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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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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 3 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 3 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 4 months ago by Clappin
Whenever I read a Connie Willis book, I always find myself caring deeply about the characters - which was the case for this book as well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JOY 11
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 5 months 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 6 months 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 6 months ago by M. W.