Among the Dead

Among the Dead Michael Tolkin s acclaimed second novel Among the Dead is an arresting examination of public and private grief in the wake of unspeakable disaster a slow burning tour de force of psychological fict

  • Title: Among the Dead
  • Author: Michael Tolkin
  • ISBN: 9780802138828
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • Michael Tolkin s acclaimed second novel, Among the Dead, is an arresting examination of public and private grief in the wake of unspeakable disaster, a slow burning tour de force of psychological fiction When Frank Gale writes a passionate letter to his wife confessing an affair, he hopes all can be forgiven on the warm beaches of Mexico But the farewell kiss of his girlMichael Tolkin s acclaimed second novel, Among the Dead, is an arresting examination of public and private grief in the wake of unspeakable disaster, a slow burning tour de force of psychological fiction When Frank Gale writes a passionate letter to his wife confessing an affair, he hopes all can be forgiven on the warm beaches of Mexico But the farewell kiss of his girlfriend causes him to miss the flight carrying his wife and daughter, and when he learns that their plane has crashed in a crowded city, his life changes in the course of seconds Soon Frank s letter is discovered among the dead, and suddenly one man s struggle to comprehend his loss and grief becomes consumed in a media circus of legal drama, family quarrels, and public scandal.

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    1. This is the kind of dark, dark comedy that I love, the kind that makes people give me strange looks and ask what's wrong with me. As far as I'm concerned, "Among the Dead" ranks right up there with Fay Weldon's "The Life and Loves of a She-Devil" as one of the great comic novels of moral degradation and its many indignities. Frank Gale is an absolute snake who is plotting how to reveal his infidelities to his wife in order to minimize the damage to himself and maximize his personal happiness. Th [...]

    2. I honestly do not know why this book was ever published. It is one of the worst books I have ever read. Deceived by a very interesting blurb, I purchased it from my local charity shop. Now I know why it was there.None of the characters are likeable and I immediately detested the main character. He was an extremely disturbing man, who is unemotional at the deaths of his family. Instead of grieving he is more concerned with his ailing career and the outward persona he creates. There is also one ot [...]

    3. I'm guessing that many people start this book because of the synopsis, thinking this would be a cathartic companion piece to something schmaltzy like THE DESCENDANTS (to be fair, I only saw the movie). Those people must hate AMONG THE DEAD.If there was even an inkling of sentimentality here it went down with the plane. The set-up is seemingly simple: LA man cheats on wife, but decides he wants to work on marriage, and calls off his affair; he writes a letter to wife explaining that he cheated, b [...]

    4. I seem to be on a roll with biting, satirical novel (see review of "Erasure"). This is a brilliant study of a man-in-decline, with interior monologues that singe the soul. Tolkin is the author of "The Player" and writer/director of the close-to-the-bone film, "The Rapture." Protagonist Frank Gale misses a flight that his wife and 3-year-old daughter are on, because he lingered too long over his last lunch with his mistress. When the flight from LA to Mexico crashes in San Diego, Frank Gale's psy [...]

    5. A man who has been cheating on his wife loses her and his young daughter in a plane crash. Hilarious hijinks ensue, along with labyrinthine journeys through the narrator's mind as he explores alternate pasts and futures that reveal him to be a pathetic loser with low self-esteem, or maybe just human. I've read this one about three times; it's perhaps not the most realistic portrayal of grief and loss, but it's hysterical if you can handle it.

    6. Harrowing and bleak and ugly. Also, funny as hell. I found it comforting (or, more accurately, "comforting") to read so accurate a depiction of my own uncontrollable thoughts of what-if, maybe-if-I-had, and if-only during crisis.

    7. I don't know if I should finish this book because I don't like it, but would like to know where it's going. Often I find myself rolling my eyes and thinking the author clearly hasn't experienced any tragedy like the one he writes about.

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