Bed Bosh and Beyond

Hal T. Manogue
Shortsleeves (2014)
ISBN 9780977813063
Reviewed by Ben Green for Reader Views (03/15)

“Bed Bosh and Beyond” by Hal T. Manogue is one of the most unique books I have ever read. “Bed Bosh and Beyond” follows Rob as he journeys through the afterlife guided by his dogs and the voice of George Carlin. The book causes the reader to approach death in a very original and interesting way that really makes one think. Throughout “Bed Bosh and Beyond” Rob relives or reviews scenes from his life and is forced to think about them in different ways. Rob comes to understand that all life is connected and that death is not necessary what he expected it to be.

“Bed Bosh and Beyond” is funny, sad, thought provoking, and challenging all at the same time. The liberal use of a famous comedic voice throughout the book makes some of the more gloomy moments bearable, and helps Rob become overall a more likable character, making the reader really care about his life and death. The book may seem challenging at first because no matter what your beliefs or theories of the afterlife may be, chances are they will not be anything like those suggested by author Hal T. Manogue.  'Bed Bosh and Beyond” challenges everything about life, death and human consciousness that we pretend to know.

In the end I enjoyed “Bed Bosh and Beyond” by Hal T. Manogue both for what it was and what is was trying to be. The book itself is a fast read that is plainly written and easy enough to follow, although the initial setting of the afterlife takes a little getting used to. The cover would not in and of itself inspire me to read the book, but once I began I could not stop. The entire book feels like it could very easily be low budget indie film or a cult classic. The book attempts to be a comical guide to life and how to approach death.  This is an admirable goal even if in my opinion it falls short of the goal.  The only issue I had with the book was the liberal use of the comedian George Carlin. The book is definitely not for everyone, but as I said I can see it become a cult classic of sorts.  For those curious and open minded this would be a great pick me up read on a rainy day.

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