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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: John Beaufoy Publishing Ltd (15 Jun. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906780366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906780364
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 1.8 x 20.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 153,855 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Some press reviews of the German language edition: The most original book in years! Ingenious and witty, this book leaves you wanting more!A" Good-humoured and thought provoking - a perfect book for the summer!A" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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David Safier was born in 1966 and is a successful screenwriter. His numerous awards include the prestigious Grimme Award, the German Television Award, and the international Emmy Award. He lives and works in Bremen, Germany. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Yuli on 24 Aug. 2010
Format: Hardcover
This was a really funny book, with a plot that kept me riveted, the story starts off in such a way that you cant help but carry on reading.....
I ve often wondered how I would react in the cicumstances brought up in this book, hopefully not always in the same way as Kim lange and I must add that the narrative had me in stitches on the bus, in the passenger seat of my sisters car, as I walked trying not to hit any lamp posts and step in any dog poo. I would definitely recommend this book and this is my first time reading david safier, definitely wont be my last.
you must read this book..I LOVED IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jackie on 24 Sept. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Bad Karma is a funny, but thought provoking book about discovering the important things in life. Kim, the central character, is crushed to death by debris from a Russian space station and due to the fact that she mistreated her staff, ignored her daughter and cheated on her husband she is reincarnated as an ant:

Krttx glared after the. `Stupid males!' she snarled. `They're totally useless!'

That, I reflected, was a remark you often heard from human females.

`The only thing they can do is mate with the Queen.' Krttx growled.

That, I reflected, was a remark you didn't so often hear from human females.

I stared after the flying ants. I was so inundated with sensory impressions, I didn't even hear Krttx cussing. Which was unfortunate, because if I had I would have heard her shout: `Move, or I'll bite you in the backside!'

`OUCH!' I yelped and lurched into action again.

Kim then goes on to be reincarnated several times - coming back as a guinea pig, a dog and even an earth worm. The animal point of views were realistic and insightful, but also highly amusing. It was great to see everyday human objects described from the the point of view of tiny insects. The only downside is that I now feel a bit bad about spraying "the Great Mist" at them!

Kim slowly realises what a terrible human being she was and makes an effort to become kinder, building up her karma so that she can be reincarnated as as more intelligent animal. It was only while reading this book that I realised how comforting a belief in reincarnation is. I was surprised at how many important issues were raised during the course of such an amusing book.

This has to be one of the most original books I've ever read and I really hope that it is able to gain the audience it deserves outside Germany.

Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nassar Reem on 14 Nov. 2012
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One of the best books I have read in a long long time - Witty, funny and different.... A must!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By snakelock on 3 Jun. 2014
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Read it in German first, liked it a lot, and then I was curious whether it worked in English - it does, and the translation is excellent. A light read, yes, but highly entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marian de la Fuente on 22 Nov. 2013
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it's very funny ! It really made laugh ! If you need an easy read this might be for you.....
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