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Get A Copy. Mass Market Paperback , pages. Published January 6th by Le Livre de Poche first published More Details Original Title. Cycle des Anges 1. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Les Thanatonautes , please sign up. See all 3 questions about Les Thanatonautes…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Les Thanatonautes. Sep 28, Adriananas rated it it was ok Shelves: science-fiction , disappointing , did-not-finish.
DNF That's it, I give up on this book For the excitement and awesomeness I was expecting from a book about life after death, this is unbelievably boring. Everything is written so clinically, so devoid of enthusiasm.
The author is merely reporting events and there is little attempt to fascinate the reader. Not to mention the depressing characters. The main character, Michael, is so passive and spiritless, I found it hard to keep reading the story through his eyes. You want to root for characters, not want to kill them. Unless the book wants you to hate its characters and I don't think this was the case.
But mainly, the biggest problem is this book's theme. It's obviously trying to take a philosophical stance on death, life and god; it hits us with passages from different religion's holy books; Michael repeatedly wonders about the ethics of intruding in the realm of the dead etc.
And yet, all this talk about death felt so bland and uninspired. It was so tedious, really. So much death and not one sentiment was triggered in my body.
To be fair, I really don't think I am part of this book's target audience. So, I don't think it's a bad book, it's just not for me. I like inspiring books and this wasn't. Feb 11, Stacy rated it it was amazing Shelves: foreign , modern , This book takes place in my heart and in my mind. The logo of Michel and Raul 'You and me against the morons' will be my logo. Sometimes I had a thought that B. Werber is the one from the Great Initiated. Actually I believe in his Paradise. It's so well-prescripted, considered and absolute.
I still have mixed feelings about this book. The beginning was awesome and kept me going, I almost swallowed every chapter but starting from the middle of it I was more and more bored. The idea had potential but got lost somewhere by the author, this lively spark simply disappeared so I had to force myself sometimes to finish. Such a pity Jan 28, Dimitar Stefanov rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.
To view it, click here. What is it, how does it work exactly, what happens after that, can we escape from it… Almost all religions and spiritual teachings speak of life after death, in Heaven or Hell of the particular religion , or again on our Earth but in a different body, learning yet another lesson in the circle of reincarnations allotted to everyone. Confirmed materialists and atheists strongly deny the possibility of a world beyond the grave.
And maybe the truth is out there, somewhere in the middle… Well, in his book Bernard Werber tries to present his point of view. White tunnels, meeting friends who have died, dazzling light. But what happens when the President of a whole country goes through such an experience? It is most logical that he should encourage research in this field. And there is no lack of eager scientists. That is how they set out to explore the Continent of the Dead.
It may sound absurd, but a few centuries ago, it sounded just as absurd that there existed a continent east of Indonesia. Well, yes, but there was a real continent — with plains, trees, animals, aborigines! To talk about the Australian lands was as strange as to look for the continent of death now.
The analogy with Australia is even more complete, because the pioneers here are also prisoners, but the stakes are incredibly higher. In the beginning, as in every experiment, the death toll is high, but soon come the first successes. After entering a comatose condition artificially which is the easier part of the task , the volunteer must keep his connection with our world and at the same time investigate the Continent of Death in as much detail as possible.
Little by little, the map of this mysterious place starts growing. Just as naturally, the prisoners give way to inquisitive people with a free spirit, and successes are quick to follow. Revealing the secrets of death inevitably impacts people's life on Earth. Passing across seven areas blue: of attraction and joy, black: of facing your most painful memories, red: of encountering the most perverse vices, orange: of confronting time, yellow: of the absolute knowledge, green: of the absolute beauty, and white , the soul of the dead or the living thanatonaut faces a trial, where it's held responsible for its actions during its earthly pilgrimage.
The trial determines its reincarnation or leaving the wheel. If one has heaped up bad karma, he makes it up with his next life. He has a much harder start than people who have lived righteously. Well, with that knowledge, interesting times come to Earth. People become better, yet not because this is their way but because of petty selfishness.
Suicides become the norm for those who aren't pleased with their present state of life. And why wouldn't they, knowing that what lies in store is the inevitable reincarnation in a new, better and different life. Mankind loses its will to live, evolve, advance. It merely goes with the tide, not living, but semivegetating. The dessert in the book is, then, the moment that I believe has everyone excited by this point.
What happens if you still have lessons to learn and lives to live? What is beyond the trial in the seventh area, beyond death? Still, in order to ask the right question, you must first know the larger part of the answer. View all 3 comments.
May 03, little dumpling rated it liked it. I read that book when I was in high-school and it really did something to me; it's a clever and original novel about the discovery of the last land unknown to mean, Death. It's about discovery and passion, life and death and love and friendship, it's mythical and magical, it's moving and funny. And when I said it was 'clever', Bernard Werber's novels always are; he has a knack for teaching you things without your really noticing it.
Here the lesson is about world's religions and myths.
Les Thanatonautes by Bernard Werber
Buy on Amazon. We can tell you if you would like this book! Rate some books to find out! The book deals with the search for afterlife. Les Thanatonautes is first in a five-part series. The book, which one could classify as philosophic science fiction, takes us on a voyage to the last unexplored continent, death. The term thanatonaute is derived from "thanatologie", comes from the Greek god of death Thanatos and nautis and thus signifies navigator of death or explorer of death.
The book tells stories about the changes happened in the life of the members of the group what they have learned and the changes affected the whole world after the exploration of the death-land and its impact. I can extract two or three main ideas, that drew my attention: 1- people always make things wrong. As soon as people get into the after death land, they start fighting, making commerce, make it a place of profit, and so one. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account.
The book deals with the search for afterlife. Les Thanatonautes is first in a five-part series. The book, which one could classify as philosophic science fiction with a hint of fantasy , takes us on a voyage to the last unexplored continent, death. The term thanatonaute is derived from "thanatologie", comes from the Greek god of death Thanatos and nautis navigateur and thus signifies navigator of death or explorer of death. The novel tells the story of a researcher Michael Pinson and his friend Raoul Razorbak who go explore the Ultimate Continent called New Australia : the continent of death. This adventure takes us across the different zones of the continent of the dead to the famous light.
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