Book Review: Death: A Life

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Death: A Life by George Pendle
Genre: Fiction/Satire
ISBN: 978-0307395603
Published: September 20, 2008
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
Pages: 272


Pendle turns out a wicked satire of death in this faux autobiography. Death, the spawn of Sin and Satan, begins his story at the dawn of creation, before the beginning of God’s newest project, Earth. With only a bit of the Darkness from the deepest depths as a keepsake, Death and family travel to the freshly minted Earth, where Death’s father takes advantage of the gullible animals (prior to Satan’s arrival, the T-Rex was a vegetarian). It isn’t until Death accidentally kills a unicorn that he realizes his calling, and soon he recounts his role in some of the most celebrated deaths in history, including Cain’s murder of Abel, Socrates’ suicide and the resurrection of Jesus. However, Death’s profession is demanding and solitary, and at the urging of his only human friend, he begins to dabble with Life to relieve stress. He forms a physical dependency on Life, and after a 10-day period in 1582 when nothing dies, Death is forced into rehab and begins his painful recovery. Pendle’s coruscating wit is a great match for the material, and he makes the most of it.

My Thoughts

I’d been eyeing this book for a while now and finally decided to take the plunge when a friend mentioned she read it. This book is a hoot! It essentially is Death’s autobiography. The life of Death is very interesting and worth the read.

If you are easily offended or can not stand any kind of satire especially related to religion you might want to skip this book, it is not for the faint of heart. I found myself laughing out loud many times as well as gasping in parts.

Death is on a mission to find out what his life really means, he meets a plethora of characters along the way including God, Jesus & Phil the raccoon. Death is not happy and one day meets a human girl and falls in love. This creates a huge problem for Death and he grows a heart!

He is forced into therapy and it is decided it’s best for him to get rid of this newly grown heart and become unhappy again. A battle ensues in heaven and Death hopes to find what it is he’s really looking for. Will he find his love or be happy being unhappy?

This was a great book, incredibly entertaining and you must take the book for what it is, fictional and funny!



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  1. empress bee (of the high sea) April 27, 2011 at 8:49 am - Reply

    doesn’t sound like my cup of tea but glad you enjoyed it honey!

    smiles, bee
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  2. nonna ivana April 27, 2011 at 3:55 pm - Reply

    Ciao Roseann!!
    same as for Bee, you are young and can read that!
    Have a lovely afternoon!!!
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