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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 * * Wacky and whimsical; a little goes a long way. -- Sue Arnold * * The Guardian * *

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In the afterlife you may find that God is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. Or you may find the afterlife contains only those people whom you remember. In some afterlives you are split into all your different ages, in some you are recreated based on your credit card records, and in others you are forced to live with annoying versions of yourself that represent what you could have been. In these wonderfully imagined tales – at once funny, wistful and unsettling – Eagleman kicks over the chessboard of traditional notions and offers us a dazzling lens through which to see ourselves here and now. His stories are rooted in science and romance and awe at our mysterious existence: a mixture of hope, love and death that cuts through human nature at innovative angles.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 130 pages
  • Publisher: Canongate Books; Main edition (24 April 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3R7FS
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