Alexios, Before Dying
By Chance Maree
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Published: Feb. 07, 2013
Words: 72,246 (approximate)
A literary fantasy about life and the hereafter, full of rich, vibrant characters and settings. At its heart are ideals from philosophy and world religions such as the Hindu fragmentation of deity, the Kabbala, Sufism, even Plato's Cave Allegory. This unique and engrossing tale weaves subtle links from one chapter to another, barreling towards a conclusion that is utterly profound and original.
1924. In New York City, an eleven year old girl with symptoms of synesthesia befriends a street performer. They dream of rivaling Houdini until the magician endangers them both by stealing wrist watches.
1984. In Mexico, a dying woman wanders lost in the desert. She encounters a shaman, a delirious New York artist, ransom-seeking desperadoes, an unlikely villain, a dolphin, and an Aboriginal spirit named Boonga.
2004. In Saudi Arabia, an American graduate student with schizophrenia forgoes medication so that she may use her ‘gift’ - the ability to experience historic events. Psychotic symptoms emerge as the man she loves lures her into the hands of slave traders.
Each story continues on a wild ride into afterlives, fraught with challenges both familiar and unexpected, such as a flying space turtle, a gigantic goddess, bickering angels, and a splintered ego. All threads lead to a monumental after-afterlife where questions are answered and the unity of existence is fulfilled.
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