What Dreams May Come, Paperback Book
4 out of 5 (14 ratings)


The New York Times bestsellerA LOVE THAT TRANSCENDS HEAVEN AND HELLWhat happens to us after we die?

Chris Nielsen had no idea, until an unexpected accident cut his life short, separating him from his beloved wife, Annie.

Now Chris must discover the true nature of life after death.But even Heaven is not complete without Annie, and when tragedy threatens to divide them forever, Chris risks his very soul to save Annie from an eternity of despair.Richard Matheson's powerful tale of life---and love---after death was the basis for the Oscar-winning film starring Robin Williams.


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This changed the way I think about metaphysics, as Matheson states that he strongly belives the metaphysical aspects of the book to be true.

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I enjoyed this book. The protagonist, Chris, dies in a tragic accident but finds that Heaven is not complete without his wife, Annie. Annie's life is also incomplete without Chris, and she becomes depressed and suicidal without him.This is the story of a man who is willing to go to Hell and back in order to save the woman he loves... Better and different than the movie, although the movie was good in it's own right.

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What happens after we die? Who knows. The author of this book takes us on a look at what might happen...there is a heaven and a hell, but they are what we make them to be. For firm believers in the afterlife, you will really enjoy this book. Even if you don't, you may enjoy it, if you are able to accept this as one man's fantasy. The fact is, NOBODY knows what happens after our bodies die. The author may be closer to the truth than any of us know.

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I'm a big fan of Matheson's classic horror novel I Am Legend. I was intrigued then when I discovered Matheson had written the novel, the movie What Dreams May Come was based on. I consider that movie among my favorites, though it was largely panned by critics. I hoped the source of that excellent film would not disappoint. Reading Matheson's departure from horror and his take on the afterlife, I was very pleased.Matheson tells the story from the perspective of an average man named Chris just after he has had a deadly car accident. The novel is told in flashback through a letter Chris has dictated to a psychic from beyond the grave. We are taken on a journey, as Chris proceeds through the afterlife and tries to reunite with his wife. We get to see flashbacks within flashbacks (sounds confusing, but it works well) as Chris recounts some of the most memorable moments with his wife and family. Not all of these memories are pleasant, and the novel does a good job of examining the reality of life rather than our preferred vision.Matheson lists several resources as justification for his view of the afterlife at the end of the novel. He makes it clear this is a fictional story about a nonfictional subject. Matheson is projecting what he believes is the most realistic account of what happens when we die, based on his research into near death experiences and multiple religious perspectives. The fact that Matheson isn't just making all this up lends the book credence even if you ultimately reject his view of the next world. The story itself starts very slow. Part I is the most difficult and least interesting part to read. In fact, the story doesn't really get good until Part 3, but once it does, it is gripping in true Matheson fashion. The ending is satisfying, and somewhat unexpected even if you've seen the movie. Enough is different here that the whole book feels fresh even if you've watched the film. The book and film are trying to do two different things, and I didn't see anything wrong with that. Staying strictly to Matheson's work would have been impossible as key parts are unfilmable.The book is not without its drawbacks. I didn't particularly care for his treatment of religion, which had a level of certitude that was ridiculous for someone asking us to be open-minded about the afterlife. Yet ultimately, Matheson's message is one I approved of. His vision is believable and while the afterlife is undoubtedly unlike anything Matheson or anyone else can possibly imagine, Matheson's guess is as good as any.

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Matheson's What Dreams May Come shot to the top of my list as soon as I picked it up. Very different from the film, I found I couldn't stop reading it and finished it on a Sunday afternoon. This was one of those "change my life" reads that only comes around every so often. I absolutely loved this one - 5 stars only because its the limit!

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