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Sum: Tales from the Afterlives Paperback – 1 Apr 2010

4.2 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (1 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847674283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847674289
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 168 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"An absolute pearl of a book" (Stephen Fry)

"Elegant, surreal and philosophically questioning, each story from neuroscientist Eagleman offers an inventive, thought-provoking blend of science and romance" (Metro)

"Sum is terrific. The inventiveness, the clarity and wit of the prose, the calm air of moral understanding that pervades the whole thing, add up to something completly original." (Philip Pullman)

"This stunningly original book is little more than 100 pages long. You can get through it in an hour, but you'd be mad to hurry, and you will certainly want to return to it many times . . . Sum has the unaccountable, jaw-dropping quality of genius. It seems exquisitely adapted to fill the contemporary longing for a kind of secular holy book." (Geoff Dyer Observer)

"Anything that tells us, convincingly, that this really may be the best of all possible worlds has something big going for it" (Guardian)

"I suppose there could be people who dislike Canongate's latest find . . . those, dare one say it, without poetry in their souls. For the rest - the millions who even in a post-religious, secular society find themselves at unexpected moments wondering who or what God is, if he's not a little old man sitting on a cloud." (Mary Crockett Scotsman)

"Never short of new ideas, all of them rolled out with style" (Independent)

"Witty, bright, sharp and unexpected - as surprising a book as I've read for years. Every story is a new Heaven" (Brian Eno)

"Wacky and whimsical; a little goes a long way." (Sue Arnold The Guardian)

Book Description

Forty brilliantly engaging tales of what the afterlife might be like. The first 'surprise' bestseller of the Twitter generation.

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