When a mortician appears on television to declare that death is infinitely preferable to life, he sparks a religious movement that quickly leaves Christianity and most of Islam in the dust. Now available in a Penguin Classic edition, Gore Vidal's deft and daring blend of satire and prophecy, first published in 1954, eerily anticipates the excesses of Jim Jones, David Koresh, and the Heaven's Gate suicide cult.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - SeriousGrace - LibraryThing
John Cave, as a professional embalmer, is intimate with death. While working on a client he has an epiphany of sorts. Suddenly he has deemed the act of dying a good thing. Cave is so taken with this ... Read full review
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"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to read a Gore Vidal novel." My apologies to Santayana. (And, "No, Dear, it was Santana who sang "Black Magic Woman"). But - truth in jest - tired ... Read full review