26 October 2017

An Unexpected Afterlife by Dan Sofer



Publication: March 28, 2017 
# of Pages: 284
Source: Review copy from author *all thoughts are my own 




YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE.

Moshe Karlin wakes up one morning, naked and alone, in the Mount of Olives Cemetery. According to his family and friends, he died two years ago, but Moshe is not about to accept his demise lying down.

Is his new lease on life a freak of nature or the start of the long-awaited Resurrection? Moshe doesn't really care. He vows to beat his "afterlife crisis" and win back his life-and his wife-if it is the last thing he does.

But the road ahead is full of unexpected dangers. Along the way he gains insight into life, love, and the Jewish State, as well as the suspicion that perhaps his perfect first life was not so perfect after all.

Meanwhile, other changes are afoot in the Holy Land. A reluctant prophet prepares to deliver a message of redemption-and the end of life as we know it-when a freak accident changes the course of history.

Readers who enjoy the satire and humor of Kurt Vonnegut, Carl Hiaasen, Terry Pratchett, and Douglas Adams will enjoy this intriguing and humorous mystery in the Jewish lore and legends of the Resurrection, the World to Come, and the Messianic Era.


What an interesting take on a familiar concept! If you haven't heard of this book I definitely encourage you to check it out. It was interesting to find the main character Moshe Karlin had been dead for two years before waking up naked in the Mount Olives Cemetery. In his reawakening Moshe decides to contact Rabbi Yosef, the man who buried him, to figure out what happened. What made this concept so interesting was the fact that there was humor involved. I know that if I was to awaken after being dead for two years I would have absolutely no idea where to start especially when everything around me has changed. Like Moshe who ends up finding his wife in bed with his best friend, what could I expect to have changed? 

One of the best aspects this book was reading about modern day Israel. Being from the United States, I love when an author is able to be me insight to the culture of another nation. I don't know much about Jewish traditions when it comes to religion so this book provided me with the necessary insight to understand things such as the Judaism perspective of the resurrection of the dead. I must say that this book was well-written with an interesting plot. It makes the reader take a lot of things into consideration and build anticipation for the second book. If you're looking for a novel that provides humor, cultural insight, and a just a new perspective on life I would definitely recommend picking this book up as soon as you get the opportunity. I look forward to seeing what else comes from this author. 


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