Thursday, 28 October 2010

The Death and Life of Charlie St.Cloud by Ben Sherwood

Pages 269

Published in 2005 by Picador.

I believe in miracles.
Not just the simple wonders of creation, like my new son at home nursing in my wife's arms or the majesties of nature, like the sun setting in the sky. I'm talking about real miracles, like turning water into wine or bringing the living back from the dead.

When Charlie St. Cloud was just a boy, he was involved in a car crash. He died on the spot, but was brought back to life by the paramedics. Unfortunately his younger brother Sam, didn't survive the crash. Years later, we meet up with Charlie again, he is now the caretaker of the local cemetery and his life seems to have been at a standstill since his brother died. He is strongly attached to the cemetery and cannot leave. He only begins to change his ways when he meets Tess Carroll, a yachtswoman, who is about to sail the world. On meeting her, Charlie's life begins to change and he must make a decision between living with the dead or the living.

I absolutely adored this book. This is the most beautiful ghost story I have come in contact with since the film Ghost.  It is not scary at all, it is poignant and wonderfully written. giving you hope that when you reach the pearly gates, there might be another life waiting for you on the other side.

Charlie is a fantastic character, one that you cannot help but fall in love with. He is unable to leave his brother and night after night he meets with him to play catch. He comes across as strong, but caring, manly but warm. I can almost see why they chose Zak Efron for the part in the new film (and I am so not a Zak Efron fan!)

This book is definitely about taking the chances that are sent your way. If opportunities arise, you should take them, run with them and watch your life blossom into the one you have always dreamed of. I would like to believe that their is something to go onto after we die and this book gives you the tiniest bit of hope.

To me, this book had elements of Flatliners and The Field of Dreams entwined in it. If you have the belief that ghosts exist, then this is definitely a book for you. A real comfort read.

15 comments:

  1. I've avoided the film BECAUSE of Zac but I may just have to get the book. It does sound lovely.

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  2. Oh gosh, I really liked Flatliners. I totally forgot about that movie. When the victim turns into the bully = scary!

    The movie is out for this book (is it out in your country?) It looks like a warm fuzzy kinda movie/book. I'm not in that mood right now,but will keep it in mind when I get there. In any event, it looks like a grab your attention, quick read of a book. :)

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  3. Great review! I've added it to my wish list :)

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  4. High recommendation indeed. Another book to be added to my wish list - oh dear.

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  5. A co-worker put this book up for grabs in the kitchen, and I snagged it because the story sounds interesting and I have no plans to see the movie. It's been sitting on my desk at work because the Zac Efron pic on the cover has put me off. LOL

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  6. Ugh, Zak *roles eyes*
    Ok forgetting him, just cant connect with thsi book

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  7. Wonderful review, Vivienne! My daughter is a Zak Efron fan, although she hasn't seen this movie. But she has also read the book and said it was really good.

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  8. I knew I'd heard of this before and when you mentioned the movie I knew why. I've heard the movie isn't that good, but it sure sounds like the book is!

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  9. Even though I don't personally believe in ghosts, this still sounds like a beautiful book and like one I'd enjoy.

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  10. Hi Viv, sure sounds good! I don't have anything against Zac but not a fan either. I'm not sure if this is for me but you never know...

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  11. i skipped your review because i was afraid of spoilers--i do want to read this one. i'll let you know what i think! :)
    enjoy the weekend.

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  12. I hadn't realized that the film was based on a book. I thought of Field of Dreams to when you talked about them playing catch.

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  13. Flatliners and Field of Dreams?! I love both those movies so I guess I have no choice but to put this on my TBR list :)

    Thanks for the great review!

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  14. This sounds like an awesome read1 I'm adding it to my TBR list. Hopefully my library has it. Great review!

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  15. I avoided the film, but the book sounds fantastic.
    Great review!
    http://thebookworm07.blogspot.com/

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