Wednesday, January 10, 2007

"So you're dead, now what?"

Gabrielle Zevin seems to have some interesting views on life, or rather death in elsewhere. They say the eternal question is "What happens when we die?" well she answers that easily enough and that doesn't really seem to be the question after all, but what are you going to do with the life (or death, as the case may be) you've got and that Does seem to be a much better question doesn't it?
Fifteen-year-old Liz Hall, is looking forward to getting her driver's license, graduating from high school, going to college, maybe falling in love (pretty much the normal teenage stuff); she isn't really expecting to be hit by a taxi cab, dying and ending up Elsewhere (which, it seems is where we go when we die), but then, who does?
Elsewhere is actually very much like Earth, except that you age backwards so you know exactly how much time you have, the question is what do you do with the time you've got. All in all it makes for quite a thought provoking read.
The only quarrel i had with the book (and an admittedly tiny
one at that is the fact that the dogs spoke canine and the cats spoke catus~wouldn't a much more logical and reasonable language be feline???~i suppose it's not really a quarrel just a thought...)

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