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The author of the book: Richard Matheson
Language: English
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9788804460282
The size of the: 970 KB
Edition: Mondadori
Date of issue: October 1998
ISBN: 8804460288

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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 enjoyment of the book. I never know whether I would have thought of the interpretation on my own without the thought having been planted, for instance, and therefore I feel as if I have been cheated out of the full experience of reading, absorbing and pondering the book. I enjoy that part as much as a good story.

So, with that in mind, I avoid anything written about or pertaining to the book which I am reading, at least until after I have read the book proper. But in this case, no matter which order I'd have read it in, the author's note would have annoyed me and caused me to take a star off. Matheson doesn't spoil anything, technically, nor does he really change the way I interpret the book (honestly!), but what he does, is claim that everything in the book, except the characters, is true.

This is a book about the afterlife. Generally speaking, it's impossible for any of us to know anything about the afterlife until we're no longer living our present life. I know that there are people who hold strong beliefs in the afterlife, or who believe that their religion holds the key to their afterlife, and even those who have died briefly and have come back to tell about their experiences. And these may be similar in nature, but it doesn't make it true. There is no proof to back up the statement that this book makes, which I will get to in a moment. And while it is true that "the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence", any claim of "truth" regarding something that cannot be proven by anyone still alive feels very irresponsible.

I don't think that there is anything in this book that would physically harm anyone, and I do think that everyone should be exposed to ideas from all different walks of life, not just their own belief system, so I don't mean "irresponsible" in that way. I just mean that stating something as true when it is virtually unverifiable, and very subject to belief, is a fine line to walk when your career and livelihood depend on not alienating people by your beliefs.

I don't happen to be a religious sort, so in that respect, I was kind of wary of reading this book, given the claim of "truth" that I mentioned before. But I decided to read it as I would any other, and go from there. And while Matheson does touch on "God" and "The Creator" briefly, it is in very general terms, and does not specify any further than that. In fact, he even goes so far as to show people of the Christian faith as being a bit closed-minded in the afterlife that he depicts here, in that they are unable to imagine any other belief system as having an afterlife, and making demands, etc. Nothing outright negative, just that they weren't as open to possibility, so to speak. So I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn't preached at, as I was half-expecting.

So, anyway. Now that I've covered the one thing that bothered me, I can move on. For those of you who know anything about my afterlife beliefs, you'll know that I believe that what happens after a person dies is dependent on their own personal belief system. For instance, a Christian who has led a good life and expects to get into Heaven, will. For an atheist who thinks that there is nothing after death, there will be nothing. For someone who believes that they will make it to Valhalla, they will. A follower of Islam who believes that they will make it to Paradise, will. And so on...

I don't really know how long I've held this belief, but I do know that it makes the most sense to me. There are so many religions, and so many sects among each one, that it seems like no two people ever believe the exact same thing. We all interpret religion differently, if we follow one at all, so who's to say what's right? Why fight and kill and hate over a belief? My theory, they're ALL right. Whatever you personally believe is what you will experience. It's kind of comforting, right?

Matheson's book is similar to this, but different in a few major ways.

*********Possible Spoilers Below*********

His book states that there is a sort of ethereal energy plane which occupies the same space as Life, but on a higher level. People who are receptive to higher planes of existence, those who meditate, for instance, are sometimes able to travel in this plane, never realizing it is real, but thinking instead it is a dream or a vision. The higher in the plane we go, the more knowledge we acquire and "divine" we become on our way to rejoining God or the Creator. ("Divine" is my word, not Matheson's.)

What makes his afterlife similar to my theory is that the afterlife plane is a sort of template, onto which the recently deceased imprints their expectations of afterlife. There are certain laws, supposedly handed down from the Creator, which make lower levels (those closer to earth) into a sort of Hell (although there are countless Hells depending on what sort you create for yourself). People who have lived violent lives, for instance, aren't able to rise to the higher levels because they wallow in the misery that they've caused others, and do not seek to better their souls. Sometimes, they aren't even aware they're dead, and just go on living horrible, bleak existences until they ask for and receive help to change and try for more.

The higher levels, of which we only see Summerland, a sort of way station, is adjustable depending on the wishes and beliefs of the individual soul. If your idea of heaven is to have a library full of books in a house by the sea, you have only to create it. So, the higher levels are templates that are adjustable by will, whereas the lower levels are templates that are pre-written by the life you've just led, if that makes sense.

It's a nice thought, that we will all survive death, in a way. It gives us hope that there's not just a one time shot, and if we blow it, or it's taken from us, that's not all there is. We aren't just forsaken and lost forever. It makes me hope that something like this is true, and that I will see my loved ones again when we're gone.

This again is a major theme in this book. Love transcending death. This, I must say, is the facet of the book that most touched and affected me. Matheson's writing about relationships is mesmerizing. He is able, with so few words, to convey to me a lifetime of love and trust and intimacy between Chris, the main character, and his wife Ann, that at times I felt almost like I was spying on their lives. The way that he shows their love made me hope that when my life ends, I can feel as though I've had the kind of connection they shared. Chris's thank you to Ann for being everything to him was heart-rending, and I read it with a pain in my chest and a lump in my throat. Yet I didn't feel like it was contrived or fake, or that I was being manipulated. I just felt as if I was party to his goodbye.

Matheson's writing is simple, but he is a master at depicting life in all its glory and ugliness. He is quickly becoming a favorite author, and despite the fact that I disliked the truth claim, I'm sorry that I put off reading this book for as long as I did. I will definitely need to find and read more Matheson in the future.

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Ebook Al di là dei sogni read Online! 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 whom (Chris, Richard Christian, and Ali Matheson) are writers of fiction and screenplays.

His first short story, "Born of Man and Woman," appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. The tale of a monstrous child chained in its parents' cellar, it was told in the first person as the creature's diary (in poignantly non-idiomatic English) and immediately made Matheson famous. Between 1950 and 1971, Matheson produced dozens of stories, frequently blending elements of the science fiction, horror and fantasy genres.

Several of his stories, like "Third from the Sun" (1950), "Deadline" (1959) and "Button, Button" (1970) are simple sketches with twist endings; others, like "Trespass" (1953), "Being" (1954) and "Mute" (1962) explore their characters' dilemmas over twenty or thirty pages. Some tales, such as "The Funeral" (1955) and "The Doll that Does Everything" (1954) incorporate zany satirical humour at the expense of genre clichés, and are written in an hysterically overblown prose very different from Matheson's usual pared-down style. Others, like "The Test" (1954) and "Steel" (1956), portray the moral and physical struggles of ordinary people, rather than the then nearly ubiquitous scientists and superheroes, in situations which are at once futuristic and everyday. Still others, such as "Mad House" (1953), "The Curious Child" (1954) and perhaps most famously, "Duel" (1971) are tales of paranoia, in which the everyday environment of the present day becomes inexplicably alien or threatening.

He wrote a number of episodes for the American TV series The Twilight Zone, including "Steel," mentioned above and the famous "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet"; adapted the works of Edgar Allan Poe for Roger Corman and Dennis Wheatley's The Devil Rides Out for Hammer Films; and scripted Steven Spielberg's first feature, the TV movie Duel, from his own short story. He also contributed a number of scripts to the Warner Brothers western series "The Lawman" between 1958 and 1962. In 1973, Matheson earned an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for his teleplay for The Night Stalker, one of two TV movies written by Matheson that preceded the series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Matheson also wrote the screenplay for Fanatic (US title: Die! Die! My Darling!) starring Talullah Bankhead and Stefanie Powers.

Novels include The Shrinking Man (filmed as The Incredible Shrinking Man, again from Matheson's own screenplay), and a science fiction vampire novel, I Am Legend, which has been filmed three times under the titles The Omega Man and The Last Man on Earth and once under the original title. Other Matheson novels turned into notable films include What Dreams May Come, Stir of Echoes, Bid Time Return (as Somewhere in Time), and Hell House (as The Legend of Hell House) and the aforementioned Duel, the last three adapted and scripted by Matheson himself. Three of his short stories were filmed together as Trilogy of Terror, including "Prey" with its famous Zuni warrior doll.

In 1960, Matheson published The Beardless Warriors, a nonfantastic, autobiographical novel about teenage American soldiers in World War II.

He died at his home on June 23, 2013, at the age of 87

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