- Taschenbuch: 272 Seiten
- Verlag: Hodder & Stoughton General Division (25. Januar 2007)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0719568307
- ISBN-13: 978-0719568305
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13 x 1,9 x 19,8 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 1 Kundenrezension
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 176.260 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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'Brockmeier's tale of polar hardship is gripping, but this touching novel is more concerned with what it means to confront nothingness, and how small gestures and accidental meetings shape who we are' * James Smart, Guardian * 'Sort of like Lost in a good book . . . Comparison with Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones is inevitable' * USA Today * 'An intriguing take on the afterlife and will encourage you to think about what death means to you' * The Weekly Times * 'The Brief History of the Dead is altogether remarkable' * Good Reading * 'Such is his sensitivity and skill that Brockmeier contrives a mystery that is nonetheless subtle, absorbing and ultimately satisfying.' * Colin Greenland, Guardian * 'Luminous' * The Age * 'Imagery like this abounds so that reading Brockmeier's prose is like eating a plate full of tasty titbits. You are bound to be delighted over and over again...it's entertaining and pleasurable to read.' * Canberra Times * 'Brockmeier is a lyrical yet subtle writer, interested in perplexing teleological questions . . . A powerful read' * Time Out * 'The inventiveness with which the author links (the worlds of the living and the dead) is highly impressive' * Financial Times * 'A genuine page turner' * Derby Evening Telegraph * 'The Brief History of the Dead is more magic realism than science fiction. Brockmeier brings to his book the inquisitive soul of a child. He is a master of the imaginative ponder. His prose is full of whimsy, word play and metaphysical musing. ... evocative and attentive...truly spellbinding' * Weekend Australian * 'The themes...are united with wonderful delicacy . . . A prodigy of imagination, insight and overwhelming tenderness' * Murrough O'Brien, The Independent * 'Interesting and intellectually daring' * New Statesman * 'Such a powerful read' * Time Out * 'A spellbinding novel' * Amy Worth, lead account manager, books, Amazon; Bookseller/ February Booksellers' choice * Brockmeier investigates our capacity for wonder ... and the result is exacting and perfectly strange * The New Yorker * Unique and spellbinding ... Brockmeier is up to something different * Minneapolis Star Tribune * 'A story of spellbinding power and imagination which resonates long after the final page' * Tangled Web * 'Convincing . . . reflects on relationships in a beautiful, delicate manner' * Publisher's Weekly * 'His confident voice, observational brilliance and playful humour dazzle to the end.' * The Times * 'A moving and unsettling meditation on memories, how recollections of the seemingly trivial can sustain us' * Books Quarterly (Waterstone's) * 'Sure-to-be-acclaimed fiction mixes with travelogue ... Gripping - and moving - stuff.' * Sunday Times Travel Magazine - February 2006 * 'An unearthly literary tale' * Bookseller *
'Remember me when I'm gone' just took on a whole new meaning ...Laura Byrd is in trouble. Three weeks ago she and her friends found themselves alone in one of the coldest, most remote places on earth. Her friends set out in search of help, and now Laura realises that they are not coming back. So she gathers her remaining supplies and sets out on an extraordinary journey. Meanwhile in another city, more and more people arrive every day. Each has a different story to tell, but their accounts have one thing in common -- it was their final journey. For this is the city of the dead. And the link between this city and Laura's journey lies at the heart of this remarkable novel. The Brief History of the Dead tells a magical story about our lives -- about our place in the world, our connections with each other, and what happens to us all after our deaths. It is a story of spellbinding power and imagination, which resonates long after the final page.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Perhaps because the themes at its core--life, death, memory--are so big, they seem ultimately to get away from the author. The novel starts along two parallel tracks, telling the story of the city where the remembered dead carry on an existence much like that of the living, and the story of Laura Byrd, an environmental biologist working for the Coca-Cola Company at a research station in Antarctica (which by now has been privatized). One great advantage of being in the frozen continent is that you are largely, though perhaps not entirely, immune from developments in the rest of the world. This fact is crucial to the convergence of the two stories, but is also complicated by the fact that the rationale for the Antarctica station's existence in the first place seems far-fetched. Indeed, the whole Coca-Cola angle, which is crucial to the story, verges on the farcical. And yet this is a much more serious novel than that, so the divergence is striking. The coming-together of the two stories works at first, but then it doesn't, almost as if the author was not sure how to capture the logical extension of the very interesting premise on which his novel is based.
Some of Brockmeier's descriptions fell flat, but I would still say that the novel is generally well written and interesting, even if I ultimately found it somewhat unsatisfying. It did get me thinking: Given the fact that I come from a generally long-lived family, perhaps an afterlife limbo such as the one proposed in this novel wouldn't be such a bad thing, at least until my last descendant to have personally known me takes up residence in the city. I'm not sure where I'd go at that point. When there is no more memory of me, I guess there is no more me. Unless, of course, there is a different sort of after-afterlife for those who are retained in the memory of the remembered dead. If not, well, I'd never know, would I?
I saved this book to read in Antarctica. It seemed a safer bet to read it in the locale of that half of the novel rather than wait to find out whether or not I can sit on the porch with a novel after I'm dead, even if people remember me.
The brief stories of each living-dead character as well as the living Laura Byrd are very well done. The author has an excellent ability to present each person as their own unique believable individual. The central theme to the book is about the people. I imagine many readers are going to be upset at how Mr. Brockmeier ended his work. The book is more an attempt at fleshing out different characters personalities and challenging the reader to see other people's viewpoints than it is an adventure with a satisfying conclusion. I guess it could be called an artsy-fartsy work. Mr. Brockmeier's short novel is very well written with a decidedly melancholy tone. It's thought-provoking but a little of a downer.