Author: David Safier
Year of Publishing: 2007
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Synopsis: “The day I died really wasn’t much fun, and not only because of my death… That only scraped home sixth in the day’s series of lousy moments,”
Meet Kin Karlsen, a television personality whose career obsession brings her some serious cosmic repercussions! In her quest to dominate the airwaves, Kim cheats on her husband, neglects her daughter, and mistreats her staff. It all seems worth it when she wins the biggest German Teveision Awards, but sadly on the very same night of her triumph, she is crushed to death by a urinal falling from a Russian space station…
At the gates of Heaven, she is informed that she has collected far too much bad karma in her life, and has a long road of atonement ahead. Reincarnation as an ant teaches her a few lessons in humility, and she experiences life as a guinea pig and as a beagle before regaining human form just in time to sabotage the marriage of her husband to her back-stabbing best friend.
My Review: In this original novel we know the story of a celebrity named Kim. A woman who to reach the top of her profession, she had to renounce her family and eliminate her own workmates but nevertheless she is happy with her life. The day when she receives the most important ward of her profession an urinary falls from a Russian space station and hits Kim, she die.
Kim wakes up in the body of a ant, she thinks she’s in a coma and everything it’s a product of hallucinations but it’s not. She died and now it’s an ant due to the bad Karma that she accumulated along her life. The only way to return to her last life is accumulate good karma to reach Nirvana. At the moment she is reincarnated in an ant, her only concern is see again her daughter and avoid her husband to marry again with an old friend of both named Nina.
In the anthill she meets Giacomo Cassanova, who hasn’t any interest to accumulate good karma despite despite he has lived more than 100 lifes as an ant. He explains to Kim that if she accumulates good karma she could reincarnate into more complex life forms and influence her family. Cassanova falls in love with Nina and to get to know her, he helps Kim to earn good karma too.
This book it’s too easy to read and contains many comic moments. I think the plot of the book it’s really interesting but the story doesn’t contain much information about the Karma. If you want read this book to know more about this theory this it’s not going to happen.
The characters of this book are flat except Kim, who after dead she begins to give more importance to her family and discovers what things were really important in her life as human.
In this novel we also found a lot of dialogues that make its reading very fast and enjoyable. We can read this Story from two different points of view: The most obvious point of view, the comic. And the tragic point of view that is the hidden. The lack of communication with her family, her questionable priorities and how she appreciates her family but too late.
I think this book deserves 5 stars because tells an original story and with a very fast style. This book it’s perfect for those occasions when you has read a very dense book and you are looking for a shorter book.
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Written by: Josué