Sum: Tales from the Afterlives Paperback – 24 Apr 2009
Product Description Review Witty bright sharp and unexpected ... as surprising a book as I've read for years. Every story is a new Heaven. -- Brian Eno SUM is terrific. It's such a good idea that I was grinding my teeth all the way through wishing I'd thought of it first. The inventiveness the clarity and wit of the prose the calm air of moral understanding that pervades the whole thing add up to something completely original. I hope Sum will be the great big hit it deserves to be. -- Philip Pullman SUM is an imaginative and provocative book that gives new perspectives on how to view ourselves and our place in the world. * Alan Lightman author of EINSTEIN'S DREAM * Brilliantly realised blazingly original Sum isn't so much about the next life as this one. Eagleman's stories - parables? - a chilly reminder of our foibles and delusions. -- Colin Waters * Sunday Herald * This is as much an object of desire as an actual book ... elegant surreal and philosophically questioning each story from neuroscientist Eagleman offers an inventive thought-provoking blend of science and romance ... sly wit ingenuity and oddly acute insight into the vagaries of the human condition. -- Tina Jackson * Metro * Clever memorable stuff. -- Lottie Moggach * The London Paper * 40 intriguing tales describing different heavenly scenarios ... and all formidably imagined ... Readers may discover much to appreciate - not least the lives they are living now still so much better than some nightmares in these pages ... quirky occasionally unsettling ... never short of new new ideas all of them rolled out with style. -- Nicholas Tucker * Independent * I suppose there could be people who dislike Canongate's latest find ... those dare one say it without poetry in their souls. For the rest - the millions who even in a post-religious secular society find themselves at unexpected moments wondering who or what God is if he's not a little old man sitting on a cloud. -- Mary Crockett * Scotsman * A clever book. -- Robert Hanks * Daily Telegraph * This stunningly original book is little more than 100 pages long. You can get through it in an hour but you'd be mad to hurry and you will certainly want to return to it many times ... Sum has the unaccountable jaw-dropping quality of genius. It seems exquisitely adapted to fill the contemporary longing for a kind of secular holy book. -- Geoff Dyer * Observer * The most thought provoking stocking filler you could hope to find: a slender volume of bite size vignettes pondering what happens after we die. * Scotsman * It does what it says in the title - satirical playful troubling inventive thought provoking and often funny takes on possible afterlives. A complete one off. I've been buying it and giving to friends and family. Everyone is delighted. Keep by the bed and feed yourself one or two before turning out the light. -- Andrew Greig * Sunday Herald * Charming a bit whimsical and thought-provoking. -- Mark Sarvas This delightful thought-provoking little collection belongs to that category of strange unclassifiable books that will haunt the reader long after the last page has been turned. It is full of tangential insights into the human condition and poetic thought experiments ... full of touching moments and glorious wit of the sort one only hopes will be incopious supply on the other side. * The New York Times * About the Author David Eagleman PHD is a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas where his research laboratory is developing a reputation for doing some of the most unusual experiments in contemporary neuroscience. He has had essays published in all manner of journals including Nature and Science. He also lectures widely and continues to be invited to speak at universities all around the world.
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