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Amor além da vida

3.94 of 5 stars 3.94  ·  rating details  ·  6,269 ratings  ·  590 reviews
A classic novel of love after death, from one our greatest fantasy writers. The premise is deceptively simple: Chris Neilson has died in a car accident, but his life-force--his spirit--is still conscious of this plane of reality. And he is still too in love with his wife, Ann, to completely let go. She in turn does not want to go on living without him, as each regards the...more
278 pages
Published 2008 by Butterfly (first published 1977)
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Becky
I am going to start this review by talking about the one thing that caused this to be a 4-star book rather than a 5-star book. That one thing is the author's note at the beginning.

Now, I almost never read author's notes or introductions, because I find that they inevitably ruin some aspect of the book for me. Whether it is a spoiler, or an introducer's opinion which causes me to think of the book in a certain way, or interpret things in a certain way, or whatever the case may be, it lessens my...more
Nataliya
As hard as I tried to make myself care about this book and its characters, I just could not.

First of all, it is very tedious, with too much exposition and endless infodumps in the dialogue form. The story gets so bogged down in the exposition that it becomes very dull to follow. At times it reads like a technical manual, with dry and repetitive narration. In this book, Matheson for the most part tells instead of showing, which makes it hard for me to enjoy the story. The characters are poorly fl...more
Shark
Jan 08, 2008 Shark rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who is running low on decent reading material
This book begins with an immediate fallacy: the author gives an introduction claiming that all events that occur in the book are true-to-life (though shown through fictional characters). This reminded me of Dan Brown's similar claims in "The Da Vinci Code." The problem here is that theological supernature is impossible to prove simply through research. Given that science and other such worldly ventures are based in what limited PHYSICAL proof we have, I don't believe for a second that someone ca...more
Bill
I picked this one up after I finished Barbara Gowdy's stories mainly because it was short and I wanted something quick to read and Hannibal wasn't being released for another couple of days. What a find.

This is the novel that the movie of the same name is based upon, starring Robin Williams. In the introduction, Matheson explains that the only fiction in this story are the characters and their relationships. The rest came from intensive research on the subject. The end product
makes so much sense...more
Doğan Kaytan
Bu kitap hakkında notlarımı tutarken sevdiğim ve cidden rahatsız olduğum konular hakkında notlarımı madde madde paylaşacağım. Sevdiğim kısımları kitap bitince yazacağım tabi elle tutulur bir şeyler çıkarsa o da.

Kitaptan soğutan etkenler
Adam ölmüş. Üzerinden bi dolu sayfa geçmiş hala, "Ben ölmedim" modunda. Abi sen neyin kafasındasın bi gel hele, konuşak seninle.

Neyse uzun bir sürenin ardından cennete gittik. Cennet'te fos çıktı. Akrabalar, ölen köpeklerim filan. Ben cenneti daha seksi bi yer ola...more
Stacie
Life on earth is only a panorama of vivid observations which seem real to you.

What happens after we die is a question people wonder about. The afterlife is debated about between the numerous religions in the world. This was Matheson's look at what that afterlife is like and how we affect what it will be. His running mantra throughout is that it is all in the mind...what we think, whether dead or alive, makes a difference to our lives and our deaths.

But, this was also a love story...It was a swee...more
Katherine
What was most fascinating to me was how well researched (though it's fiction) the book was. People who are familiar with "new age" and scientific discoveries on research into the afterlife from different perspectives won't fail to recognize many influences into this story. In addition, Matheson adds a bibliography of all the books he read before writing this work.

What most find memorable and touching about the story, which is the story of the way people who love each other strongly cope with lif...more
bookczuk
I really liked Somewhere in Time (originally published under another title) by Matheson, so despite disliking the video of this movie, I was looking forward to reading it. I was disappointed.

The cover of the book proclaims "After life there is more...The end is just the beginning", a sentiment I firmly believe. But I was sorely disappointed in this book. I found it depressing and irritating. However, I remembered I didn't like the beginning of that other novel of Matheson's, which I ended up rea...more
Chelsie
Aug 12, 2007 Chelsie rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who can read
This book is a very interesting look at life after death. It is a wonderful tale of love, overcoming all obstacles, including loss of loved ones and death. I like this book because despite the main characters(Chris and Annie), being soul mates they are not perfect. They almost go through a divorce, and the author manages to make them more real by doing this. Death and loss are some of they great mysteries of life, and I think this book does an exceptional job at trying to comfort us, and give us...more
Rachel
This book was VERY different from the movie, though much of it was very similar. The book shies away from the idea of a "God", where as the movie has very heavy theological tones and even goes so far as to state that there is a God. I can't really say which one I liked better. I feel like the movie was was so... well, moving. It is difficult to watch it and not cry most of the way through it. The book is a far more intellectual endeavor, no doubt aided by the hefty reference material in the bibl...more
Rob Slaven
I picked this book up at ye olde used bookstore because I had a substantial credit and figured I would give it a shot. In the end... I could have done better with my $5.99.

This book has been reviewed to death so I will dispense with my usual Positives/Negatives format. To me this book was just way too soft and fluffy. It meandered too much into the ethereal plane of voodoo witchcraft randomness. Rather than trying to tell a story it spent much of the text trying to explain how things work comple...more
Heidi Garrett
After watching the movie and reading reviews that said the book was better than the movie, I was very excited to read this book. However for me, the book wasn't better than the movie. I really wanted it to be, but I found the book cerebral, while the movie was quite emotional. The book is divided into three sections. The first and third sections are a bit too new-agey for my tastes. I enjoyed the middle section the most. But the end was rather preachy. I just don't believe that we are responsibl...more
Adam
What a supremely stirring--and strange--story...

Imagine that someone decided to research the most intricately detailed depictions of the afterlife from several religions, merged these ideas together into a cohesive whole, and wrote a tale about a man and his unbreakable love for his wife set in a fantastical setting utilizing said research. Now imagine that the man responsible for this story is mostly known for tales of horror and the macabre. That's exactly what you get with Richard Matheson's...more
Henrik
This book is a love story between a man and woman, and a very intimate, believable one, at that. Add to that a wrestling with the large questions of life, death, existence and reality on a metaphysical scale, and you know this is an ambitious novel.

There are many things in the story I do not believe in, and that, if the introduction is to be trusted, the author believes in, and there are reviewers of this novel that think this subtracts from the overall experience of the story. I disagree. The s...more
David
A beautiful story about how love and the power of imagination can triumph over heaven and hell in the afterlife. Above all, this was a story about romantic love...two soul-mates finding a way to continue embracing each other despite overwhelming odds.

I really enjoyed how this interpretation of the after-life created an atmosphere where the individual soul judges itself, based on thoughts and action during life. One can create his/her own heaven or hell based on one's choice of attitude and evalu...more
Kerry Connelly
Amazing,Inspiring,Life changing.
Whether you choose to view this remarkable manuscript as a work of non-fiction or the latter, two things can be said. Richard Matheson is either a literary GENIOUS or this is the book EVERYONE has been waiting to read,yet may not know it.
A remarkable book which was meant for me to read. It has reinstated my faith in the afterlife, helped in understanding of certain elements of what I believe to be involved with the process of the afterlife, as well as incorporate...more
Jeff Miller
For a book with so many heterodox ideas about heaven and the afterlife there is much that should have annoyed me. yet Matheson is such a masterfully engaging writer that such concerns did not distract me from the story. A simple story in some ways of a mans love for his wife and his pursuit of her even after death. Matheson novels always have a personal reality to them that goes beyond the inventive framework of the story. I always feel drawn to his characters because they have so many elements...more
Barbara
This is one of those books that only provides a very loose basis for the movie. If you pick this book up expecting Robin Williams quips, you'll be sorely disappointed. What Dreams May Come is really more about the author delving into his thoughts about the afterlife. I had a hard time reading more than a few pages at once because my mind would start to churn with thoughts about life after death and it would be impossible to concentrate on the book. But it is an excellent book. Just not one for e...more
Eddie Whitlock
I think the most surprising thing is that I looked up Richard Matheson to see when he died. And he hasn’t!

This is not his usual horror writing. This is a look at the Afterlife.

It was interesting, but far longer than necessary. Though he gave slow detail on many aspects of the worlds of the dead, he glossed over some of the more challenging spots with elusive “You aren’t ready to know that” obfuscations.

I don’t believe in an Afterlife. I wish I could. I read this book hoping to. It just didn’t...more
Tommi
I've just finished a fantastic book. Chris is killed in a car accident and leaves his "soul mate" Ann on earth. Chris enters "heaven" and discovers he can not go on without her. When he learns that his wife has entered "heaven" early he risks his soul to save her from her own trapped mind.

The author claims this story was written by his brother who died and translated it though a psychic. Is he telling the truth? Is this story a complete work of fiction? It's left for the reader to decide.
Estibaliz79
Pues nada, que tampoco era cosa de ponerle una sola estrella, porque al fin y al cabo es Richard Matheson, y calidad narrativa no le falta a la novela, pero para mi gusto personal se queda en 1 1/2. Reconozco que la temática no me atrae en demasía, por no decir que poco o nada, aunque por supuesto me esperaba algo más interesante y menos metafísico; que se incluya una extensa bibliografía al final, cuando de lo que se habla, casi más que de ECM's es del cielo, el alma y la reencarnación... pues...more
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Başlangıçta güzel gibiydi. Chris trafik kazasında ölür ancak dünyadan ayrılamaz hemen. Sonra yaz diyarı (öteki alem)dediği yere gider. Karısı intihar edince de onun boyutuna gidip karısına yardım etmeye çalışır. Reenkarnasyona falan da değinilmiş. Sıkıldım açıkçası..
Debra
Stephen King recommended author and book as noted in Chapter 9 of Berkley's 1983 paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
Lisa
I really wanted to stay on board with this character, Chris, and his adventures in the lands beyond death. The story is exciting, especially in the beginning, and has some gorgeous imagery (I love the "delicate purl of surf" Chris notices on the shore of the lake in Summerland). The story grows more tedious as it progresses and is so didactic that it gets boring and seems to go on for....well...yep, an eternity. Ann's helplessness and goodness is annoying, too, frankly. I was completely disguste...more
Randy
This book is a stinking pile. I'll review it fully here shortly. But it's rare that I don't merely dislike a book, but have utter contempt for it.
Kelly Moran
This was OUTSTANDING. The movie was great too.
Megan Lillian
I did not like this book. The most upsetting (and I suppose liberating to some) idea presented is that we, as human beings, are destined to create our own heavens and hells simply by our mental patterns. It struck me, as a trained social worker, that it is distinctly unfair that the mentally ill who suffer throughout an entire life time with depression/self-doubt/schizophrenia/etc. are limited by their very diseases to an eternity of post-mortem agony. Upsetting to say the least... If half the w...more
Sean Gainford
Brilliant Movie, Below Average Book

The movie based off this book was fantastic. It was a visual feast topped off with great acting.

The plot of this book is good, but the writing is lacking. There is very little sensual writing involved and no powerful descriptions to make you believe you're in this world. E.g.:

'Every work of art here is alive. Colors glow with reality. Each painting seems almost - not a good description but the closest I can come - three dimensional, possessing all the qualiti...more
Annette

I read this on the back of I am Legend, which I loved.

I hadn't read the synopsis of the book and wasn't expecting a story of the afterlife.

As one who doesn't believe in an afterlife the premise was wasted on me, though I tried to keep an open mind about it.

I just couldn't accept this all consuming love story, a love that transcended everything, to the point where Ann simply could not face the thought of living without her husband Chris. THis was a woman who had overcome many hurdles in life, be...more
Matt
First off, I'll admit right off the bat that I did NOT finish this book. I got about 75-80 pages in and just DID not care about anything that was going on in it, so I left it. I picked this up because I loved I Am Legend. The problem with this book is that the author openly declares in the introduction that the story is basically based on "real" ideas; that he's read a bunch of books about the "after life" and this novel is "based on" those "facts". I'll admit I'm a very skeptical person, so par...more
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Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of w...more
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