Heidegger and a Hippo Walk Through Those Pearly Gates : Using Philosophy (and Jokes!) to Explore Life, Death, the Afterlife, and Everything in Betweeen Paperback
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 256 pages, black & white illustrations
- Publisher: Penguin Putnam Inc
- Publication Date: 27/01/2011
- Category: Popular philosophy
- ISBN: 9780143118251
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Review by Voracious_Reader
Review by Cecilturtle
I would seem that we can't talk about death without making jokes to cover our anxiety - and boy, do I agree! Whereas I was laughing throughout the whole book, I couldn't help but notice an uneasiness and sometimes a downright grumpiness as I read this book - a little bit of death can be sobering, but too much is definitely unpleasant. In this Cathcart and Klein strike a good balance between laughter and reflective moments. In a subject as contentious as this, especially when it comes to suicide or the after-life, they do a good job of presenting all schools of thought - although sometimes rather glibly. To me, they came across as hard-core atheists (maybe I'm just projecting) and I sometimes found their treatment of some religions a little bit irreverent.Their use of Daryl as a foil was sometimes a bit annoying - the joking sometimes turning to mocking - but the book does a good job of covering all aspects of death and human reactions and thought to it throughout time.