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As I Died Laughing Paperback – April 21, 2015
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About the Author
Considered a trailblazer in creating virtual initiatives in the early years of the Internet, David Lloyd has never ceased in his exploration of the effect of virtual worlds upon the human condition. David also writes a blog: "Why I May Still Be Canadian", which chronicles the reflections of a transplanted Canadian whose adult roots have developed in the Negev Desert in Israel.
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The setting flits between Canada and Israel and adds some interesting sociological and cultural insights, not the least of which is the introduction of the lovely Layla. Is this a red herring or the foreshadowing of a political possibly even a terrorist element?
While there is plenty to think and surmise about in this book, the calm easy pace is deceptive. One needs to know how it will end. The ending however, is neither happy nor complete. It is entirely consistent with a plot which focuses on the uncertain journeys of its principal characters as they unwittingly put their everyday "real" relationships to the test. As I Died Laughing is one of the best reads I have had of late.
I don't think I need to review the story, as the plot synopsis is enough, but it's not just a simple tale of one relationship. Along the way we encounter all sorts of relationships - traditional, 'real-life' friendships and love, and online interactions, between both 'real' identities and identity constructs.
David's book challenges the emotionally safe idea that "real relationships are good and online relationships are bad" that we are constantly fed by the media - but, true to reality, you're left feeling that there are pitfalls to be negotiated in both.