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The brain cells started to die within moments of death. By the end of four to six minutes the damage was irreversible, and people brought back from death after that didn't talk about tunnels and life reviews. They didn't talk at all.... But if the dying were facing annihilation, why didn't they say, "It's over!" or, "I'm shutting down"?... Why did they say, "It's beautiful over there," and, "I'm coming, Mother!"
When Joanna decides to become a test subject and see an NDE firsthand, she discovers that death is both more and less than she expected. Telling anything at all about her experience would be spoiling the book's suspenseful buildup, but readers are in for some shocks as Willis reveals the secrets and mysteries of the afterlife. Unfortunately, several running gags--the maze-like complexity of the hospital, Mandrake's oily sales pitch, and a tiresomely talkative World War II veteran--go on a little too long and threaten the pace of the story near the middle. But don't stop reading! We expect a lot from Connie Willis because she's so good, and Passage's payoff is incredible--the ending will leave you breathless, and more than a little haunted. Passage masterfully blends tragedy, humor, and fear in an unforgettable meditation on humanity and death. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The other characters felt more like plot devices.
One of the most outstanding novels to appear this year, Connie Willis' Passageris a riveting blend of detective story, science fiction and spiritual coverage.
One last thought: if you really want to know what happens, you will need to read the whole book.
If you can get past the scientific vocabulary, which, while fascinating, has its limits, and the constant, repetitive, back and forth movement of these characters, there are some... Read morePublished 23 days ago by Amanda B. Willoughby
I really wanted to like this book. NDE's are fascinating to me, so this is is a subject which held a great deal of interest to me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brian Smith
You start out on one of Connie`s voyages with no idea what to expect. You get your money's worth! She draws you in deeper and deeper so you can't even stop to eat or take a toilet... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pool Operator
A powerful meditation on Life and Death, in the guise of a science fiction novel. Thrilling, mysterious, mesmerizing and convincing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by James Kenney
Slow to start, slow in the middle, and underwhelming at the finish.
Couldn't really bring myself to really like either of the main characters (Dr. Lander and Dr. Read more
I enjoyed all of Connie Willis's time travel books and was happy to see her switch subject matter for this book. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Flip513
A few years ago, I discovered Willis's Blackout, which I may or may not read, on a bookstore shelf. The plot sounded interesting, so I decided to look up her earlier work. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Just another reviewer
Not on a par with her other novels, like Blackout and All Clear.... Somewhat tedious in its repetition of similar events....Published 7 months ago by Clappin