The Ghost in Love

The Ghost in Love

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Baker & Taylor
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 Ido 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.

McMillan Palgrave
“I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll. They are delicious treats—with devilish tricks inside them.”—Michael Dirda, The Washington Post
 
Neil Gaiman has written: “Jonathan Carroll has the magic. He’ll lend you his eyes, and you’ll never see the world in quite the same way ever again.”

Welcome to the luminous and marvelously inventive world of The Ghost in Love. 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.

The Ghost in Love is about what happens to us when we discover that we have become the masters of our own fate. No excuses, no outside forces or gods to blame—the responsibility is all our own. It’s also about love, ghosts that happen to be gourmet cooks, talking dogs, and picnicking in the rain with yourself at twenty different ages.

Stephen King has said that “Jonathan Carroll is as scary as Hitchcock, when he isn’t being as funny as Jim Carrey.” Jonathan Lethem sees Carroll as the “master of sunlit surrealism.” However one regards this beguiling original, two facts are indisputable: It’s tough being a ghost on an empty stomach. And The Ghost in Love is a triumphant return.


Blackwell North Amer
Welcome to the luminous world of The Ghost in Love. A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a stone curb, and dies. But something strange happens: 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? And the boss replies. We don't know how this happened, but we're working on it; in the meantime, we want you to stay with this man to help us figure out what's going on. BJ The ghost grudgingly agrees. It is, after all, 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 even more complicated. Especially when the man discovers why he did not die when he was "supposed" to: because, for the first time in their history, human beings have finally decided to take their fates back from the gods. It's wonderful changes - but one that comes at a price.
The Ghost in Love is about what happens to us when we discover that we have become the masters of our own fates. No excuses, no outside forces or gods to blame - the responsibility is all our own. It's also about love, ghosts that happen to be gourmet cooks, talking dogs, and picnicking in the rain with yourself at twenty different ages.

Baker
& Taylor

Surviving an accident that was supposed to have killed him, a man perplexes a ghost who was to guide him to the afterlife and who is assigned to be his companion while higher authorities investigate the mistake, a situation that is complicated when the ghost falls in love with the man's girlfriend.
Surviving an accident that was supposed to have killed him, a man perplexes a ghost who was to guide him to the afterlife and who is assigned to be his companion while higher authorities investigate the mistake.

Publisher: New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780374161866
0374161860
Branch Call Number: FIC CAR
Characteristics: 308 p. ;,24 cm.

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Dec 23, 2015

Definitely original and mostly entertaining with a lot of unexpected insights where I hadn't really looked before. The ending felt a bit anticlimatic and I found the writer's style made it difficult for me to get through the book

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