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Ghost By Alan Lightman,

  • Title: Ghost
  • Author: Alan Lightman
  • ISBN: 9780375421693
  • Page: 177
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Alan Lightman s first novel, Einstein s Dreams, became an international best seller and was hailed by Salman Rushdie as at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written His novel The Diagnosis, called highly original and imaginative by The New York Times, was a finalist for the National Book Award Now comes a stunning and distAlan Lightman s first novel, Einstein s Dreams, became an international best seller and was hailed by Salman Rushdie as at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifully written His novel The Diagnosis, called highly original and imaginative by The New York Times, was a finalist for the National Book Award Now comes a stunning and disturbing new novel about a man s encounter with the unfathomable.David is a person of modest ambitions who works in a bank, lives in a rooming house, enjoys books and quiet walks by the lake Three months after unexpectedly being fired from his job, he takes a temporary position at a mortuary And there, sitting alone in the slumber room one afternoon at dusk, he sees something that he cannot comprehend, something that will force him to question everything he believes in, including himself After his metaphysical experience, all his relationships change with his estranged wife, his girlfriend, his mother and he grudgingly finds himself at the center of a bitter public controversy over the existence of the supernatural As David struggles to understand what has happened to him, we embark on a provocative exploration of the delicate divide between the physical world and the spiritual world, between skepticism and faith, between the natural and the supernatural, and between science and religion.Combining a dramatic story with compelling characters and provocative ideas, Ghost investigates timeless questions that continue to challenge contemporary society.
    Ghost Alan Lightman s first novel Einstein s Dreams became an international best seller and was hailed by Salman Rushdie as at once intellectually provocative and touching and comic and so very beautifull

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    1. This book was frustrating On one hand, its marvelously written, with fascinating characters and a complex theme the very nature of reality On the other hand, I had trouble accepting the book s base premise that a man who claims to have seem something ghost like rise from a dead body would become the focus of such a high degree of fame and scrutiny In addition, the man himself, forty ish and unassuming, is almost ghost like himself In early chapters we learn that, although he was an excellent emp [...]

    2. Alan Lightman writes like a poet More specifically, his descriptions read like poetry It evokes emotions and paints such palpable images A man s seemingly ordinary contemplation as he waits for a customer to arrive easily becomes twenty pages of un putdownable picturesque prose from Lightman He uses his writing to evoke emotions and present an event feeling situation without ever actually mentioning that event feeling situation This is something all good writers do, a higher level of the most ne [...]

    3. A book where nothing happens and yet everything happens The division between this world and the next, black and white, science versus faith, fact, fiction, the supernatural, the wisdom of baring a personal experience to others who abuse that trust it s all here It s also written in the present tense which gives it a different tone the slowing down of conciousness, the sense of seeing everything in slow motion as it actually happens.This book is a slow paced, story of a man who works at a mortuar [...]

    4. Hmmm Definetly not what I was expecting I am a little upset, I feel as tho I didnt get my moneys worth on this one I bought it at full price in Hardcover I thought I was going to be reading a novel about a guy who sees something a ghost, or whisp, coming out of a dead body in the mortuary he worked at However, while that is in essence what the book is, I found that I was really reading a novel that just asks which camp are you in Are you a believer in the supernatural the second world, or are yo [...]

    5. It s notterrible But I was promised a mortuary ghost The book is mostly just a lot of talk about divorce, college nostalgia, career disappointments, daily trifles, and so on The supernatural bits felt shoehorned in and didn t quite work.The most interesting character was the funeral director who had panic attacks whenever he left the funeral home I wish he d been the main character Even without ghosts, it would ve made for a compelling story.

    6. This novel, a recommendation from a friend, was not at all what I expected it actually turned out to be much than I expected At the beginning of the story, we meet David Kurzweil All we seem to know is that David appears to be having a breakdown of sorts at the very least, he is wrestling with something that has happened to him a sort of battle between the logical and reasonable part of him and the other part, which questions life, its meaning and all of those intangibles that can t be proven a [...]

    7. I can t decide which was the annoying thing about this book.1 The scientists in this book, and how they react to the supernatural , bear no relation to actual scientists and their world As a scientist and statistician, I feel maligned Hard to get past that Lightman sets up these straw man characters to make his point about how science doesn t believe in the supernatural and can t stand that some people do Also, real academics would never be dragged into the sort of insanely stupid demonstration [...]

    8. I m still trying to decide if I like this book or REALLY like this book Lightman tells an unconventional story in an unconventional way David Kurzweil is middle aged and laid off from his job at a bank He finds work in a family run funeral home, where he discovers that he has a skill for working with the grieving families of the deceased He becomes a part of the funeral homes family, and comes to look upon the owner as a surrogate father He s been divorced for some time, but still carries a long [...]

    9. I throughly relished this novel What a magnificent philosophical debate on the afterlife and beliefs This book was so eloquently framed and wonderfully written that I couldn t put it down I really liked the details of the funeral home and the haunted quality the book possessed on every page David, the main character is your average joe He has a boring job at the bank He has a routine and everything seems to be moving along just fine until he is laid off at the bank and takes a job at the funeral [...]

    10. I ve loved Alan Lightman since first reading Einstein s Dreams Pursuing him into his novels has been a bit of a disappointment, however He utilizes a unique combination of the scientific and the artistic, but I often find myself wanting depth to the big ideas he tackles This book conveys well the uncertainty of memory and the sensory experience Lightman s writing style portrays a deeply unsettled protagonist who thinks he experienced a supernatural event, and follows him as he tries to reconcil [...]

    11. Forty two year old David Kurzweil, divorced and a law school dropout, subsists on diner food and lives in an apartment building with a Greek chorus of similarly unattached men So demoralising was his abrupt dismissal from the bank where he worked for nearly a decade that the only employment he ll take is as a mortuary apprentice a literal life in death.David finds an adoptive family at the funeral parlor, benevolently ruled by an agoraphobe named Martin While working in the slumber room, where t [...]

    12. When I see a book with Haunt, Ghost, etc in the title I expect the author to deliver Instead the only ghost we re entreated to is a three second vapor that the leading protagonist witnessed emitting from a dead body That s it, no spookfest The rest of the novel deals with the protagonist s preoccupation with what he saw, questioning what is, what isn t and being half terrified that it was in fact a spirit that he saw for three to five whole seconds The protagonist was an extremely unlikable lit [...]

    13. Although I never quite understood exactly what it was that the main character saw in the funeral home, I decided that it really didn t matter I was interested in how his situation turned out, finding the ending satisfactory, if not terrific The secondary characters were quite well done, not cluttering this relatively short novel at all My main concern was that I feel I may have missed the larger philosophical point But, even if so, and I enjoyed reading the book, is that all truly important

    14. I thought this was a mediocre read there were just too many plot points that seemed not very credible and it distracted me usually I m pretty laid back about that kind of thing, but not with this one I did enjoy some of the passages where he talks about what he calls the totality , i.e the thin membrane between the world of the living and that of the dead, and how quickly the future becomes the past In that way it was of a philosophical musings kind of book rather than just a ghost story.

    15. This books is the story of a man who believes he sees something strange while working in a funeral home He is not sure if it is really a ghost but knows that he saw something that he cannot explain Most of the book is about him searching for an answer, wanting to prove that he didn t just imagine it or isn t going crazy The book is very well written and interesting, but in my opinion, not nearly scary enough The book is about whether ghosts exist than there being one.

    16. Very strange book You never find out exactly what David saw in the funeral home, but whatever he saw changed his life completely There s a lot of philosophy in this book There are also characters that don t add anything to the story I checked this book out of the library thinking it would be about ghosts It was about much Interesting, but misleading.

    17. I was hoping for perhaps better from Lightman since Einstein s Dreams is one of my favorite books And it started okay and he finished really well, but there were some pretty dull stretches in the middle Not at all a scary read It s about the nature of belief.

    18. Alan Lightman s new novel, Ghost, does not contain a werewolf, a vampire or Patrick Swayze It may not even contain a ghost No knife wielding ventriloquist s doll carves up these chapters If you re looking for hell hounds, you re barking up the wrong tree Ghost is by no means the scariest supernatural tale you could read on Halloween King is still king but it may be the smartest, and for that reason it ends up being a hell of a lot unsettling than a horde of flesh eating zombies.A theoretical ph [...]

    19. Writing and storytelling are not mutually exclusive, but they don t always overlap Lightman clearly knows how to write, but in this case, the storytelling is so methodically slow and focused on an average fortysomething who has lived an underwhelming life, including a divorce and failed bank career, that I slowly stopped caring, even after he becomes a sudden local celebrity unlikely after seeing a ghost in a mortuary where he took a new job out of midlife crisis desperation I m sure had I finis [...]

    20. Well written book in general but I was constantly annoyed by the main character Probably interesting if you enjoy whiny, neurotic main characters with an unfathomable inability to understand the concept of replicating a study to get real results because something happening once may be an accident I don t, so this was really not for me I spent the entire book wanting to tell this guy to get a hobby, or to go outside and take a walk, or really anything other than constantly over analyzing Every S [...]

    21. I m surprised by this books ratingsI think people have forged a desire in books that is all together different from how the entirety of novels are This book is exquisitely written and offers a glimpse into a not so uncommon narrative in the sense that nothing to magical or unbelievable happens Which is strange because it is based upon a man who sees a ghostThis book did the job of entrenching you in David s life through various conflicts and inter personal talks I suggest if you read it, be pati [...]

    22. Lovely proseI enjoyed the writing than the book Some gorgeous moments here, but overall it seemed like a mid life crisis gone awry.

    23. In short, I wouldn t recommend this book, unless it piqued your particular taste or interest It isn t poorly written, however there are issues, in my opinion This is philosophical or psychological fiction, though philosophical in the sense that it asks an essentially unanswerable question, and in the end, doesn t bother to answer it If you see the cover and think this is a ghost story, it is not I didn t think that, as I always read a book s first few pages or first chapter before buying, but i [...]

    24. This book was on a list recommending it Why, I do not know.I thought this would be about a ghost Instead, it turns out to be something David couldn t believe he saw in the slumber room of a mortuary that David worked at.Obviously, the book is from David s perspective And let me tell you, David is one mucked up fella And we read on and on and on and on about David s boring, depressing, brooding, thoughts throughout the 240 pages of this book.At some point, I was bored to tears and glazed over par [...]

    25. I have to say this book gets better as it goes on My problem with it is that the characters only seem to really begin to feel real just before the book ends The first 80 pages feel distant, flat the characters don t seem to have volume or weight This could be chalked up to the idea that the main character has been living a kind of half existence, recoiling from spontaneity and the messiness of human contact for some time But I m not sure it s entirely a stylistic choice as much as the subject wa [...]

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