Review From User :
(My fan went out on my laptop again so I'm writing this from my iPhone. So if I misspell or something...)
I loved, absolutely loved this beautiful story. I don't agree with the theology. I'm a Christian. Nuf said bout that. The story reads like a myth or legend, and symbolism abounds for the lives we live. THE POWER OF LOVE. That phrase describes the theme. A man dies and goes to a heaven-like place. He wants his wife to come, but learns she has condemned herself to the lower regions through suicide. He risks his soul by descending to save her.
The movie stars Robin Williams, ironic. I threw some thoughts about him in a notebook, and they cover the ideas in the book, death and afterlife. If you feel compelled: Robin Williams/ I miss you/ Man of the World/ comedian/ and hero-/ your laughter died/ with you-/ But I remember Dr. Seuss-/ a beautiful man/ like you/ who told us/ to be happy/ because you came/ and don't cry/ because you left. Your light/ your smile/ your gift/ YOUR GIFT-/ We forgive you/ for hurting us/ But/ only God/ can judge you. He knows/ your heart/ and if you believed. I hope to meet you/ in heaven-/ I want to hug you-/ and say/ We love you/ You made happy faces/ and bright eyes/ You live on/ immortal in the memories/ of recordings/ Your gift never dies -- We still love you.
I loved the depth and power of the story, found it purely captivating and laced with profound truth. My heart wrenched in agony and the pain of empathy, of love for another soul so close. I still hurt, probably will for a while, a good hurt, a love hurt. Matheson writes a reflection of a beautiful soul with an enormous heart, and a genius.
Chris, the main character meets his dog in heaven. Circumstances have separated me for some time from my family and dog. You see, my dog is super emotional and attaches and gets depressed if I'm not around. He's a needy baby, and it hurts knowing he hurts. Sounds strange if you've never had a dog. I pray he'll be with us forever in heaven, like Chris's dog in the story. I wrote another poem about Rascal but maybe another time I imagine him running in endless fields and seeing me for the first time up there. He freaks out if you leave for ten minutes. I can't imagine what that will be like after waiting years.
Matheson emphasizes the power of thoughts. They can make life heaven or hell. I wonder if sometimes people struggle mentally when they don't realize they don't have to, that they can choose to think differently and step out of their personal hell. When we try to help nobody can reach them. Only self-sacrificial love can heal them, as the book shows.
He also goes over sowing and reaping, a powerful concept, and a true. People say, Karma's a B****" I think s more accurate way to say it may be, "Karma's a B**** to the B****, and s Pal to the Pal.
The climax brings Chris to a decision. Against all odds he strives to convince his wife she can step out of her personal hell. The way he does it sets an example to those, perhaps, who may try to save a marriage dying. GRATITUDE. Made me grateful for my Angel and made me see I need to tell her. Love, true love suffers for the other, is willing to do anything, die on a cross, face derision and hatred, open up to blasts from bullets, whatever. Many leaders of religions have set an example. The story sets pace for the love story of life, and those privileged to experience it while the embers burn for a time.
This story, one of the best, most beloved, wonderful. Don't miss out. Don't, as I nearly did, miss the beauty of the sun and lake and mountains over a single rock blocking the view. Move to a better seat. See another perspective. You'll see the scenery isn't all so different from this angle.
About my dog, Rascal, a.k.a. Wascally Wabbit
When he leaves/ this place/ let him run free/ on grass/ in endless fields/ and a sun/ of gentle warmth/ under rainbow skies./ Be free/ little Baby/ With all your/ new friends/ forever./ My last breath will come/ and I'll stand/ in that field/ and you'll see me/ and I'll see you/ We will play/ We will run/ We will laugh/ again -/ forever:/ I'll never leave again-/ and you'll lie/ on soft grass/ under a pale white/ moon of perfection/ and your peace/ lasts forever./ Let us run-/ let the fields fly by-/ Let us laugh and/ open our hearts-/ and learn to fly/ and explore all/ the worlds/ and infinite space/ and infinite time/ time/ less. Never separated/ again-/ by loneliness/ and hurt/ rejection,/ pain/ will be lost/ forever/ under the deluge/ of eternal bliss. And it's me/ and you/ and all we love.
What happens to us after we die? Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie. Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death.
But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and when tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.
Richard Matheson’s powerful tale of life—and love—after death was the basis for the Oscar-winning film starring Robin Williams.