Paradise - a divine comedy
A comedy. A fantasy. A story of redemption. With quite a lot of Afghan food. Set in a world borrowed from John Milton's Paradise Lost but peopled with underperforming evil spirits, a quarrelling First Couple and a snake with a personality disorder. More
So I was driving to work when this suicidal lawyer crashed into me. She and I were flung out of our bodies, into the sky. So far, not a good day.
Captured, argued over, then sold, I ended up in a cage called Paradise.
This wasn't too bad, once I discovered I could use my memories to make anything I wanted.
I created Osama's, my favourite Afghan restaurant, re-enacted a few cricket matches, and even tried to create a working model of my ex-girlfriend Caroline.
Which kept my mind off the great blanket of doom and depression that was about to drop onto my head.
Shortly after, I found that:
(a) the girl shared the cage with me
(b) she hated me (but then, she hated most people)
(c) we were the guests of two spirits called Gaston and Leopold and
(d) they wanted to experiment on us.
Then a snake appeared. Fortunately, he was offering counselling.
'Paradise - A divine comedy' shows what happens when we let what's hidden inside us, out.
'‘Hitchhikers Guide meets Screwtape meets Pilgrims Progress meets the Discworld!’
'...absolutely loved it. A hysterical surrealist take on what is out there after life on earth, or next to life on earth, or simultaneous with life on earth, or whatever. A story of Gods in kilts, crystal clear memories, and walls made of our pixelated fears. Delightful. (4 stars) Jeannette M (Goodreads.com)
I also won Paradise in the goodreads competition…and I am really glad that I did. I didn’t love the first chapter since it threw a bit too much weird at you all at once (penguins which pull your soul around are an example). After that, the story got going and was really enjoyable! Sometimes you want to hit the main character on the back of the head and tell him to stop being a wuss, but how would you react if you had to build a paradise controlled by some used-car-salesman-style gods? If you like quirky and surreal stories about the afterlife, then I would highly recommend Paradise. (4 stars, Katie Webb, Goodreads.com)
What a great book! Loved the characters, the creativity, the dialogue, the imaginative idea of evil spirits keeping humans as pets, the insightful lines: ‘a creative, radical thinker, but not a creative, radical doer’,for one example; the image of the rain of God’s mercy, …. There is much to think about beyond the story itself and the book gives a delightfully comic but definitely insightful look into the human psyche and soul. It’s a mark of a good book (for me, at least) when I look forward to picking it up again to read and am slow to put it down. I loved every aspect of it. I was given Paradise by a friend who knows I enjoy good lwriting. I have to say that any book which keeps me reading the next chapter because I’ve become absorbed in the characters and the unfolding story is a book well worth reading. This is one of those books. I look forward to the sequel. (4 stars, S Sutton, Amazon.com)