Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Now: Being and Becoming Paperback – May 30, 2010
|New from||Used from|
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Stan I.S. Law made a great decision to write NOW Being & Becoming in the first-person. This way, we are directly in our protagonist's head. The reader gets immersed in what he's considering to be important, what no longer matters, and where does one go from here? There are tons of powerful moments where the reader gets to witness those crises. Brilliant job, once again.
It's intriguing to contemplate Law's interpretations of scripture, ancient poetry and musings, and modern cosmology. An extraordinary puzzle audaciously put together! How he can sustain what is basically a stream of consciousness for 300 spellbinding pages reminds of Mozart's tour de forces of weaving together four or more counterpoints.
Well done, Mr. Stan I.S. Law!
Stan I.S. Law brings us the story of John.
When John is in an accident he is seriously hurt. His consciousness stays behind at the scene of the accident while his body is transported via ambulance to the hospital. He believes he has died and starts to think about life and about his wife Ruth. He thinks she will be mad at him, that she told him not to have that second scotch even though it was likely a pothole that caused the accident.
John goes on to ponder his life and whether he is, at the moment, still alive. The narration flows naturally as if they were your own thoughts drawing you hypnotically into the story. Through John we begin to feel as though we know Ruth and begin to feel compassion for how this experience will affect her. The tenderness that exists between John and Ruth is beautiful and amazing. As the story progresses John is introduced to deeper thoughts and experiences involving science, religion and faith.
Law’s ability to create a story that transcends the typical boundaries never ceases to amaze me. He has an uncanny ability to build a whole world around you that you are completely immersed in. Everything comes to life - the scenery, the noises, tastes, smells, thoughts, feelings, science, urgency and so much more as John exposes every thought and experience he has.
For an unparalleled experience, I highly recommend it!
I loved the first person point of view of the main character, John, and the poignant knowing of his relationship with Ruth through his musings and considerations. John’s perspective is not only unique in that, honestly, I’ve never read the thoughts of someone who’s body is in a coma, but also unique in their stunning honesty and authenticity and humanness. John’s someone I’d like to sit down and have a beer with and I can’t even figure out how this author has created such splendor in a character and in such an uncommon setting as this story has without having gone through John’s experience himself. How does he do it? What a grand imagination Mr. Law has.
All of the story technicalities and mechanics aside, I simply have to say that I feel connected more than ever to my fellows in the human race through reading this book. Any considerations I’ve ever had of what happens through the process of death are validated, confirmed, explored and felt even more deeply because of this book and I am left realizing that it is our mortality that unites us in the human race more than any other unifying factor does. As usual, I am astounded beyond words by the scope and breadth of this author’s ability to create and sculpt books which so perfectly challenge and intrigue the mind as he has done in every single volume I’ve read of his masterpieces. He is truly a genius of our time.