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The Brief History of the Dead by [Brockmeier, Kevin]
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3.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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'An unearthly literary tale' (Bookseller)

Unique and spellbinding ... Brockmeier is up to something different (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

'A moving and unsettling meditation on memories, how recollections of the seemingly trivial can sustain us' (Books Quarterly (Waterstone's))

'Brockmeier investigates our capacity for wonder ... and the result is exacting and perfectly strange' (For THINGS THAT FALL FROM THE SKY) (The New Yorker)

'A story of spellbinding power and imagination which resonates long after the final page' (Tangled Web)

'Sure-to-be-acclaimed fiction mixes with travelogue ... Gripping - and moving - stuff.' (Sunday Times Travel Magazine - February 2006)

'A spellbinding novel' (Amy Worth, lead account manager, books, Amazon; Bookseller/ February Booksellers' choice)

'His confident voice, observational brilliance and playful humour dazzle to the end.' (The Times)

'Imagery like this abounds so that reading Brockmeier's prose is like eating a plate full of tasty titbits. You are bound to be delighted over and over again...it's entertaining and pleasurable to read.' (Canberra Times)

'Luminous' (The Age)

The Brief History of the Dead is more magic realism than science fiction. Brockmeier brings to his book the inquisitive soul of a child. He is a master of the imaginative ponder. His prose is full of whimsy, word play and metaphysical musing. ... evocative and attentive...truly spellbinding. (Weekend Australian)

'The themes...are united with wonderful delicacy . . . A prodigy of imagination, insight and overwhelming tenderness' (Murrough O'Brien, The Independent)

'Interesting and intellectually daring' (New Statesman)

'A genuine page turner' (Derby Evening Telegraph)

'The inventiveness with which the author links (the worlds of the living and the dead) is highly impressive' (Financial Times)

'Brockmeier is a lyrical yet subtle writer, interested in perplexing teleological questions . . . A powerful read' (Time Out)

'Such is his sensitivity and skill that Brockmeier contrives a mystery that is nonetheless subtle, absorbing and ultimately satisfying.' (Colin Greenland, Guardian)

'The Brief History of the Dead is altogether remarkable' (Good Reading)

'An intriguing take on the afterlife and will encourage you to think about what death means to you' (The Weekly Times)

'Sort of like Lost in a good book . . . Comparison with Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones is inevitable' (USA Today)

'Convincing . . . reflects on relationships in a beautiful, delicate manner' (Publisher's Weekly)

Time Out

`Brockmeier is a lyrical yet subtle writer, interested in
perplexing teleological questions . . . A powerful read'

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 778 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Publisher: John Murray (21 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00590YJXU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #186,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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