Dan Cluchey – The Life of the World to Come

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"Does it hurt" asked the Rabbit. 'Sometimes,' said the Skin Horse, for he was always truthful. 'When you are Real you don't mind being hurt.' 'Does it happen all at once, like being wound up,' he asked, 'or bit by bit' 'It doesn't happen all at once,' said the Skin Horse. 'You become. It takes a long time. That's why it doesn't happen often to people who break easily, or have sharp edges, or who have to be carefully kept." - Velveteen Rabbit

The Life of the World to Come by first time novelist Dan Clutchey is one of the best books I have read this year. This is a hard review to write, as the book doesn't follow any formula and you can't put it in a box. A perfect explanation of Life, I guess. This book is complex and will make you think, but perhaps since the story is so well written it doesn't feel that cerebral, but a lot of things are happening, even if it appears that they aren't.

"I was blown open when she left - blown open, and I couldn't get closed. Everybody knows that, when you're talking about a person, open things can get infected and closed things cannot."

This book is about life, death and everything in between. What does it mean to die What does it mean to live Life isn't always perfect, things do not go always as we plan, but you need to be open to any adventurers and experiences life has to offer. Being open and vulnerable can cause scrapes, bruises and even broken hearts along the way, but it also allows us truly live and experience love and whatever good things life may have to offer.

"All of life is not about learning to die, Leo," she said. . . . "Life is about living, or course - about learning to live. I know you're not that sad, Leo."

I highly recommend this book, you may not think you will like it, but give it a chance. It just might open you up and change your life.

Probably closer to 4.5 stars, but since you can't do 1/2 a star, I will go with 5.


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