Death: A Life

Paperback | September 30, 2008

byGeorge Pendle

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The shocking new memoir from Death

At last, the mysterious, feared, and misunderstood being known only as “Death” talks frankly and unforgettably about his infinitely awful existence. Chronicling his abusive childhood, his near-fatal addiction to Life, his excruciating time in rehab, and the ultimate triumph of his true nature, this long-awaited autobiography finally reveals the inner story of one of the most troubling, and troubled, figures in history. For the first time, Death reveals his affairs with the living, his maltreatment at the hands of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, the ungodly truth behind the infamous “Jesus Incident,” and the loneliness of being the End of All Things.

Intense, unpredictable, and instantly engaging, Death: A Life is not only a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a universe that, despite its profound flaws, gave Death the fiery determination to carve out a successful existence on his own terms.

DEATH was born in Hell, the only son of Satan and Sin. He was educated in the Palace of Pandemonium and the Garden of Eden. Since before the Dawn of Time, he has ushered souls into the darkness of eternity. This is his first book.

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The shocking new memoir from DeathAt last, the mysterious, feared, and misunderstood being known only as “Death” talks frankly and unforgettably about his infinitely awful existence. Chronicling his abusive childhood, his near-fatal addiction to Life, his excruciating time in rehab, and the ultimate triumph of his true nature, this lon...

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The shocking new memoir from DeathAt last, the mysterious, feared, and misunderstood being known only as “Death” talks frankly and unforgettably about his infinitely awful existence. Chronicling his abusive childhood, his near-fatal addiction to Life, his excruciating time in rehab, and the ultimate triumph of his true nature, this lon...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:270 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.5 inPublished:September 30, 2008Publisher:Crown/ArchetypeLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030739560X

ISBN - 13:9780307395603

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from In Converstation With Death What would you do if Death granted you an audience? George Pendle’s answer is simple: he would listen to whatever Death had to say. In Death: A Life, Death sits down for his only interview, talking candidly for the first time about growing up in an abusive home as the only son to Satan and Sin, his rebellious years with the Four Horsemen, and his near fatal addiction to Life (and subsequent time in rehab). This book is wildly hilarious and a guaranteed laugh for those among us with a dark sense of humor. This is the autobiography that we have all been waiting for! This is an adult book. Due to langauge and content, I would not recommend this book for anyone under 17.
Date published: 2011-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A funny Way To Look At It Death, feared by many. However after reading this book, it's hard to see why. I really enjoyed the "life" story of death. From his early years, to his first friend, to his first kill. I didn't find it laugh out loud funny, however it was a fun read.
Date published: 2010-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting read Death has finally decided to set the record straight in form of a memoir. He wants the world to know that he's not all gloom and doom, that he is actually quite sensitive. Also, he doesn't actually kill people, he just helps there souls along the way when they have passed on. Death is capable of human emotion it's just that no one wants him to feel. You will be surprised to learn how his "life" actually is! An extremely imaginative read by author George Pendle. It is incredibly funny, with just enough seriousness. I have never read a book like it! I would recommend it for sure.
Date published: 2009-08-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fabulous! I absolutely loved this book, it is sooo funny. If you like Christopher Moore, you will definitely like this book. The book is the autobiography of death, the concept alone is enough to make someone want to read it, but some of the stuff the author comes up with is just unbelievably funny. I don't want to write any of it down here cause I don't want to spoil it! The book does poke some fun at religious figures (i.e god, Jesus, angels, etc), but it goes with the funny tone of the book, so unless you are super stuck up about your christianity and have no sense of humour, you should find the book really funny. I have already recommended the book to all my friends, a definite must read!
Date published: 2009-04-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Highly Entertaining Satire Death: A Life by George Pendle is a satirical novel pretending to be a memoir written by Death chronicling his life and work. Really though, it’s a parody of religion and creationism. Initially, I picked up Death: A Life because the concept of a memoir written by Death struck me as hilarious, but I wasn’t expecting it to be as well written and entertaining as it was. The character of Death was so much more complex and troubled than I ever imagined he would be, and the other characters were either the complete opposite of my expectations or they were like a caricature of themselves. For example, the angels in Heaven were mimicking the fashions and attitudes of the demons in Hell, and the archangel Gabriel had a bad attitude and was nothing but rude to Death. The dialogue between Death and many other well-known heavenly figures had me chuckling constantly because it was so clever and mocking. This novel took some digs at certain aspects of religion, and I think it made its point quite effectively while still being delightfully amusing. Death: A Life is certainly not a book I would recommend for everyone because it has the potential to offend certain people. It wholly mocks creationism, so it wouldn’t be a book for those with a strong religious background or those who might be sensitive to the subject matter. I would, however, recommend it for individuals with a good sense of humor or those with the ability not to take things too seriously.
Date published: 2009-03-31