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White Apples by Jonathan Carroll
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White Apples (2002)

by Jonathan Carroll

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Series: Vincent Ettrich (1)

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Vincent Ettrich has just discovered that he's been resurrected. The worst part? He has no idea how he died. And now his mistress is telling him that she's carrying his child. Thus, White Apples begins. Throw in the fate of Order versus Chaos and you have this Jonathan Carroll novel.

This follows up on The Wooden Sea, though not in a directly obvious way. The themes that it carries are similar - chaos versus order, the way that the past changes who we are without us being able to change the past. The book, as most of Carroll's tend to, comes together beautifully in a startling climax at the end.

I'm looking forward to getting my hands on Glass Soup and seeing what happens next. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
This was my first Jonathan Carroll novel, but I can confidently say that it won't be my last.

Vincent Ettrich is a serial womaniser, advertising executive and also recently dead. Except now he's not. He's been brought back by the love of his life for the sake of their unborn son. A son he knew nothing about. But he can't remember being dead, or why or how he's been brought back. And there are forces at work who want to keep him from ever raising that child.

The scope of imagination on display here is mind boggling. Carroll juggles ideas about the afterlife, the meaning of life, what we are here for and how our actions affect others, while keeping what is at heart a love story moving along at a nice pace.

This is part thriller, part existential treatise, part philosophical tract....and if that sound off-putting, it shouldn't. This is a wonderful book, full of life love and above all ideas. It will make you think, which is no bad thing.

I shall now go and work my way through Mr. Carroll's back catalogue. My only regret is that I didn't discover this author earlier!

Very highly recommended. ( )
  David.Manns | Nov 28, 2016 |
This isn't really science fiction. Nor is it fantasy - it sits some place between the two. As for the book itself - it was interesting to read - especially the authors explanation for God.

The story itself is okay - its well written, but at times, the two main characters were too whiny - too needy. Also, the evil, Chaos, really didn't make a whole lot of sense in action.

Either way, I'm glad I read it, but its not a book I would read again. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Nov 23, 2014 |
Very interesting - wildly funny, albeit very confusing. Not bad at all, and worth investigating later. ( )
  HadriantheBlind | Mar 30, 2013 |
Odd. An amiable womaniser is eating dinner with his girlfriend when he sees a man he knows to be dead. Later that evening he finds the man's name tattooed on the back of his girlfriend's neck. Things get odder from there. I like books to be unusual; this one sometimes seemed like it was being unusual for the sake of it. I think I'll read more by Carroll before making up my mind. ( )
  annesadleir | Apr 19, 2012 |
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Always a very subtle writer, Carroll quietly presents resolutions and revelations you could miss if you blink. I was impressed by the sureness of this particular structure; he uses no familiar genre tricks to maintain suspense, yet still communicates nail-biting concern for the wellbeing of his central characters and a terrible fear for the fate of the universe.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0765304015, Paperback)

Vincent Ettrich is in a tight spot. He has died and been brought back to life to help save his unborn son from evil and chaotic forces who want to prevent this son from becoming the savior of the universe. Sound bizarre? Welcome to the surreal and metaphysically massive novel White Apples by Jonathan Carroll.

Following up the equally strange but widely acclaimed The Wooden Sea, Carroll paints on an even wider canvas with White Apples. In Carroll's world, humans are key threads in a giant tapestry that is being woven as life is lived. But there are dark forces at work who don't want the weaving to continue as is and Ettrich, his beloved Isabelle, and their sentient fetus find themselves standing in the way. Their struggles to merely understand what is happening to them and to stand tall in the very face of darkness makes for a humorous, touching, and thrilling tale with, as is expected, a big bang of an ending. But the most marvelous aspect of the novel is not its far-reaching, mind-blowing metaphysics. It's the wonderfully tragic love story of Vincent and Isabelle that keeps this flight of fancy grounded and beautifully human. --Jeremy Pugh

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Vincent Ettrich, a genial philanderer, discovers he has died and come back to life, but he has no idea why, or what the experience was like. Gradually, he discovers he was brought back by his true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their child--a child who, if raised correctly, will play a crucial role in saving the universe. But to be brought up right, the child must learn what Vincent learned on the other side--if only Vincent can remember it. On a father's love and struggle may depend the future of everything that is. By turns quirky, romantic, awesome, and irresistible,White Apples is a tale of love, fatherhood, death, and life that will leave you seeing the world with new eyes.… (more)

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