Wildly imaginative and breathtakingly surreal, The End of the World from award-winning author Andrew Biss will give you a once-in-a-lifetime read. Coupling majestic themes of mortality and the purpose of life with ample amounts of humor and absurdity, this story of Valentine's foray through a purgatory-like landscape will have you reflecting on your own life and turning the pages to find out what happens next. And how could I not mention that beautiful cover, right? One-of-a-kind books like this don't come along too often. Grab it now before life passes you by!
Name: The End of the World
Rating: 4.1 stars over 18 reviews
Description: An Odd, yet Oddly Touching Tale of Life, Death, and the Space In-Between by Award-Winning Author Andrew Biss
Are you prepared for what comes next?
Accustomed to a life of cosseted seclusion at home with his parents, Valentine is suddenly faced with making his own way in the world. His new life is quickly upended, however, when he's mugged at gunpoint. Finding shelter at a mysterious inn run by the dour Mrs. Anna, he soon encounters a Bosnian woman with a hole where her stomach used to be, an American entrepreneur with a scheme to implant televisions into people's foreheads, and a Catholic priest who attempts to lure him down inside a kitchen sink. Then things start getting strange...
In this story based loosely around the state of Bardo from The Tibetan Book of the Dead - an intermediate state where the dead arrive prior to rebirth - dying is the easy part. Getting out of Bardo and returning to the land of the living is a far more perilous proposition, and unless you know what you're doing...you might never leave.
Reviews: "This book was recommended by a friend, so I downloaded the sample to see for myself. I found I was hooked from the first amusing paragraph and it wasn't long before my mouse wandered back to the 1-click button so I could read the rest. I consider this tale to have a strongly humane and humanitarian message. It is an absorbing, entertaining and thought-provoking story, and one I would very highly recommend to anyone who appreciates a surreal and unconventional approach to 'life, death and everything in between'."
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