by David Eagleman

Reviewer Rating:
4

Review

In Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives, Eagleman explores various possibilities for life after death in short pieces that are at once philosophically and scientifically complex and beautifully poetic. These forty pieces were somehow both stimulating and strangely comforting, not to mention invariably poignant. The only negative comment I could make about this book is that the pieces are not that distinct and somewhat blend together in my memory, but that is to be expected as they are all essentially iterations of the same topic. Overall, a brilliant collection and a wonderful source for the imagination, with an incredible amount of material to unpack. One line that struck me comes from “Apostacy”: “So She [God] finds Herself unappreciated and lonely, wandering in solitude among the infinite cloudscapes of the nonbelieving believers.”

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