Vincent Ettrich, an engaging philanderer, discovers that he has died and come back to life - but he has no idea why, or any memory of the experience. Beset by peculiar omens and strange characters, including a talking rat and an inexplicable tattoo on the neck of his most recent lover, he gradually discovers that he was deliberately brought back ...Read MoreVincent Ettrich, an engaging philanderer, discovers that he has died and come back to life - but he has no idea why, or any memory of the experience. Beset by peculiar omens and strange characters, including a talking rat and an inexplicable tattoo on the neck of his most recent lover, he gradually discovers that he was deliberately brought back by his one true love, Isabelle, because she is pregnant with their son - a child who, if correctly raised, will play a crucial role in saving the cosmic mosaic that is the universe. But to be brought up right, he must be educated by his own father. Specifically, he must be taught what Ettrich learned on the other side - if only Ettrich himself can remember it! Tempting and provocative, "White Apples" is forbidden fruit plucked straight from the orchard of Jonathan Carroll's abundant and legendary imagination. 'Jonathan Carroll is as scary as Hitchcock, when he isn't being as funny as Jim Carrey' - Stephen King.Read Less
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What started out as appearing to be an easy afternoon read, actually ended up having some pretty interesting topics. It's almost a philosophy and religious theory book disguised as a fiction novel. I really enjoyed the characters, and thought the description of God in the book was quite interesting and beautiful. I love the concept of Satan not being a real thing, but being chaos. The force that keeps people from connecting or having empathy and in a perpetual state of fear.
The connection between a new world (purgatory) and the world humans live in reminded me a lot of Neil Gaiman's American Gods. A place where it is perfectly normal for the future to change the present, and for people to have powers that no one else has.
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