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The Land of Later On

The Land of Later On [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Weller
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Kip—a New York jazz pianist whose career was cut short by a neurological disease—returns from a failed suicide attempt with a vivid, detailed memory of his journey through the afterlife. Resembling the world as he knows it, but unlimited in space and time, it’s unlike any eternity he has contemplated. Its residents are those who choose not to reincarnate, which would erase all memory of who they once were. Kip has a quest: to find his beloved Lucy, a yoga teacher who shared his apartment for years but died of leukemia before he took his own life. Is she still here? Has she waited for him, or “gone back” to become someone else? In his odyssey across centuries and locales (Istanbul to the Marquesas Islands, India to Oklahoma and New Guinea) to find her, Kip is guided by Walt Whitman—who urges him to write this memoir on his return.

Über den Autor

Anthony Weller was born in 1957. His books include novels—The Garden of the Peacocks, The Polish Lover, and The Siege of Salt Cove—and a travel memoir of India and Pakistan, Days and Nights on the Grand Trunk Road. He is also well known as a musician. His poems and stories have appeared widely. As a journalist he traveled through Europe, Asia, the Middle East, the Pacific, Central America and the Caribbean, for National Geographic, G.Q., Forbes, GEO, the Paris Review, the New York Times Magazine, etc. He recently edited two books of his father’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporting. First into Nagasaki:The Censored Eyewitness Dispatches on Post-Atomic Japan and Its Prisoners of War (introduction by Walter Cronkite) was named by Kirkus one of the best books of 2006, followed by Weller’s War: A Legendary Foreign Correspondent’s Saga of WWII on Five Continents.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 571 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 211 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1612182259
  • Verlag: Lake Union Publishing (6. Oktober 2011)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B005J61DQA
  • Text-to-Speech (Vorlesemodus): Aktiviert
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Eine wunderbare Story. 7. Februar 2012
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Dieses Buch ist herrlich unberechenbar, nachdenklich, ergreifend und humorvoll. Weller nimmt sich der Frage an, vor wir alle am meisten Angst haben - Sterblichkeit - und schafft eine Geschichte, die es uns erlaubt die Möglichkeit prüfen, was mit uns passieren könnte. Seine Figuren sind bunt schillernd, amüsant und klug ... und genauso wie der Rest von uns, die sich für den Moment im Land des Hier-und-Jetzt befinden, manchmal etwas verwirrt. Die Sprache ist lebendig und unverwechselbar und Weller nimmt uns mit auf eine Reise - es ist wunderbar!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Tolle Idee, trotzdem zu langweilig zum Fertiglesen 28. März 2012
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Die Idee ist genial: Das Leben nach dem Tod. Der Protagonist sucht seine große Liebe, was in "The Land of later on" schwierig ist, weil die Bewohner zwischen Zeiten und Räumen beliebig wechseln können.
Allein die Idee verdient fünf Sterne, leider macht der Autor zu wenig draus. Die Geschichte führt nirgendwo hin, ein Spannungsbogen ist für mich nicht erkennbar, irgendwie bleibt man als Leser in einer Wartestellug - so wie die Bewohner des "Land of later on". Ist das die Absicht des AuUtors?
Ich wüsste gerne, ob er seine Liebe findet, aber nach ungefähr zwei Dritteln war es mir dann irgendwie doch zu langatmig und drehte sich ständig im Kreis. Insgesamt also nur drei Sterne.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Another Sojourn Among the Dead 3. Januar 2012
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The blurb on the front cover of the book reads: "wonderfully enticing and deeply, achingly moving." The first half of this statement is undoubtedly true; the second half is most certainly not. This will perhaps sound more harsh than I intend it. Weller's book is a short, fast and--for the most part--pleasurable read. And the Land of Later On is a fascinating place. Indeed, one can easily imagine the book becoming a movie--and a good movie at that. Perhaps even, I am sorry to say, better than the book. I'm still struggling with why I believe this to be so.

The novel has been compared to Kevin Brockmeier's The Brief History of the Dead, and rightly so; it is similar in both setting and theme (but not plot). Both authors make connectedness the central idea; Brockmeier does it indirectly, and Weller overtly. But Brockmeier's book has a complexity, a profundity that this one lacks, and it is much more suspenseful. Here, instead, the cards are often already on the table, so what keeps you reading is not so much suspense or characterization, but the fascinating setting and occasionally witty dialogue.

For me, the book's greatest detraction was its inability to move me. Weller is better at telling you about a relationship (or his characters) than he is at showing it to you. That is to say, you read about the characters' lonliness and their desires, but you never manage to feel them yourself.

Weller is close to being a really good writer, and I will certainly be on the lookout for future offerings by the man. But he's not there yet. Something here--in both the events and the characters--rings flat. Still, anyone with a bit of patience and an interest in a speculative afterlife should give the book a try. Every writer, Walt tells Kip in the novel, has his own ideal reader in mind, and I should hardly presume to be Weller's.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Glad there will be a print version, too 18. Oktober 2011
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Good books arrive like gifts from some better place - where there is more perspective, more wisdom, more kindness and love. Anthony Weller's book purports to be just such a volume -- a guidebook to the Afterlife, and counter-guidebook to wrong-headed ideas we may have about it -- and it succeeds in becoming what it describes: a guide not only to what matters most in this life -- love, the companionship of good friends, and good music, Weller's main character Kip might say -- but also to what is powerful enough to survive beyond us as well -- in this case, the guidebook Kip undertakes to write, the vitality of Walt Whitman's life and poetry, and the book Weller has actually written. I'm glad there's a print version of this coming: I not only wanted to mark it up -- underline passages, dog-ear certain pages (and, yes, I know a Kindle can let you do that sort of thing but I didn't want to have to learn how) -- but I also wanted to be able to give this book away to people I care about, and not have to worry about or know if they had a Kindle. This is a great book, filled with more compassion and insight than I expect in a novel -- and, among many other small gifts it contains, the best description I've ever read of improvisational musical collaboration. In fact, music provides powerful metaphors a number of times in the story in ways that are, to a non-musician like myself, informative and enlightening, and have the ring of truth. (If you look at the Music Bio at you can see why that would be the case.) One of the most enjoyable and compelling books I've read in a long time, and one that I think will stay with me for a long time.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Don't Miss This One 14. Oktober 2011
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This book is delightfully unpredictable, thoughtful, poignant, and laugh-out-loud funny. Weller takes on the issue we are all most afraid to face -- mortality -- and creates a fable that allows us to consider the possibility of what might happen to us, well, later on. His characters are colorful, amusing, and insightful...and just as confused as the rest of us who for the moment are still in the land of here and now. Weller's language is bright, vivid, and distinctive and he succeeds in taking the reader on an enriching journey that you will hate to see come to an end. Don't miss this one -- it's wonderful!
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Less talk, more action please 21. Januar 2012
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The premise of the book really intrigued me, but as I read on I found the writer's style too verbose and redundant. I became tired of the flashbacks Kip had, going back to when he and his wife, Lucy, were still alive. They could have helped paint a better picture of the main characters, but they became downright boring after a while. I made it through 58% (according to my Kindle) and had to stop reading. I kept waiting for something to actually happen, and very little ever did. Even the introduction of Walt Whitman as a guide became tedious to read about. This book just didn't hold my attention, unfortunately.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Decidedly mixed feelings 13. Februar 2012
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A friend recommended Anothny Weller's The Land of Later On to me and heaped high praise on the book. I still remember he used words like "magical" and "lyrical" to describe the book. Finally I picked up a copy of the book and found there were, indeed, lyrical and magical passages in the book, but to reach them required trodding through a lot of non-magical and non-lyrical prose.

The Land of Later On is about a jazz pianist named Kip suffering a debilitating neurological condition that robs him of his ability to play. Life has already taken the love of his life, Lucy, from him and after four years without her, as his condition continues to deteriorate, he downs a handful of sleeping pills and awakes in a sort of afterlife.

Sort of a secular Divine Commedy without either God or Satan, the Land of Later On allows souls to travel instantaneously between places and times. Those who grow bored with such an afterlife can opt to go back and be reincarnated, losing all memory of their past in the process. Aided by Walt Whitman as a sort of stand-in for Dante's Virgil, Kip begins a journey to find his Lucy, unable to understand why she has not been waiting for him to join her. Is she angry at him? Has she chosen to go back? Has she traded in the love of her life for a love of her afterlife?

No spoilers here, but Kip and Walt travel from New York to Istanbul to India to the South Seas to Oklahoma trying to piece together the clues to Lucy's absence. There's a lot of talking (and talking ... and talking) about love and life and, well, the meaning of it all. I'm sure those are the parts of the book my friend found profound. I suppose I would have, too, had it not come across as a sort of Theories of Romance 101. It could be interesting at times, but for the most part I wanted to reached through the pages, shake the characters and scream "Why are you belaboring this point?"

I noted from looking at the wide spread of stars given by reviewers that there is a substantial amount of disagreement over The Land of Later On. I don't think that means this is not a good book. Instead, it's one of those "personal" books that people read into it their own ideas and experiences. Not many writers can have that sort of effect on readers and I salute Mr. Weller for his achievement. While I don't particularly find much in the book I can relate to, I'm pleased that so many people do.
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