BookBrowse Reviews The World of the End by Ofir Touché Gafla

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The World of the End

by Ofir Touché Gafla

The World of the End
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  • First Published:
    Jun 2013, 368 pages
    Paperback:
    Jun 2014, 368 pages

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Bob Sauerbrey

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When Ben's wife dies he is willing to do anything, even enter the unknown beyond, if it means a chance to be with her again.

Who would think dying would be so much fun! Ofir Touché Gafla shows us how the touching, hilarious, and poignant human comedy continues on the other side - but a comedy finally faced with open eyes; one that reveals, as a mirror, the truth of our own lives here and now. Gafla's deep laughter is always tempered by compassion. His satirical, sometimes farcical depictions of the joys and hazards of life and of death often bring us closer to tears than a smile. Removing the veils, we see that each of our lives involves love and resentment, commitment and straying, true understanding of each other and the realization that none of us can probe anyone else's deepest heart. These paradoxes are not resolved in The World of the End but only intensified until we come to understand, and then accept, that such is human reality.

At the beginning of the novel, we meet Ben Mendelssohn longing...

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