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The brain cells started to die within moments of death. By the end of four to six minutes the damage was irreversible, and people brought back from death after that didn't talk about tunnels and life reviews. They didn't talk at all... But if the dying were facing annihilation, why didn't they say, "It's over!" or, "I'm shutting down"?... Why did they say, "It's beautiful over there," and, "I'm coming, Mother!"
When Joanna decides to become a test subject and see an NDE firsthand, she discovers that death is more and less than she expected. Readers are in for some shocks as Willis reveals the secrets and mysteries of the afterlife. Unfortunately, several running gags--the maze-like complexity of the hospital, Mandrake's oily sales pitch and a tiresomely talkative World War II veteran--threaten the pace of the story near the middle. But don't stop reading. We expect a lot from Willis because she's so good, and Passage's payoff is incredible--the ending will leave you breathless, and more than a little haunted. Passage masterfully blends tragedy, humour and fear in an unforgettable meditation on humanity and death. --Therese Littleton, Amazon.com
‘A compelling story on an irresistable theme … a profound and haunting parable’ LOCUS
‘Passage masterfully blends tragedy, humour and fear in an unforgettable mediation on humanity and death’ Amazon
‘Deep matters are discussed whilst a gripping story unwinds…a remarkably good and unsettling book…the ending alone should have you thinking for years to come.’ SFX
‘Once again, Willis has developed an idea that bears all the authority of a genuine insight: disturbingly plausible, compelling, intensely moving, and ultimately uplifting’ Kirkus--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Brilliant as all her books are Literally could not put it downPublished 3 months ago by claire bowe
not as good as the doomsday book but loved it. walking down hospital corridors became a bit tedious...Well written and imaginative love this author. off to read another.Published 12 months ago by denny dye.
Written with a good understanding of hospitals and research, this has well developed characters and a good story line. I wasn't keen on the ending, but I'm just being picky.Published 19 months ago by G. Laird
I think Connie Willis' Doomsday Book is one one of the best sci-fi novels ever; I think To Say Nothing of the Dog is splendidly entertaining, but this... I'm sorry, no. Read morePublished on 17 May 2008 by emmcol
I don't usually read books in this category and this book was on my shelf for months before I picked it up. Read morePublished on 31 May 2006 by A. Bohan
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are undeniably a fascinating subject, which Willis explores in a competent, if rather long-winded manner. Read morePublished on 24 Aug. 2004 by Cartimand
Near-death experiences (NDEs) are undeniably a fascinating subject, which Willis explores in a competent, if somewhat long-winded manner. Read morePublished on 23 Aug. 2004 by Cartimand
and only Connie Willis could get me to tackle it! Such an excellent writer should have a higher profile in the U.K. Read morePublished on 12 Mar. 2004
Connie Willis has established a fine reputation within the science fiction field for her satires, her mixtures of finely-detailed, fully researched history and the speculative, and... Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2002 by Patrick Shepherd