From The Teeth Of Angels

by Jonathan Carroll | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0385476469 Global Overview for this book
Registered by avanta7 on 11/3/2002
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Journal Entry 1 by avanta7 on Sunday, November 03, 2002
Cover blurb: While vacationing in Sardinia, Ian McGann meets Death in a dream. Death promises to answer any of McGann's questions, but if he fails to understand the answers he will have to pay with his life. In Los Angeles, revered film actress Arlen Ford is no longer happy living in the Hollywood fast lane. She gives up everything -- her career, her home, her glamorous lifestyle -- and moves to Austria, where she meets a passionate war correspondent. From the start, their relationship is all-consuming. Arlen realizes she has been waiting for this man all her life. And in Vienna, the terminally ill Wyatt Leonard suddenly discovers that he has the ability to raise the dead.

Bought on a whim several years ago in Dallas. Read once and thoroughly enjoyed, so much so that Jonathan Carroll has become my favorite author that no one has ever heard of.

Part of my permanent collection and back on Mt. TBR for a re-read.

Journal Entry 2 by avanta7 on Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Setting up an international bookring, prompted by The Waterstone's List of 30 Books That Deserve To Be Rediscovered. Although this particular title is not on the list, another of Jonathan Carroll's novels is. I figure one's just as good as another, given the quality of the stories in the first place!

Journal Entry 3 by avanta7 on Sunday, August 20, 2006
I beg forgiveness for the lateness of getting this ring started!

The mailing order is:

MadameUrushiol -- Russellville, Arkansas, USA
flambard -- Horsham, West Sussex, UK
Alvhyttan -- Nora, Västmanland, Sweden
aava -- Jyväskylä, Keski-Suomi, Finland
Niksu -- Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
ruzena -- Hämeenlinna, Kanta-Häme, Finland (added May 21, 2007)
SqueakyChu -- Rockville, Maryland, USA

And then back to me, avanta7 -- Plumas Lake, California, USA

Other participants may be added on occasion after SqueakyChu and before me. This book should go out in the mail tomorrow, August 21, 2006.

Journal Entry 4 by MadameUrushiol from Milford, New Hampshire USA on Saturday, September 02, 2006
Arrived today--can't wait to read it!

Journal Entry 5 by Flambard from Horsham, West Sussex United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
It's arrived here in Horsham! Many thanks!

Journal Entry 6 by Flambard from Horsham, West Sussex United Kingdom on Sunday, March 04, 2007
BEWARE SPOILERS! Enjoyable and intriguing. The starting premise is that one of the characters meets Death in a dream who promises to answer any questions put to him, so long as the answers are understood. Otherwise the price is his life. This is a good basis to start from. But then the action veers off somewhere and the main thrust of the story is only picked up again later, which is a shame. I didn't feel any empathy with Arlen, which was unfortunate, though I was intrigued by Wyatt and wish he had been in the story more (in fact I'd have liked the emphasis on those two characters to have swapped round). And as for the anagram of Leland - well, it hardly made his climactic revelation as Death a surprise! Entertaining, but not Mr Carroll's best.


Journal Entry 7 by Flambard at mail in Mail, By Mail/Post/Courier -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, March 06, 2007

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Off to Sweden

Journal Entry 8 by Alvhyttan from Nora, Västmanland Sweden on Thursday, March 15, 2007
This book came in the mail yesterday.
I am really looking forward to read it!
Thanks avanta7 for starting this bookring!
And thanks to flambard for sending this book to me! I also got a lovely card made by a Swedish artist. :)

Journal Entry 9 by Alvhyttan from Nora, Västmanland Sweden on Sunday, April 29, 2007
This is a book that really touched me, mostly because it’s about death and because it came to me just two days after my mother died. My mother lived in my home the last months of her life; I cooked her soup, read for her and held her hand (see the last page in the book) and that feels good.
For me this is a typical Jonathan Carroll book, it is mystical realism, a story that is deep and serious, and it gave me a lot to think about.

I’m sorry it took so long before I finished this book. It will be on its way to Finland as soon as I get aava’s address.

Sent the book May 1.

Journal Entry 10 by aava from Dals-Ed, Västergötland Sweden on Monday, May 07, 2007
The book came today. Thanks Alvhyttan for sending it on and of course for avanta7 for sharing this book with us all.

Journal Entry 11 by aava from Dals-Ed, Västergötland Sweden on Tuesday, May 29, 2007
I'm not really sure what I think of this book and I finished it already two days ago. At first I was intrigued and I couldn't wait what would happen next but towards the end it got a bit... heavy. And in the end I think no questions were really answered. The hard thing for me is that Carroll just makes it so hard to like or sympathise with his characters and in this book I didn't feel like liking any of the many charaters. But there's just somethig that I like the way Carroll writes that I want to keep on reading his books. It's the way he describes everyday mundane things and then there's something really odd happening in the middle of it all and then you are returned to the everyday once again.It's a bit of magic and that's why I think he's such a great writer.

Luckily the next person to read this book is in Finland and I think I have the courier to pass this book along so I think Niksu will have it quite soon.

Journal Entry 12 by wingNiksuwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, June 29, 2007
The book is with me. Thank you aava and also thanks to dotdot for being such a nice courier. (She brought me LOTS of books from Tampere)

Journal Entry 13 by wingNiksuwing from Helsinki, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Last 50 pages I started reading way too late last night, of course I had to finish it before going to bed. Luckily summernights in Finland are still full of light.

Despite the others I liked Arlen. A little romanticist raised it's head when reading Arlens and Lelands story. I liked the way she described her life and relation to her friend Rose. Carrolls writing style is so vivid. I could almost see all the photographs and all.

I really liked the book. Thanks Avanta7 for sharing. This is off to ruzena today.

Keep Them Moving-challenge #51.

Journal Entry 14 by ruzena on Friday, July 06, 2007
The book came today. Thank you, Niksu and avanta7! Starting soon...

Journal Entry 15 by ruzena on Wednesday, July 11, 2007
I love Jonathan Carroll's storytelling voice and vivid imagination, which, on the other side, is not the kind of high fantasy but makes things happen almost here and now. In this book the reader can walk through the city of Vienna and listen to news about Yugoslavian war, and at times have odd and scary dreams - but where is the limit between the true and the fancy?
The novel is told by multiple narrators, of whom I put my heart and soul mostly into Arlen's character. Her loneliness and depression at the crossroads of life was represented with much empathy, and I was delighted that she found her mission of life and could laugh at Death. I found several other persons interesting, too. I just love Carroll's characters because they are not necessarily lovable, or seem to be and then turn out the opposite. I should even like to read this book another time in order to pay attention on the psychological net, now as I know the plot.
Of the four novels by Carrol that I have read, I liked this the best. I am waiting for the ringbook Wooden Sea. - Yes, thank you avanta7 for the Waterstone's List link, too!

- ruzena

Journal Entry 16 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Wednesday, August 08, 2007
The book's back in the USA! I just received it today. Thanks, avanta7, for sharing your book, and, ruzena, for mailing it to me all the way from Finland.

The timing is just right. I'm in the middle of a quick read now and should be able to start this book this week. Looking forward to it as I count Jonathan Carroll among my favorite authors.

Edit 08/18/07: I'm reading this book now.

Edit 08/24/07: I just discovered that my daughter has my own copy of this book...so I never needed to read this copy at all! Ooops! Almost done, though. :-)

Journal Entry 17 by wingSqueakyChuwing from Rockville, Maryland USA on Saturday, August 25, 2007
This book is way too confusing between who is who, what the relationship between all the characters are, and who Death is. I got lost a multiplicity of times. I understand that Death is personified in various ways, but the twisting in and out of characters in the beginning who never end up at the end of the story really threw me for a loop. This is definitely the Carroll book I like the least! That being said, I like the way that Death and Life interact, each playing games with each other to see who the ultimate winner is.

My all-time favorite Jonathan Carroll book? Land of Laughs. Probably second best is Bones of the Moon. I have another Jonathan Caroll book (The Wooden Sea)circulating as a bookring. PM me with mailing preferences if you'd like to join.

http://www.bookcrossing.com/journal/1416360/J_1733343

Alvhyttan, I can see why this book struck so close to home for you...especially the last page. I'm so sorry for your loss of your mom.

This book is now back in the mail to avanta7 in California.

Journal Entry 18 by avanta7 at Urban Grounds on College Ave. in Avondale Estates, Georgia USA on Saturday, July 23, 2016

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