- Paperback: 326 pages
- Publisher: INHOUSEPRESS (May 30, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0978026772
- ISBN-13: 978-0978026776
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,735,141 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Now: Being and Becoming Paperback – May 30, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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!
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!
NOW is written in first person, and that was probably the best decision. Ever. It really helped me feel a connection to the main character. Reading this book puts you on your own personal thought provoking and emotional journey right along side the protagonist.
Overall the book is written very well. The plot is well thought out and executed. Highly recommend.