meets a long-dead acquaintance and asks him questions about the afterlife. But when he awakes, a thick pink scar stretches across his chest. Each subsequent night, as he dreams of death, he asks more questions, understands less, and awakens with increasingly gruesome injuries. When he meets an American traveler in Sardinia and tells him of his experience, the stranger begins having matching dreams--with the same painful results. Across the globe, a former TV icon struggles with leukemia, and a movie star falls in love with an HIV-positive photographer. All are flirting with death, and the more they struggle to understand the mysteries of the afterlife, the more they realize the world is not nearly as simple as they once believed.   This ebook contains an all-new introduction by Jonathan Carroll, as well as an exclusive illustrated biography of the author including rare images from his personal collection.

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Three people come face to face with Death himself. First is Ian McGann who, while vacationing in Sardinia, meets Death who scars Ian if he is unable to answer questions. Wyatt is a gay man (the former Finky Linky) dying of leukemia who agrees to go to Vienna with his friend Sophie to look for her husband who disappeared. Arlen is a former movie star who gives up acting and moves to Vienna. There she meets a war correspondent with whom she falls madly in love. She, too, must meet and deal with Death.
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