Next Life Might Be Kinder

  • Title: Next Life Might Be Kinder
  • Author: Howard Norman
  • ISBN: 9780547712123
  • Page: 361
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Next Life Might Be Kinder After my wife Elizabeth Church was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel she did not leave me Sam Latti meets Elizabeth Church in s Halifax in an art gallery The sparks ar
    After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me Sam Latti meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery The sparks are immediate, leading quickly to a marriage that is dear, erotically charged, and brief In Howard Norman s spellbinding and moving novel, the gleam of the marriage and After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me Sam Latti meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery The sparks are immediate, leading quickly to a marriage that is dear, erotically charged, and brief In Howard Norman s spellbinding and moving novel, the gleam of the marriage and the circumstances of Elizabeth s murder are revealed in heart stopping increments Sam s life afterward is complicated For one thing, in a moment of desperate confusion, he sells his life story to a Norwegian filmmaker named Istvakson, known for the stylized violence of his films, whose artistic drive sets in motion an increasingly intense cat and mouse game between the two men For another, Sam has begun seeing Elizabeth not only seeing but holding conversations with her, almost every evening, and watching her line up books on a small beach What at first seems simply hallucination born of terrible grief reveals itself, evening by evening, as something else entirely.Next Life Might Be Kinder is a story of murder, desperate faith, the afterlife, and of love as absolute redemption from one of our most compelling storytellers at the height of his talents.

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    About Howard Norman


    1. Howard A Norman born 1949 , is an American award winning writer and educator Most of his short stories and novels are set in Canada s Maritime Provinces He has written several translations of Algonquin, Cree, Eskimo, and Inuit folklore His books have been translated into 12 languages.


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    1. I admire books that seem to give everything away in the first line yet keep you gripped all the way through to the last page. “After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me.” Norman’s stunning opening line reveals the crime and the murderer, but also suggests, rather curiously, an afterlife to this short-lived marriage in early 1970s Nova Scotia. The setup for this novel is very much like The Beginner’s Goodbye by An [...]

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    2. Full disclosure: I received an advance readers copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review."After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me."Sam Lattimore has been rocked by the death of his beloved wife, Elizabeth. Their marriage was brief but passionate, emotionally and sexually charged, and occasionally tempestuous, but Sam is unprepared for the depth of his grief. A novelist before their marriage, h [...]

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    3. This book is quite delicious. Sam & Elizabeth's marriage & witty hotel life are charming & exceedingly devourable. I got a bit tired of Sam's therapy chapters because he was so hostile to poor Dr. Nissensen, but I couldn't get enough of the tragic newlyweds, and knowing what was going to happen to Elizabeth made me genuinely sad. Why didn't they just fire the bellman?

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    4. This morning, hours before I finished Howard Norman’s Next Life Might Be Kinder, I read in a news story that Physicists at the University of Rochester have created a silicon nanocavity that allows light to be trapped longer than in any other similar sized optical cavities. A mind is such a nanocavity of course. Light that ceaselessly irradiates the universe curls up on itself in the mind. Loving memory resides in these nanocavities whose sole purpose is this. But a book is the creation of a mi [...]

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    5. Touching… but don't look too closelyI have read two Howard Norman novels before this, and given them each three stars, attracted to his world yet frustrated in equal measure. Yet the attraction to that world—the spiritual one of sadness and loss, and the physical setting in Nova Scotia—seems to hold the upper hand, for here I am again. And rather more enthusiastic this time around, for his latest novel is a touching elegy, beautifully sustained so long as you do not question too many detai [...]

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    6. Review March 2017Another re-read - this time as the author's next book (My Darling Detective) is almost out and the excerpt of that one reminded me of this; like a few recent rereads I really enjoyed Next Life Might Be Kinder much more now than on the original read - the reason is that now I really was in the mood to read it, while on release I felt "obligated" to read it then Anyway, the review below still expresses how I felt now on the reread about the novel, just that I really enjoyed the pr [...]

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    7. The more I think about this book the more I realize how much I loved it. I was a fan of Howard Norman already, and of all the books I've read of his, this is my favorite to date. In simple prose and non-linear progression it reveals the story, layer by layer, of Sam Lattimore, a struggling writer whose wife was murdered shortly after their marriage. The story shifts between Sam's remembrances of life with the wife he adored and events leading up to the murder, descriptions of his sessions with h [...]

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    8. The overall mood of this novel is dark, sorrowful and brooding, it's about loss and regret but it's also about love and passion. Sam and Elizabeth are madly in love, as newlyweds, they live in Nova Scotia at the Essex Hotel in Halifax. It's there Elizabeth is murdered by one of the bellmen. Elizabeth Lattimore, is murdered in March, 1972. The narrative is told from her husband Sam's point of view in the first person, he shares his story with us until his birthday, January 17, 1974. As he remembe [...]

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    9. Perhaps the best of all Howard Norman's books, to me. Sam's wife, Lizzie, is murdered by a hotel bellman in Halifax, Nova Scotia. About a year later when Sam moves from Halifax to a small seaside town some distance away, she appears to him almost every night on a nearby beach. Sam's friends although sceptical, are kind to him, but his psychiatrist spends session after session trying to probe with him what these nightly visitations actually "mean" in terms of Sam's grief. To complicate matters, S [...]

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    10. I'll give this book 2 stars, and not 1, since I like the author. He's an affable guy. And there's a few hints of sex so that's a bit titillating (yahoo). But otherwise, I don't get it. Maybe I should have been an english major so that I could have read a lot more into it. Oh, and the plot and style also makes it 2 stars and not 1. But otherwise, I kept waiting for the book to become a page turner, so that suspense kept me going. So, go ahead and read it and tell me what I'm missing. For me, it's [...]

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    11. I am sorry to say that I apparently completely forgot that I read this book, involving a sorrowful man and the maybe-ghost of his murdered wife, until recently. Which should indicate to you exactly how interesting I found the lengthy manic-pixie-grad-student flashbacks involving the wife and her love of swing dancing. Needed more angry ghost and less wet noodles.

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    12. I found the ending of this book unsatisfactory. It didn't feel like a conclusion so much as just a stop. Aside from that I thought the book was well written and the story was compelling. The story is set in Nova Scotia (Halifax and in a beach community an hour away) and the narrative switches back and forth between the present and about a year previous. I hadn't read anything by Norman before, but would read more of his work.

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    13. Sam and Elizabeth meet, fall in love, and quickly marry in Hailfax during the 70's. Elizabeth get murdered, and Sam has a rough time dealing with her death. I found Next Life Might Be Kinder to be very thought provoking, but the book is a slow read. This is a great story, however, but I felt it is missing something

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    14. I wanted a better ending. The book was a little slow, and the ending was disappointing.

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    15. Howard Norman is one of my favorite writers, and this is one of his best books. "Next Life Might Be Kinder" is layered with nuance and rich with subtext and symbolism and blessed by a soundtrack of The Boswell Sisters (thanks, Mr. Norman! They're amazing), full of poetry and birds and a ghost, the ghost of Sam Lattimore's murdered wife, his soulmate, his erotic partner, his Lindy partner, his great love and the Lattimores have a great and beautiful love.All of Mr. Norman's works are sensuous and [...]

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    16. Very interesting, "murder story which is not a mystery". Good characters, interesting plot, a touch tedious with the psychiatrist, but clear, clean and altogether pleasant.:“Norman elegantly crafts a murder story that isn’t a mystery; a ghost story without shivers. At its heart, this is a bittersweet love story, about the hole left in a life.” — Seattle TimesSam Lattimore meets Elizabeth Church in 1970s Halifax, in an art gallery. Their brief, erotically charged marriage is extinguished [...]

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    17. I can't stop thinking about this book. Without giving much away, I'll just give you this image: A man's dead wife meets him every night on the beach. She has eleven books she stacks in front of her. She talks to him. She is afraid to tell him the details of how she died. A haunting, erotic story - charged with mystery, despair, and - somehow, also, humor. The "play within a play," "movie within a movie" narrative is powerful - Elizabeth keeps yelling at her murderer, "You think you're in a movie [...]

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    18. Years ago I read The Bird Artist by the same author and really enjoyed it. This book is a quick read and there is something very special about it. Perhaps it is because of personal circumstances in my own life that I found the book so touching. The whole notion of coping with grief - of migrating through the loss of someone very dear. This book is a love story. It is sexy, it is funny and it is thought-provoking. The writing is excellent and I honestly found it to be quite profound.

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    19. DifferentThis is such a different book, confusing at times , but very thought provoking. I probably should give it a 4 but didn't't because although the writing was really good, I often felt frustrated by it and just kept reading. It seemsto me it was left "hanging" at the end, unfinished.

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    20. Astonishing. A singular author in full command of hisunique and resplendent metier. This sent me rushing headlong into another Howard Norman book and then the bitter-sweet discovery that I've actually read almost all of his published novels.Quickly scooped five $1 paperback copies on Alibris to hand off to friends and fellow book lovers.Read it and enjoy!

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    21. stellar he writes so well it almost seems to easy nothing not to like about this, every page is wonderfully penned erotically charged isn't half right, this was amazingly sensual even as some of the passages were short, almost peripheral at times fantastic novel

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    22. Norman intrigues and frustrates, mostly thru his main characters. This one is a bit more deserving of a reader's sympathies, and the plot moves along if in small chapter steps, but to a disappointing finale. However, the getting there was enjoyable; maybe that's the point.

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    23. A superficial but intriguing exploration of the fantasies the mind creates when someone who is loved suddenly dies or leaves. This is a fine work of literature and a great mystery that kept me glued to the book until I had finished it.

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    24. Excellent use of alternating time line chapters. Read this book if you want to know how it's done. Masterful writing. Unique characters and situations. All promises fulfilled.

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    25. NLMBK has some limpid, beautiful writing, but ultimately I feel like I was waiting for a pay-off that never came.

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    26. So so. Mans wife is killed. He hallucinates she visits him every night. Not much

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    27. Rock solid 3 Stars!“After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me the truth is, I saw Elizabeth last night she was lining up books on the beach behind Philip and Cynthia Slayton’s house, just across the road. I’ve seen her do the same thing almost every night since I moved, roughly thirteen months ago, from Halifax to this cottage.”So begins the first page of the first chapter of the story of Sam and Elizabeth Lattim [...]

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    28. I was awarded this pre-publication copy of "Next Life Might Be Kinder" through the lottery.I continue to like Howard Norman's work very much. This time Mr. N. takes us into actual modern times --- the early 1970's! Since I was a young man at that time, I can vouch for the accuracy of the details though I cannot speak for details particular to 1970's Nova Scotia where the story plays out. The accuracy makes me confident regarding Mr. N's creation of scenes from earlier time periods, as in his bo [...]

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    29. How can you resist a book that opens with this line? "After my wife, Elizabeth Church, was murdered by the bellman, Alfonse Padgett in the Essex Hotel, she did not leave me." It is almost the perfect opening line, right up there with the perfect murder mystery - "My God, said the Queen, I'm pregnant. I wonder who done it?" Seriously though, I truly enjoyed the beautiful writing of this book as well as the story line of a man grieving his lost love. Even the Washington Post finds it, “Quirky an [...]

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    30. What a beautifully written book! It's about hanging on to love when the beloved is gone, about grieving, about not being able to let go. But all those psychology cliches don't do justice to the elegance of this book.It's essentially a series of vignettes written by Sam, a Canadian novelist. The book starts by telling you that his wife was shot by Alfonse Padgett, bellman at the Essex Hotel, so it's clear from the outset that this is a story of grief. Sam describes how he met and married Elizabet [...]

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