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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 best aspects of this novel are not characterization, plot or surprising ideas but rather the amount and quality of research that was evidently done by Connie Willis before... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Massimo Coletti
Had to skim the last part of the book. The WWII vet was written poorly, he wasn't realistic. The religious people were sloppy caricatures. Ended the book feeling annoyed. Read morePublished 1 month ago by ThornTown
I found this book compelling enough to read through to the end, but I didn't enjoy the experience on two levels. Read morePublished 1 month ago by M. W.
A wonderful rambling and diverting exploration of death and dying, a book that is far better structured than it seems.Published 2 months ago by P Torvell
I forced myself to read this book to the end. I should have stopped after the first poorly written chapters. Over and over with 'the confabulations'.Published 2 months ago by Annette
I found this book both fascinating and irritating. Fascinating because of the subject matter, which made for compulsive reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by BrianC
An intelligent, zany, and thought provoking treatment of the mysteries of death, with some very clever and often funny dialogue along the way.Published 4 months ago by Neil Bason
This is the second of this authors books I have read and once again I found her penchant for the unnecessary detail and long-winded ness annoyingPublished 4 months ago by Julia Fleming
Tough subject matter handled in a believable way. Loved the metaphorical and symbolical layers of description, both covert and overt. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cynthia Hanson