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The novel has been compared to Kevin Brockmeier's The Brief History of the Dead, and rightly so; it is similar in both setting and theme (but not plot). Both authors make connectedness the central idea; Brockmeier does it indirectly, and Weller overtly. But Brockmeier's book has a complexity, a profundity that this one lacks, and it is much more suspenseful. Here, instead, the cards are often already on the table, so what keeps you reading is not so much suspense or characterization, but the fascinating setting and occasionally witty dialogue.
For me, the book's greatest detraction was its inability to move me. Weller is better at telling you about a relationship (or his characters) than he is at showing it to you. That is to say, you read about the characters' lonliness and their desires, but you never manage to feel them yourself.
Weller is close to being a really good writer, and I will certainly be on the lookout for future offerings by the man. But he's not there yet. Something here--in both the events and the characters--rings flat. Still, anyone with a bit of patience and an interest in a speculative afterlife should give the book a try. Every writer, Walt tells Kip in the novel, has his own ideal reader in mind, and I should hardly presume to be Weller's.
The Land of Later On is about a jazz pianist named Kip suffering a debilitating neurological condition that robs him of his ability to play. Life has already taken the love of his life, Lucy, from him and after four years without her, as his condition continues to deteriorate, he downs a handful of sleeping pills and awakes in a sort of afterlife.
Sort of a secular Divine Commedy without either God or Satan, the Land of Later On allows souls to travel instantaneously between places and times. Those who grow bored with such an afterlife can opt to go back and be reincarnated, losing all memory of their past in the process. Aided by Walt Whitman as a sort of stand-in for Dante's Virgil, Kip begins a journey to find his Lucy, unable to understand why she has not been waiting for him to join her. Is she angry at him? Has she chosen to go back? Has she traded in the love of her life for a love of her afterlife?
No spoilers here, but Kip and Walt travel from New York to Istanbul to India to the South Seas to Oklahoma trying to piece together the clues to Lucy's absence. There's a lot of talking (and talking ... and talking) about love and life and, well, the meaning of it all. I'm sure those are the parts of the book my friend found profound. I suppose I would have, too, had it not come across as a sort of Theories of Romance 101.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This story takes place in the afterlife as envisioned by the author. A unique and imaginative scenario in which the recently departed can return to familiar surroundings, meet... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Kenneth Jones
I already reviewed it using kindle, but basically it was very engaging , thought provoking and well written. Read morePublished 3 months ago by N. Edwards
Kip is a NYC jazz pianist who gets diagnosed with MS (multiple sclerosis). A few years into trying to rebuild his life around his progressively degenerative state, he loses his... Read morePublished 4 months ago by EpicFehlReader
This was as straight forward as it gets. No conspiracy theories no hocus pocus. Using Walt Whitman as your guide was wonderfully.Published 5 months ago by tspop48
Interesting account of an unlikely afterlife
. Definitely different. Well written and generally flows easily.
Makes you wonder about reincarnation.
Is it really the afterlife or time travel? Or is it time travel in the afterlife? Such a refreshing view, I was hooked from the beginning. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Lee R.
A different approach to life, and in this tale afterlife. An interesting read.Published 12 months ago by Mike
I thought this would be interesting, but just not my kind of book. Writer has a vivid imagination!Published 14 months ago by sandyann
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