Once in a while a book comes along of such originality that it stops you in your tracks, slaps you in you face and makes you think again about so many things that it makes you want to share it with everyone you meet. David Eagleman’s Sum is just such a book.
Ostensibly a book about what happens after we die, ironically Sum is really an examination of what it means to live. After all the divide is perhaps not as great as we think and as John Keats once wrote, “Life is but a Waking Dream.” Anyone seen Waking life?
With 40 imaginings of the afterlife, Eagleman takes you on a long and erratic emotional journey. Some of the Sums are absurd, sum surreal, sum poetic, sum funny, sum wild, sum neurologically cutting edge while others are dreamily abstract. It’s an astonishing feat of the mind and to top it all, they are all written is this clear prose that is a joy and completely effortless to read.
Are you a dreamer?