- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1132 KB
- Print Length: 395 pages
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008WFHMF6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #615,058 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Who Needs Paradise? Kindle Edition
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Top Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and whole-heartedly recommend it, especially if you like something a little out of the ordinary.
It's an entertaining read, and the unusual premise breathes fresh life into a genre I don't normally have much interest in. It also gives plenty of room for interesting speculation about the nature of religion and the afterlife, which is really well handled. Some of it's purely humorous, and some of it's really thought-provoking.
I particularly liked the way hell is handled - since Jesus washed away our sins, nobody can be sent there any more, but some choose to go anyway to atone for their misdeeds. I found the image of isolated men crying for centuries in an almost deserted hell to be quite powerful. There are also some great observations on the doctrinal differences between different religions/sects, and how none of them has the "right" answer but none are wrong either.
As I was reading the book, I actually thought it would work well as a play. Because it's set largely in heaven, a lot of the scenes are in fairly blank, static locations that feel like empty stage sets. The plot also moves forward largely through dialogue rather than action, as Daniel and Mildred navigate their way through heaven and hell, being told by angels and demons how things work. This kind of explication sometimes felt long-winded in a novel, but I could see it working well on-stage, particularly because there's plenty of humour.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It took me a little while to get really into 'Who Needs Paradise?' but once I did, I really enjoyed it. Read morePublished on 15 Oct. 2012 by laurajayw
I downloaded this as it is written by a colleague of mine. Initially I did wonder if it was going to be my kind of book - I do like a romance but thought maybe this might be too... Read morePublished on 29 Sept. 2012 by J9
I bought this book on a recommendation from a friend. It was not my usual subject matter as i've been quite engrossed in a vast array of crime fiction for a long time. Read morePublished on 27 Sept. 2012 by Ramses34
Great book. At once funny, touching, satirical, romantic, quirky, philosophical and many things besides. Read morePublished on 23 Sept. 2012 by Julian Ellacott
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