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The Ghost in Love

von Jonathan Carroll

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A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a curb, and dies. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die, and the ghost that's been sent to take his soul to the afterlife is flabbergasted. Going immediately to its boss, the ghost asks, what should I do now? The boss says, we don't know how this happened but we're working on it. We want you to stay with this man to help us figure out what's going on. The ghost agrees unhappily; it is a ghost, not a nursemaid. But a funny thing happens--the ghost falls madly in love with the man's girlfriend, and things naturally get complicated. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was "supposed" to because for the first time in their history, human beings have decided to take their fates back from the gods. It's a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price.--From publisher description.… (mehr)
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I couldn't pass up the combination of a talking dog, time travel and a ghost. Started out okay, but the tone grew increasingly hokey, the plot became kind of random and rambling, and by the end it felt like a bad YA novel - cutesy and condescending. The slide from 3 stars to 1 was gradual (I kept hanging on for the talking dog, I think)so by the time I was totally fed up I was skimming the last 8 pages. I feel cheated - I still want a story with a talking dog, time travel and a ghost. ( )
  badube | Mar 6, 2019 |
Started out interestingly enough. A man goes to a shelter to buy his girlfriend a dog and he picks the one that has been there the longest, sight unseen. On the way home he slips in the snow and hits his head. He was supposed to die, but didn't and things go very wrong in the universe.
It reminded me of The Christmas Carol gone awry. The gist of the story is that we are always hardest on ourselves and there are part of ourselves we are not proud of, but they are still a part of who we are.
I liked the story, but wasn't pleased with the ending. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
The world is going crazy. Ben Gould was meant to die at a certain time, and yet he didn't. The angels can't figure out what's going to happen next, and neither can Ling, Ben's ghost. Ben, clueless to his own significance, is just trying to figure out what to do now that he and his girlfriend German have broken up. Welcome to The Ghost in Love.

Like all of Jonathan Carroll's books, this one begins with a brilliantly strange premise, and goes crazy. Unlike what I've read of Jonathan Carroll thus far, it is very controlled, beautifully deliberate, and what unfurls from the very first page builds throughout the novel. The attention to detail is stunning, the prose is delicious, and the book is as satisfying at the last page as it is at the start.

I recommend this book to anyone who is intrigued by the premise, and more, to anyone who enjoys a well designed story. The structure, while linear, is not chronological and the book is interesting on a technical level. Moreover, the book will make you /feel good/ and wholly satisfied. Or, at least it made me feel that way. ( )
  Lepophagus | Jun 14, 2018 |
Ogni tanto un libro serio ci vuole
  annarellix | Jan 31, 2018 |
Needs a huge and sturdy pair of suspenders for your disbelief. At first it was like "Okay, interesting, let's see where this goes..." Then it became "What. What is happening I don't even know anymore gsdfljkvhleuvlwgvlg." Then you just give up trying to make sense of things and watch what happens next. This doesn't have a tidy ending, if you're the type who like that.

I loved the parts that read like his blog posts. Specific but universal human feelings/thoughts that give you pause. But the end of this story was just so messy. The role of Stanley isn't clear. I like the Danielle sub-story, and the idea of escaping into the happiest moment of your past.

Reminds me of Matt Ruff's Set This House In Order combined with Pratchett and Gaiman's Good Omens. ( )
  mrsrobin | Jun 24, 2017 |
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Like a spider web you walk into, it is not so easy to get all the tendrils of real love off after you have passed through it.
Usually at least once in a person’s childhood we lose an object that at the time is invaluable and irreplaceable to us, although it is worthless to others. Many people remember that article for the rest of their lives…If we describe it to others and explain why it was so important, even those who love us smile indulgently because to them it sounds like a trivial thing to lose. Kid stuff. But it is not. Those who forget about this object have lost a valuable, even crucial memory. Because something central to our younger self resided in that thing. When we lost it, for whatever reason, a part of us shifted permanently.
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A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a curb, and dies. But something strange occurs: the man doesn't die, and the ghost that's been sent to take his soul to the afterlife is flabbergasted. Going immediately to its boss, the ghost asks, what should I do now? The boss says, we don't know how this happened but we're working on it. We want you to stay with this man to help us figure out what's going on. The ghost agrees unhappily; it is a ghost, not a nursemaid. But a funny thing happens--the ghost falls madly in love with the man's girlfriend, and things naturally get complicated. Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was "supposed" to because for the first time in their history, human beings have decided to take their fates back from the gods. It's a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price.--From publisher description.

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