A dying man can suddenly raise the dead...Death visits a vacationer in a dream, ready to make a deal...An actress abruptly walks out on her fast-lane life in Hollywood--and their fates converge in Jonathan Carroll's daring imagination.
While on holiday in Sardinia Ian McGann goes to sleep one night – and meets Death in a dream. It promises to answer any of McGann’s questions, but if he fails to understand the answers he will pay with his life.
In Hollywood the famous actress Arlen Ford realizes at the height of her career that she is lost in her life, and must drop out of it if she is to save herself. Giving up everything, she flees to Europe where she meets war correspondent Leland Zivic. From the beginning their relationship is astonishing and all consuming. Arlen has been waiting for this man all her life.
And in Vienna the terminally ill Wyatt Leonard suddenly discovers that he has the ability to raise the dead …
“Cannot be recommended too highly”
“A stark, cunning parable about the excruciating fact of our own eventual deaths … a fine and harrowing work of fiction”
NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
“Carroll is like death in his narrative skills – all benign plausibility and ratlike cunning”
After a promising start where one of the central characters meets death in a dream and promises to answer any questions put to him, so long as he understands the answers, if not the price is his life. This is a good basis to start from; unfortunately, (maybe I didn't understand the sub-plot and paid with the price of deathly boredom),as the other characters are limp and flaccid and unbelievable.
The moments when the text wakes you up again are when death makes what can only be too few appearances before the diction starts to dribble again. In hindsight even that isn't good enough for this to remain sustainable throughout and by mid-way you don't care about the characters, the plot or whether you finish the book. I did finish it but I felt like I'd battled to the final page to attain this.