Beforelife by Randal GrahamBeforelife by Randal Graham


byRandal Graham

Paperback | September 5, 2017

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It's okay if you don't believe in the afterlife. The people who live there don't believe in you, either.

What if you went to heaven and no one there believed in Earth? This is the question at the heart of Beforelife, a satirical novel that follows the post-mortem adventures of widower Ian Brown, a man who dies on the book's first page and finds himself in an afterlife where no one else believes in "pre-incarnation." The other residents of the afterlife have mysteriously forgotten their pre-mortem lives and think that anyone who remembers a mortal life is suffering from a mental disorder called the "Beforelife Delusion."

None of that really matters to Ian. All he wants to do is reunite with Penelope, his wife. Scouring the afterlife for any sign of her, Ian accidentally winds up on a quest to prove that the beforelife is real. This puts him squarely into the crosshairs of some of history's greatest heroes and villains, all of whom seem unhealthily obsessed with erasing Ian's memories and preventing him from reminding anyone of their pre-mortem lives. Only by staying a step ahead of his enemies can Ian hope to keep his much-needed marbles, find Penelope, and restore the public's memories of the beforelife.

Randal Graham is a law professor at Western University. He lives in London, Ontario, with his wife and their Himalayan kitty.
Title:BeforelifeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 5, 2017Publisher:ECW PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1770413170

ISBN - 13:9781770413177


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting premise but tiring Although I was expecting a satirical novel, this was much more silly than I anticipated. Parts were clever and entertaining, but attempts at humour in every sentence detracted from the genuinely funny moments. The author clearly loves words, but sometimes this was demonstrated by extremely long wordy ramblings that made this book exhausting to read. I don't want to judge this book too harshly because if you're looking for an overtly satirical cartoonish book, this is it. It just really wasn't for me. #plumreview
Date published: 2018-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Footnotes Only Made It Better This book is a fantastic delve into the mind of an eccentric author. The book most closely resembles a cross between Douglas Adams (both Hitchhiker's Guide and Dirk Gently combined) and a the Handbook for the Recently Deceased, except like neither at the same time. It is a unique journey into the death of a husband and his quest to find his wife. The book remains humorous, but without sacrificing anything in plot quality. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoy--as others have said--satirical, jovial writing.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! This is a great book with lots of hidden mysteries and clever, subtle references. You don’t need to pick up on all of the references or mysteries to enjoy the book, but they do add a lot of “hidden treasures” to the main story. I won’t put any spoilers here, but do be aware that many characters in the book are famous historical characters who are now in the afterlife and don’t remember their mortal lives or identities – a lot of the fun is trying to figure out who they were in the beforelife before the author tips his hand. Highly recommended if you like silly, satirical writing with lots of literary and philosophical content.
Date published: 2017-09-17