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"The Last Laugh" is Hardly a Laugh,
This review is from: The Last Laugh: A New Philosophy of Near-Death Experiences, Apparitions, and Theparanormal (Paperback)
Although Raymond Moody coins "playful paranormalist" as the new paranormal buzz term, nothing about "The Last Laugh" is even remotely playful. Weighted down with overly intellectual terms Moody seems to make up as he types, the book plods along at a stodgy pace only a Ph.D. candidate would feel compelled to endure. While he seemed conscious of who his audience was in all his other books, Moody seems to have either forgotten how to write for the masses or ceased to care whether they'll hang in with him or not. If you're a fan of his other works, beware of this latest offering. It bears no resemblance in style or content to previous work.
According to Moody, "The Last Laugh" is actually the conclusion his publisher refused to insert in his first book, "Life After Life." He dismisses all paranormal occurrences as pure entertainment and in the process trashes any and all believers and practioners of it. Placing himself on an omnipotent pedestal, Moody looks down and proceeds to enjoy his last laugh at the expense of the rest of the paranormal crowd.
The biggest question I have is why it took him 26 years to finally enlighten all of us about the "real truth." Since its first publication in 1975, "Life After Life" catapulted Moody to international fame as the near-death experience expert. He seemed to enjoy the recognition, making the rounds of the talk shows and spirituality seminars along with cranking out other volumes as follow-up work to his first. I met Moody at a seminar several years ago and never picked up a whimper of his current claim that the paranormal is largely just entertainment. Nor did I get that impression from the literature designed to recruit people to his mirror gazing institute.
As a reader of his former books, I feel somewhat betrayed with his apparent change of tune. I can't help but wonder if it's being done to draw new attention to himself or perhaps to discredit other researchers and practioners in the paranormal world whom he feels may have slighted him in some way. In any event, I'm not laughing at "The Last Laugh."