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chapter 1 What Dreams May Come, meaning What Dreams May Come, genre What Dreams May Come, book cover What Dreams May Come, flies What Dreams May Come, What Dreams May Come c0d65b488c770 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 DeathBut 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 DespairRichard Matheson S Powerful Tale Of Life And Love After Death Was The Basis For The Oscar Winning Film Starring Robin Williams

10 thoughts on “What Dreams May Come

  1. says:

    I enjoyed this thought provoking book I have read Matheson before and I like his writing style I feel like his prose is such that it will draw a wide variety of people in The fact that it is so accessible with very little filler or unnecessary flowery ness is a plus for me.When deciding whether or not to read this book, you must think about how you feel about stories that conjecture about the afterlife If that is a touchy subject for you or you are uncomfortable reading about possibilities outside of your beliefs, this is not the book for you However, if you enjoy exploring possibilities, like to see what someone else speculates, or are fascinated with the what ifs and the maybes , then this is a very good book worth checking out.Warning this could be a very difficult book for someone who has recently experienced a loss Please proceed with caution if that is you.

  2. says:

    Unique, mindblowing and utterly preposterous heap of outrageous twaddle Richard Matheson, author of the great apocalypse novel I Am Legend, decides to take on The Big One full frontal with no messing about This novel describes exactly what happens to us after we die. The Afterlife In full surroundsound 3D Panavision So a guy is sitting peacefully at home in 1976 when a strange visitor calls I am a psychic type medium and your dead brother Chris has dictated the whole of this manuscript through me So here you are, take it or leave it The rest of the novel is the first person story of Chris, who died horribly in a car crash, and what then happens The first thing is, he s very upset and than a little confused to be standing around watching his earthly body die, be wept over by his wife children, then attend his own funeral It s all hey, I m here, why can t anybody see me But then he gets beamed up to a place they call Summerland, some call it Heaven but its correct name is The Third Sphere , and wakes up in the prettiest of all country parks and meets his old dog who had died but now bounds up wagging its tail Hello Katie Then cousin Albert turns up and he turns out to be a most helpful companion He answers every question to the best of his ability and THERE ARE MANY QUESTIONS So here is a summary of interesting points.HOW TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR STAY IN HEAVEN1 When you die your life really does flash before your eyes, but slowly, and backwards, and you relive everything It s a time when men and women come to know what they truly are A time of purging a period during which each soul is cleansed by a self imposed recognition of past deeds and misdeeds Self imposed, I repeated There is really no outside judgement then What condemnation could possibly be harsh than one s own when self pretense is no longer possible he askedWell, whole theologies teeter and crumble to the ground at this point There s no judgement day You do your own judging But where do these suddenly acquired moral standards come from If you didn t think that fiddling tax returns was a crime at all when you were alive and fiddling, why suddenly should you realise it was a bad thing now you re dead I should say right now that in this version of the Afterlife, God hardly gets a look in And Jesus Nowhere, man 2 Earth ties have less meaning Relationships of thought, not blood, are what count So you might meet your mother and just go Hey how s it going, Mum And mosey right on by Well, you were never that close.3 You choose what age you are in Heaven Some people like being old Wouldn t it be silly to have nothing but young people here 4 All the buildings and rolling countryside and gorgeous arboreal panoramas and exquisite shrubberies are made of a kind of mental stuff which comes from somewhere called The Matrix yep, that one and anyone can make themselves a detached Palladian style house in its own grounds by getting a few brainy types together and concentrating, but you gotta learn the skills first It s not magic And once you lose interest in your house or your library or your dog it vanishes Back into The Matrix 5 Your new body doesn t need food, and has no stomach or intestines So logically there are no bathrooms or toilets in Heaven As for clothes They re as real as your body Everybody except certain natives, of course has, in their mind, the conviction that clothes are indispensable The conviction garbs them after death Albert does not discuss the question of naturists at this point Could be there are nude beaches in Heaven, but he doesn t say 6 What about reproductive organs You still have them because you expect to have them In time, when you understand their lack of purpose, they ll disappear That s weird, I said I think that already some readers might be going off this version of the afterlife a bit But wait Still, part of my relationship with Ann his wife was physical And there are people here who love each other, who have sexual relations The mind is capable of anything in time, of course, these people usually realize that physical contact isn t as integral here as it was in life So there s great news for you there is sex after death 7 In heaven you communicate telepathically I think that really goes without saying.8 Parts of Heaven look like England page 96 I knew that And the other way round is true too 9 When you no longer have a physical brain you can think better This is rather challenging for a person like myself I think that if you don t have a physical brain you can t think at all because you ve gone, baby, gone like snow on the water, but could be I m wrong Which brings us to10 This guy Chris was an atheist and a firm believer that there was no afterlife whatsoever, but he still ended up in Heaven Nice to know 11 Heaven has countries just like Earth Where exactly are we I asked In a counterpart of the United States, he told me One naturally gravitates to the wave length of his own country and people There s an equivalent, here, to every country on earth then At this level Again, Albert does not address the thornier aspects of this what happens to a Kurdish person after death, or a Catalan neither have their own countries on Earth, so will they still be campaigning for independence in Heaven Also, is there immigration in heaven What about border control Or maybe every country now has none of those earthly problems like, you know, perpetual war and malaria and so forth These things were not fully addressed Actually, they didn t get a mention 12 Heaven is not Christian Or, well, it is if you re a Christian, but if you re a Muslim, say, it will be a Muslim heaven You ll find in the hereafter the particular heaven of each theology Which is right then I asked, completely baffled now as well he might be, so am I All of them and none Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Jew each has an afterlife experience which reflects his own beliefs All are real Each is a portion of the overall reality Logically if logic exists in Heaven that is that means every tinpot cult gets its own bit too, unless there s a bureau somewhere that issues certificates This whole thing could get as messy in Heaven as it is on Earth 13 Although there is work to be done in Heaven, there s no need for a Health Department, a Sanitation Department, Fire or Police Department nor for food or clothing industries, transportation systems, doctors, lawyers, realtors Imagine being a realtor in Heaven nice view of the choirs of angels during the Autumn months, madam Actually, no angels are to be had for love nor money in this version of Heaven I wanted my money back No angels Come on The work that people do is , as far as I could figure, making yourself ready to either get reborn or proceed to one of the higher levels, like in your usual computer game 14 There are seven levels, probably He explained that earth is surrounded by concentric spheres of existence which vary in width and density, Summerland aka Heaven being the third I asked how many there are altogether and he answered that he wasn t sure but had heard there are seven 15 Don t mourn the dead because it prolongs their adjustment to the afterlife Sort of gives them a migraine 16 Cremation, not burial It will be so much easier for you if there are no mortal remains Trust me on that People can t forget their bodies easily They keep wanting to see the thing they once believed to be themselves That desire can become an obsession That s why cremation is important 17 Life in Heaven is real nice but a little bit too much like Stepford Wives 18 The theatre is alive and well in Heaven, but there is censorship Are plays written on earth performed in the theatres here If they re appropriate, she said Nothing that s sordid though Nothing conceived merely to harrow an audience So, Neil Simon is okay, Samuel Beckett probably not.19 Don t commit suicide This is a real big no no You will be condemned to stay in a rubbishy decaying version of your own house where all the facilities have been shut off and there is nothing in the fridge and your pets limp and there are tarantulas popping up all the time You will be there until the time when you were supposed to die naturally which is written down somewhere I guess Then you can proceed to Summerland where there is a sale on 20 What happened is that Richard Matheson read a ton of books about the afterlife and combined all their ideas into this ridiculous novel Most of these books seems to be THEOSOPHIST Otherwise known as COMPLETE POPPYCOCK But it s nice to know that my severe negativity towards the concept of the afterlife will not prevent me from popping up in Summerland when the time comes See you there

  3. says:

    Well now, this one will get you to thinking about how you live your life

    Remember the movie GHOST with Patrick Swayze.that s what I first thought of when disaster strikes and a good man finds himself watching the love of his life as she grieves his death no spoiler here

    Struggling to come to terms with his own demise from the great beyond and terribly missing his wife, Chris pleads to know when she will finally join him.but discovers disturbing news.

    The storyline then turns to a place where dark thoughts consume the mind and violent spirits lead you astray.

    The way will be dark at times, but it leads assuredly to light and yet another frightening direction for Chris to travel in search of his soul mate.

    First published in 1978, WHAT DREAMS MAY COME is deeply thought provoking and a powerful tale of life after death.

    Hope to locate a copy of the film with Robin Williams

    UPDATE March, 18, 2019 WELL DONE MOVIEespecially the identities of the heavenly friends, Katie the dog s appearance, and the way it all played out in the end Such a young Robin Williams, so sad his fate

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    I am going to start this review by talking about the one thing that caused this to be a 4 star book rather than a 5 star book That one thing is the author s note at the beginning Now, I almost never read author s notes or introductions, because I find that they inevitably ruin some aspect of the book for me Whether it is a spoiler, or an introducer s opinion which causes me to think of the book in a certain way, or interpret things in a certain way, or whatever the case may be, it lessens my enjoyment of the book I never know whether I would have thought of the interpretation on my own without the thought having been planted, for instance, and therefore I feel as if I have been cheated out of the full experience of reading, absorbing and pondering the book I enjoy that part as much as a good story So, with that in mind, I avoid anything written about or pertaining to the book which I am reading, at least until after I have read the book proper But in this case, no matter which order I d have read it in, the author s note would have annoyed me and caused me to take a star off Matheson doesn t spoil anything, technically, nor does he really change the way I interpret the book honestly , but what he does, is claim that everything in the book, except the characters, is true This is a book about the afterlife Generally speaking, it s impossible for any of us to know anything about the afterlife until we re no longer living our present life I know that there are people who hold strong beliefs in the afterlife, or who believe that their religion holds the key to their afterlife, and even those who have died briefly and have come back to tell about their experiences And these may be similar in nature, but it doesn t make it true There is no proof to back up the statement that this book makes, which I will get to in a moment And while it is true that the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence , any claim of truth regarding something that cannot be proven by anyone still alive feels very irresponsible I don t think that there is anything in this book that would physically harm anyone, and I do think that everyone should be exposed to ideas from all different walks of life, not just their own belief system, so I don t mean irresponsible in that way I just mean that stating something as true when it is virtually unverifiable, and very subject to belief, is a fine line to walk when your career and livelihood depend on not alienating people by your beliefs I don t happen to be a religious sort, so in that respect, I was kind of wary of reading this book, given the claim of truth that I mentioned before But I decided to read it as I would any other, and go from there And while Matheson does touch on God and The Creator briefly, it is in very general terms, and does not specify any further than that In fact, he even goes so far as to show people of the Christian faith as being a bit closed minded in the afterlife that he depicts here, in that they are unable to imagine any other belief system as having an afterlife, and making demands, etc Nothing outright negative, just that they weren t as open to possibility, so to speak So I was pleasantly surprised that I wasn t preached at, as I was half expecting So, anyway Now that I ve covered the one thing that bothered me, I can move on For those of you who know anything about my afterlife beliefs, you ll know that I believe that what happens after a person dies is dependent on their own personal belief system For instance, a Christian who has led a good life and expects to get into Heaven, will For an atheist who thinks that there is nothing after death, there will be nothing For someone who believes that they will make it to Valhalla, they will A follower of Islam who believes that they will make it to Paradise, will And so on I don t really know how long I ve held this belief, but I do know that it makes the most sense to me There are so many religions, and so many sects among each one, that it seems like no two people ever believe the exact same thing We all interpret religion differently, if we follow one at all, so who s to say what s right Why fight and kill and hate over a belief My theory, they re ALL right Whatever you personally believe is what you will experience It s kind of comforting, right Matheson s book is similar to this, but different in a few major ways Possible Spoilers Below His book states that there is a sort of ethereal energy plane which occupies the same space as Life, but on a higher level People who are receptive to higher planes of existence, those who meditate, for instance, are sometimes able to travel in this plane, never realizing it is real, but thinking instead it is a dream or a vision The higher in the plane we go, the knowledge we acquire and divine we become on our way to rejoining God or the Creator Divine is my word, not Matheson s What makes his afterlife similar to my theory is that the afterlife plane is a sort of template, onto which the recently deceased imprints their expectations of afterlife There are certain laws, supposedly handed down from the Creator, which make lower levels those closer to earth into a sort of Hell although there are countless Hells depending on what sort you create for yourself People who have lived violent lives, for instance, aren t able to rise to the higher levels because they wallow in the misery that they ve caused others, and do not seek to better their souls Sometimes, they aren t even aware they re dead, and just go on living horrible, bleak existences until they ask for and receive help to change and try for The higher levels, of which we only see Summerland, a sort of way station, is adjustable depending on the wishes and beliefs of the individual soul If your idea of heaven is to have a library full of books in a house by the sea, you have only to create it So, the higher levels are templates that are adjustable by will, whereas the lower levels are templates that are pre written by the life you ve just led, if that makes sense.It s a nice thought, that we will all survive death, in a way It gives us hope that there s not just a one time shot, and if we blow it, or it s taken from us, that s not all there is We aren t just forsaken and lost forever It makes me hope that something like this is true, and that I will see my loved ones again when we re gone This again is a major theme in this book Love transcending death This, I must say, is the facet of the book that most touched and affected me Matheson s writing about relationships is mesmerizing He is able, with so few words, to convey to me a lifetime of love and trust and intimacy between Chris, the main character, and his wife Ann, that at times I felt almost like I was spying on their lives The way that he shows their love made me hope that when my life ends, I can feel as though I ve had the kind of connection they shared Chris s thank you to Ann for being everything to him was heart rending, and I read it with a pain in my chest and a lump in my throat Yet I didn t feel like it was contrived or fake, or that I was being manipulated I just felt as if I was party to his goodbye Matheson s writing is simple, but he is a master at depicting life in all its glory and ugliness He is quickly becoming a favorite author, and despite the fact that I disliked the truth claim, I m sorry that I put off reading this book for as long as I did I will definitely need to find and read Matheson in the future.

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    As hard as I tried to make myself care about this book and its characters, I just could not.First of all, it is very tedious, with too much exposition and endless infodumps in the dialogue form The story gets so bogged down in the exposition that it becomes very dull to follow At times it reads like a technical manual, with dry and repetitive narration In this book, Matheson for the most part tells instead of showing, which makes it hard for me to enjoy the story The characters are poorly fleshed out, and the relationships between them are one dimensional.The afterlife world that could have had such potential to be exciting and fantastical is filled instead with arbitrary rules and regulations, and seems like a rather dry, boring, and bureaucratic place What really frustrated me is that based on these rules, if a person, let s say, struggles with self esteem or a mental illness, he or she would be eternally screwed here Not cool Basically, this version of afterlife is not as much like this as it is like this Boring Overall, reading this book felt like being beaten over the head with a lesson in morality, which was not that well written either Giving it 2 stars is almost a stretch, but I have read many books that were much worse.

  6. says:

    Also a film starring Robin Williams, this spectacular portrayal of life, death and interconnection is still as timely as ever, a classic tale that any reader can find meaning in.

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    My fan went out on my laptop again so I m writing this from my iPhone So if I misspell or something I loved, absolutely loved this beautiful story I don t agree with the theology I m a Christian Nuf said bout that The story reads like a myth or legend, and symbolism abounds for the lives we live THE POWER OF LOVE That phrase describes the theme A man dies and goes to a heaven like place He wants his wife to come, but learns she has condemned herself to the lower regions through suicide He risks his soul by descending to save her The movie stars Robin Williams, ironic I threw some thoughts about him in a notebook, and they cover the ideas in the book, death and afterlife If you feel compelled Robin Williams I miss you Man of the World comedian and hero your laughter died with you But I remember Dr Seuss a beautiful man like you who told us to be happy because you came and don t cry because you left Your light your smile your gift YOUR GIFT We forgive you for hurting us But only God can judge you He knows your heart and if you believed I hope to meet you in heaven I want to hug you and say We love you You made happy faces and bright eyes You live on immortal in the memories of recordings Your gift never dies We still love you.I loved the depth and power of the story, found it purely captivating and laced with profound truth My heart wrenched in agony and the pain of empathy, of love for another soul so close I still hurt, probably will for a while, a good hurt, a love hurt Matheson writes a reflection of a beautiful soul with an enormous heart, and a genius.Chris, the main character meets his dog in heaven Circumstances have separated me for some time from my family and dog You see, my dog is super emotional and attaches and gets depressed if I m not around He s a needy baby, and it hurts knowing he hurts Sounds strange if you ve never had a dog I pray he ll be with us forever in heaven, like Chris s dog in the story I wrote another poem about Rascal but maybe another time I imagine him running in endless fields and seeing me for the first time up there He freaks out if you leave for ten minutes I can t imagine what that will be like after waiting years.Matheson emphasizes the power of thoughts They can make life heaven or hell I wonder if sometimes people struggle mentally when they don t realize they don t have to, that they can choose to think differently and step out of their personal hell When we try to help nobody can reach them Only self sacrificial love can heal them, as the book shows.He also goes over sowing and reaping, a powerful concept, and a true People say, Karma s a B I think s accurate way to say it may be, Karma s a B to the B , and s Pal to the Pal The climax brings Chris to a decision Against all odds he strives to convince his wife she can step out of her personal hell The way he does it sets an example to those, perhaps, who may try to save a marriage dying GRATITUDE Made me grateful for my Angel and made me see I need to tell her Love, true love suffers for the other, is willing to do anything, die on a cross, face derision and hatred, open up to blasts from bullets, whatever Many leaders of religions have set an example The story sets pace for the love story of life, and those privileged to experience it while the embers burn for a time This story, one of the best, most beloved, wonderful Don t miss out Don t, as I nearly did, miss the beauty of the sun and lake and mountains over a single rock blocking the view Move to a better seat See another perspective You ll see the scenery isn t all so different from this angle About my dog, Rascal, a.k.a Wascally WabbitWhen he leaves this place let him run free on grass in endless fields and a sun of gentle warmth under rainbow skies Be free little Baby With all your new friends forever My last breath will come and I ll stand in that field and you ll see me and I ll see you We will play We will run We will laugh again forever I ll never leave again and you ll lie on soft grass under a pale white moon of perfection and your peace lasts forever Let us run let the fields fly by Let us laugh and open our hearts and learn to fly and explore all the worlds and infinite space and infinite time time less Never separated again by loneliness and hurt rejection, pain will be lost forever under the deluge of eternal bliss And it s me and you and all we love.

  8. says:

    I was probably not in the right mood for this book, it tired me, it was a bit verbose, a bit too dark, a bit repetitive Still, the last few sentences made it worth reading the whole thing.

  9. says:

    I picked this one up after I finished Barbara Gowdy s stories mainly because it was short and I wanted something quick to read and Hannibal wasn t being released for another couple of days What a find.This is the novel that the movie of the same name is based upon, starring Robin Williams In the introduction, Matheson explains that the only fiction in this story are the characters and their relationships The rest came from intensive research on the subject The end productmakes so much sense and seems entirely believable.The story is about a man s journey beyond death to rejoin his wife It s the ultimate love story, but beyond that the meaning of life, yes, The Meaning of Life is revealed here Now, I m hesitant to admit that this novel has changed my life, or absolutely convinced me oflife after death, but it has inspired much hope It really makes sense, and I challenge anyone to read it and not be affected by it.

  10. says:

    4.5 starsI feel as if Richard Matheson is a brilliant writer that not enough people give credit to He wrote I Am Legend, The Shrinking Man often known as The Incredible Shrinking Man , Nightmare at 20,000 Feet for The Twilight Zone, Button, Button which was adapted into the film The Box , and there was also this particular novel that touches upon death While this book was published and released in 1978, many know about the film adaptation from 20 years later starring Robin Williams as Chris Nielsen This book certainly holds with it a great deal of merit and serves as a testament to what life is like after death The bibliography demonstrates the great deal of research that Matheson put into this topic before writing this book and I give him all of the credit in the world for putting something so amazing together with that research.This novel begins with Chris Nielsen s death in the world that we are familiar He is killed in a car crash and dies shortly thereafter Chris leaves behind his wife, Ann, his four children, Louise, Richard, Marie, and Ian, and a German Shepherd named Ginger He also leaves behind his brother, Robert, to whom he is telling this story Sharing specifics regarding what happens in the afterlife would give plenty of details away to his journey, but what I can say is that Chris greatest desire is to be with his wife, Ann He loves Ann so much that even a place like Heaven cannot be enjoyed if he is not with her and he would be willing to do anything and go anywhere just to be with her What I can also say is that every religion is viewed upon on equal grounds and I think that the way the afterlife is represented is brilliant and thought provoking in how I can certainly guarantee that one will be thinking about this novel beyond the text and how it can ignite really deep discussions.This book did an excellent job stirring up the discussion of death and what happens beyond it and while one may be looking for answers within this text, what this book does is present some really interesting thoughts, but yet you are left thinking even beyond the text I think that after reading this, I can certainly say that I have walked away with greater ideas in what it means to live a good and decent life The way that they address some instances, such as the workaholic looking for monetary gain and the holy roller that wants attention for their connection with God, is quite clever Why it is 4.5 stars instead of a solid 5 stars, though, is in these slight inconsistencies where there is no need for some things, but for others, which in a way does get resolved I also thought that while the final part of the book was understandable, it felt like a bit of a letdown that also took a different path from the way things went Then again, we have no idea what is bound to happen in the afterlife All we know in our familiar world is that death is inevitable People are born and people die everyday in greater numbers than we can imagine The same can be said about any and every living being human, dog, fish, plant, etcI would say that this novel has elements of all forms of speculative fiction, but the speculative fiction label seems most accurate What Dreams May Come has elements that some may argue as being fantastical, while others may see elements of horror or science fiction I think that this is an impactful text that does everything that it needs to do, including how it makes its way deep under your skin Matheson s works are known to do this and he is a master, if not THE master, at doing so.You can find the Literary Gladiators discussion for this book containing spoilers here

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