Wow, this story is so relevant in 2011 as it would have been in the 1970's.
Have you ever doubted when to act on your gut feelings or leave it up to God on matter of merciful death & assisted suicide? If you have had those moments, this is a story for you. Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, it doesn't matter, the eternal question is always there in our hearts.
DO you wonder how the other person can "be" so happy and you aren't? The characters in this book will take you into their own personal thoughts and lives showing you the turmoil of the average "joe".
Then when you think the end is clear one more element is added that will grab you and make you rethink.
Excellent book, this was a first time read for this author and I will look at readingmore of his books!