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The Ghost in Love [BOOKS] ✮ The Ghost in Love Author Jonathan Carroll – Thomashillier.co.uk I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll They are delicious treats with devilish tricks inside them Michael Dirda, The Washington PostNeil Gaiman ha I envy anyone who has yet to enjoy the sexy, eerie, and addictive novels of Jonathan Carroll They are delicious treats with devilish tricks inside them Michael Dirda, The Washington PostNeil Gaiman has written Jonathan Carroll has the magic He ll lend you his eyes, and you ll The Ghost PDF/EPUB or never see the world in quite the same way ever again Welcome to the luminous and marvelously inventive world of The Ghost in Love A man falls in the snow, hits his head on a curb, and dies But something strange occurs the man doesn t die, and the ghost that s been sent to take his soul to the afterlife is flabbergasted Going immediately to its boss, the ghost asks, what should I do now The boss says, we don t know how this happened but we re working on it We want you to stay with this man to help us figure out what s going onThe ghost agrees unhappily it is a ghost, not a nursemaid But a funny thing happens the ghost falls madly in love with the man s girlfriend, and things naturally get complicated Soon afterward, the man discovers he did not die when he was supposed to because for the first time in their history, human beings have decided to take their fates back from the gods It s a wonderful change, but one that comes at a price The Ghost in Love is about what happens to us when we discover that we have become the masters of our own fate No excuses, no outside forces or gods to blame the responsibility is all our own It s also about love, ghosts that happen to be gourmet cooks, talking dogs, and picnicking in the rain with yourself at twenty different agesStephen King has said that Jonathan Carroll is as scary as Hitchcock, when he isn t being as funny as Jim Carrey Jonathan Lethem sees Carroll as the master of sunlit surrealism However one regards this beguiling original, two facts are indisputable It s tough being a ghost on an empty stomach And The Ghost in Love is a triumphant return.


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  1. unknown unknown says:

    The first Jonathan Carroll book i read, about eight years ago, was The Wooden Sea, an other worldly sci fi fever dream of a novel I really liked it, and then I finished it, and it made me crazy, because at the end, I had only a vague idea of what the heck had happened.The Ghost in Love is less opaque but similarly fantastical, and I could probably give both books the same capsule review It starts off making sense, and then things get really weird, and continue to get weirder Also there is a d The first Jonathan Carroll book i read, about eight years ago, was The Wooden Sea, an other worldly sci fi fever dream of a novel I really liked it, and then I finished it, and it made me crazy, because at the end, I had only a vague idea of what the heck had happened.The Ghost in Love is less opaque but similarly fantastical, and I could probably give both books the same capsule review It starts off making sense, and then things get really weird, and continue to get weirder Also there is a dog.Like a dream, The Wooden Sea has totally evaporated in my memory, but I think I ll be able to hold onto this one a little better because it has a great high concept engine driving the plot when we reach the prescribed moment of death, our spirits move into the afterlife, but our ghosts remain on earth ghosts being spectral employees that inhabit your personality only long enough to take care of any unfinished business you may have had you know, writing touching farewells to your wife in the fog on the bathroom mirror or sucking little girls into television sets or whatever After that, the ghost moves on to a new assignment, becomes someone else s ghost.This is the story of one of those ghosts, Ling, who shadows her latest charge, Ben, waiting for him to die While on the job, Ling falls in love with Ben s ex girlfriend, German, and is looking forward to getting to haunt her Except when his time comes, Ben doesn t die he survives an accident that should have been fatal That isn t supposed to happen Death, who is an amiable sort, is quite out of sorts and creates a big problem in the bureaucracy of the afterlife Ling is assigned to figure out why Ben was able to survive, even as the apparent rent in the fabric of reality introduces the sinister presence of a spectral killer in the guise of a homeless man.So, that sounds cool And it is But that s just the first part of the story, where everythingor less makes sense By the time Ben and Ling team up with another death survivor, who lived through a fatal car crash sic , and start time traveling, maybe, it gets tougher to figure out what s going on Which can be a plus or a minus, depending on how you read there are great characters here, and the romantic relationship between Ben and German feels very real and whole, and you might want a little better idea of why and how all this is happening.But still Carroll is great with his ideas, and this book has some great ones There is this great romantic notion of being able to converse, really talk to, all of the separate yous, to have a chat with the frustrated teenager version of you that struggled to find his place in high school, and the lazy college version of you that never knew all of the opportunities he was missing The idea of another person s love for you reflected in all of the people that remind them of you you are her third grade teacher, who believed in her, and also her father, who made her feel safe The idea that your own view of yourself might include ugly, nasty people reflections of you at your worst, because ultimately, so many of us don t like ourselves.Does any of that make sense It s like that in the book too big concepts that slip around in your brain, struggling for purchase, but you want to keep reading and figure them out Maybe you never do.I almost forgot the dog Ben s dog is a reincarnation of his former lover, who he inadvertently killed in a car accident I have no idea why, but large parts of the story are from a dog s POV, and Carroll obviously gets dog psychology Which is pretty fun


  2. Colleen Colleen says:

    Didn t like it Didn t get it I wish someone would pay me to write a book that seems like I made up as I went along No plot necessarythings can change midstream with no explanationnothing has to make sense I know there s a market for this kind of book but I m not part of it I just finished it and yet I couldn t even tell you how it ended The plot never made sense anyway so I guess I didn t care how it ended No part of the plot seemed to be resolved For example, the ghost in love he Didn t like it Didn t get it I wish someone would pay me to write a book that seems like I made up as I went along No plot necessarythings can change midstream with no explanationnothing has to make sense I know there s a market for this kind of book but I m not part of it I just finished it and yet I couldn t even tell you how it ended The plot never made sense anyway so I guess I didn t care how it ended No part of the plot seemed to be resolved For example, the ghost in love hence the title with Ben s girlfriend, German, turns out to be female, and Asian, and, beyond cooking German a large meal which she can t even see never shows in any other way how she s in love with her It s just dropped In fact, Ling herself the ghost in love is just dropped The author created these dog like creatures called verzes which come to the aid of humans when needed I don t know why they re even in the story they serve no purpose They kill the bad ghost who just comes back alive again There were a couple of things I liked about the book, I grudgingly admit The talking dog, Pilot, was amusing The relationship between Ben and German was very sweet They are clearly a couple who are meant to be together and you root for that to happen But that was not enough to make this book worth reading Too strange for me


  3. doreen doreen says:

    I thought this was a lovely book I would recommend this book with caution, for I can see people either loving or hating this book Readers may not like it because there is much in the story which is left unexplained, but I suppose I m a relatively complacent reader, as any mysteries left unexplained to me weren t as important as the feelings and thoughts of the characters, along with the overall message I took from the book.I happen to love The Ghost in Love, and finished the book a little happ I thought this was a lovely book I would recommend this book with caution, for I can see people either loving or hating this book Readers may not like it because there is much in the story which is left unexplained, but I suppose I m a relatively complacent reader, as any mysteries left unexplained to me weren t as important as the feelings and thoughts of the characters, along with the overall message I took from the book.I happen to love The Ghost in Love, and finished the book a little happier andpleased with life When a book encourages you to look at your life and consider what is pleasurable, reflect on whom you love, and remember things from your past you thought forgotten, it s like drinking honeyed tea and eating butter cookies This was, for me, a cozy book and I found the characters enjoyable and easy to relate to, even and especially the ghost in the title


  4. Jen Dent Jen Dent says:

    Some of the things I don t like in other authors such as jerky transitions and sloppy endings I eternally forgive in Jonathan Carroll because I am really taken with his descriptions of things and the relationships of who he is writing about All of his books have these characters with beautiful attractions to each other for all the tiny little reasons we each have for anybody we ve ever cared about, but here they are laid out for us the reader in charming array Touch, details, funny bits of mem Some of the things I don t like in other authors such as jerky transitions and sloppy endings I eternally forgive in Jonathan Carroll because I am really taken with his descriptions of things and the relationships of who he is writing about All of his books have these characters with beautiful attractions to each other for all the tiny little reasons we each have for anybody we ve ever cared about, but here they are laid out for us the reader in charming array Touch, details, funny bits of memory are all there At it s simplest this go around is a book about someone who died, but didn t, and what happened afterwards Sayingwon t give you the right sense of it Oh and dogs, ghosts, and the Angel of Death are involved, if that helps


  5. Selena Selena says:

    A librarian recommended this book to me when there were no Murakami books on the shelf She assured me that this would fill that same gap in my heart It sat around in my room, almost forgotten, for about a month, and when it was time to give it back or incur over due fines, I decided to read it anyway I began at eleven and finished at four in the morning.Jonathan Carroll s Ghost in Love begins as a relatively normal story about a breakup between Ben and his girlfriend, German Then we find out A librarian recommended this book to me when there were no Murakami books on the shelf She assured me that this would fill that same gap in my heart It sat around in my room, almost forgotten, for about a month, and when it was time to give it back or incur over due fines, I decided to read it anyway I began at eleven and finished at four in the morning.Jonathan Carroll s Ghost in Love begins as a relatively normal story about a breakup between Ben and his girlfriend, German Then we find out that Ben is being followed by his ghost, whom he cannot see, because he was meant to die and didn t As you can glean from the name, the ghost is in love with Ben s girlfriend And from there, it spirals into this weird place that is believable but very surreal In that way, it is very much like Murakami.Let me very clearly say that Carroll is an unbelievable writer His descriptions of events are entrancing but it is the emotions that he strings together beautifully that touch my heart In his explanation of the relationship between the main character and his girlfriend, I fell in love with the book In his odd introduction to a strange world, which I will miss, I was mesmerized.What I enjoy about writers like Carroll is that they take an already established concept like ghosts and change the rules Rather than allowing the reader to bring their prior knowledge and bias about a concept like ghosts, he changes it to such an extent that you have to be open minded about it It also gives him great leeway as the story goes on to further alter things or make them up entirely.From The Ghost in Love s title it sounds as though this story focuses on the relationship between Ben s ghost and his girlfriend German But it doesn t The ghost s love for German helps to further the story along in important places, but it isn t the backbone for it, really When I decided to check out the book it was partly becuase I was hoping for a romantic story about an impossible love and partly because of the intriguing cover art, but it mostly doesn t fit A definite case of what happens when you judge a book by its cover and come away pleasantly surprised.The ending of The Ghost in Love felt appropriate to me, leaving loose ends open and letting my imagination take the reigns It gives Carroll a chance to explore this universe again, though I am not sure he will Most importantly, I was left thinking about important things that I often neglect when I got to the last page fate, free will, the importance of love and the treasured memories of my past.I went to the library today and picked up another Jonathan Carroll book, the only one they had on the shelf, letting The Ghost in Love enter circulation again This is a book that I think I m going to have to own


  6. Michele Michele says:

    I love Jonathan Carroll Here s what happens to me when I read his books Number 1, reading the book is a roller coaster of delights There is always the element of the supernatural but I would not call these books fantasy, at least not traditional fantasy There is always some cool dog in the book that can talk Carroll has a million interesting complicated plot twists and ideas that unfold as the novel progresses and as my friend, C, put it, the novel crescendos to the very end Number 2, you I love Jonathan Carroll Here s what happens to me when I read his books Number 1, reading the book is a roller coaster of delights There is always the element of the supernatural but I would not call these books fantasy, at least not traditional fantasy There is always some cool dog in the book that can talk Carroll has a million interesting complicated plot twists and ideas that unfold as the novel progresses and as my friend, C, put it, the novel crescendos to the very end Number 2, you don t really remember most of the plot of the book, after a year or two It s just too complicated, and in a way, is sort of incidental to the ideas that it was transmitting But you do remember 1 3 characters, ideas, or scenes, and they stay with you forever Forever He is a wonderful writer and his books are smart but not snooty or overly intellectual Carroll can describe and show the ways that our experiences the painful ones, the youthful ones, the shared ones, the internal ones play out in our decisions and actions of our present Obviously, I highly recommend Try one, the one that looks most interesting to you Best wishes,MicheleBy the way, I own the kindle version, not the audio version but couldn t find one listed here I do listen to a lot of audio but not this one


  7. El El says:

    The ghost who is in love is Ling, a companion ghost to still living Ben Gould Ben was slated to die earlier but did not, thus throwing the ghost world into a state of confusion and disconcert Ling is attached to Ben in order to find out what exactly is happening and why those scheduled to die are not dying as the schedule dictates In the meantime, Ben is having flashes of another person s life and is suddenly able to communicate with his dog, Pilot As Ben s recently ex girlfriend, German, he The ghost who is in love is Ling, a companion ghost to still living Ben Gould Ben was slated to die earlier but did not, thus throwing the ghost world into a state of confusion and disconcert Ling is attached to Ben in order to find out what exactly is happening and why those scheduled to die are not dying as the schedule dictates In the meantime, Ben is having flashes of another person s life and is suddenly able to communicate with his dog, Pilot As Ben s recently ex girlfriend, German, helps Ben discover the truth behind his death , the pieces come together for both the living and the dead.Generally the best part of Jonathan Carroll s books for me are the fact that they start out seemingly completely normal and then suddenly they just are not any The difference here is that the story was never normal Aside from the truly bad title yes, it really is just bad , the story begins and ends in complete imagination chaos I liked it, though because of the oddities immediately from the beginning I did have a little trouble getting into it But Carroll manages to always make me feel like I m reading the inside of my brain, if I could put that part on paper He touches on reincarnation here and spirituality and death and, I posit, schizophrenia He incorporates dogs into a lot of his writing, and it adds a level of intimacy when they hold impressive roles in his books at least for those of us obsessed with our puppies I stayed up way past by bedtime to finish this one, but then that s what Carroll s writing does to me.And, on apersonal note, I have a completely different perspective on our adopted shelter dog now after reading this book I just have to figure out which crazy in my past or in my boyfriend s past she used to be


  8. lynne naranek lynne naranek says:

    The dust jacket features a glowing review of the author by Stephen King, so that was the clincher without SK s input, I probably would have teetered the othe rway and laid the book back on the library shelf So I guess I could say it s SK s fault that I had to limp through this book p Seriously, though The idea is good Something is happening people who are supposed to die are NOT dying, thus throwing the folk in charge of the afterlife into disarray Thing is, the normal system that th The dust jacket features a glowing review of the author by Stephen King, so that was the clincher without SK s input, I probably would have teetered the othe rway and laid the book back on the library shelf So I guess I could say it s SK s fault that I had to limp through this book p Seriously, though The idea is good Something is happening people who are supposed to die are NOT dying, thus throwing the folk in charge of the afterlife into disarray Thing is, the normal system that the author has envisioned is already kinda weird, with a ghost that comes in to finish up your unfinished business once you die and go to wherever it is you go in that version of the afterlife We follow one such should have died person Ben , get to know his not any girlfriend, and his their dog, then get introduced to another should have died woman mix in conversations with Ben s ghost with the Angel of Death, and mysterious furless earless protector dogs, pink fogs of cancer, and what have yous, and whaddaya know, it all made for a book that could have been so much , but falls short The only thing I liked in the whole book A scene where should have died woman is transported back to a pivotal moment in her life, where at age 12 she committed her first act of shoplifting except that upon witnessing the scene, she realised that while the 12 year old version of her did the actual stealing, she had been urged on by the 6 year old version of her, within her That she realised she had all these other selves within her, each with her own set of hopes and fears the 6 year old s constinued to wonder if she would burn in Hell for having stolen, for example I thought this concept was good Pity it got kinda buried in all sorts of other stuff, and therefore lost its impact Overall I d say don t bother with this book


  9. Bandit Bandit says:

    I m a fan of Jonathan Carroll s work I ve read and loved several of his novels, but not for a while Ghost in Love has all the classic Carroll s elements, great writing, small scale but gepic love story and plenty of magic weirdness Actually, with this story I think there might have been too much of the latter, possibly overwhelming the formers Although it all made sense in the way Carroll s books usually do, it was almost a bit too convoluted or overly complicated The story itself was great I m a fan of Jonathan Carroll s work I ve read and loved several of his novels, but not for a while Ghost in Love has all the classic Carroll s elements, great writing, small scale but gepic love story and plenty of magic weirdness Actually, with this story I think there might have been too much of the latter, possibly overwhelming the formers Although it all made sense in the way Carroll s books usually do, it was almost a bit too convoluted or overly complicated The story itself was great, sort of like a study on what love is and how it works and how we perceive it and how it affects and changes us From that perspective it really worked There were a bit too many times at which disbelief had to be suspended so much that it tipped the balance of magic realism just about all the way into magic Good thing there was always terrific writing and compelling characters to ground the story Pilot, in particular, was just awesome 3.5 stars Recommended.Review revisionAfter thinking about the book a lot, I ve decided to go ahead and upgrade my review to 4 stars Any book that stays with the reader after it s finished and put away deserves an upgrade I think I really really liked the way Carroll describes how multifaceted everyone is and how we love and hate and have to live with and make peace with every aspect of ourselves


  10. Cynthia Cynthia says:

    Highly recommend What a wonderful imagination this author has Whatever you think this book is about, it s full of surprises This is a book about love, including self love It s about accepting all parts of yourself all of your different selves This is a great book for dog lovers too dogs play a wonderful role in this story This is one of those books which I will never forget I can t wait to readof this author s novels.


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