- Megan Bingham
“It can safely be said that no one has touched more lives, more deeply, than Death. Through this devastating memoir, it is hoped he will touch many, many more.”
Have you ever wondered what Death’s real story was? Did he a childhood? A romance? How did he become Death?
In George Pendle’s hilarious new book, Death: A Life, Death reveals all. From his unusual childhood with his mother and father (respectfully, Sin and Satan) to his first experience taking a soul (a unicorn’s death, to be exact), Death relays his story.
At first, Death begins as a naive child-demon, unsure of his place in Hell and in Life itself. After all, his father is the Prince of Darkness, and his mother guards the infamous gates of Hell. The only thing Death accomplishes around Hell is getting himself into trouble. But when his mischief-seeking father announces that the family is moving to a new realm God has created—Earth—Death finally discovers what he was meant for.
He learns that his official job is ushering souls into The Darkness, a pet-like abyss that follows him around. The job is steady and fulfilling—until Death meets a human named Maud, who cannot only see him but is thrilled by the job position he holds. Slowly, Death begins to question his place in the Cosmos. He feels drawn to Life—although, by feeling this way, he risks the balance of the entire Universe.
Death: A Life is a carefully written parody from author George Pendle. With catchy and almost constant humor, Death recounts the early failures and victories of the Universe through imaginative personal accounts. Pendle’s characterization of Death is enjoyable, as he serves as a straight man to the lunatics and busybodies of the Cosmos. Written in colorful dialog and even a few clever images, Death: A Life is an excellent piece of fiction, especially if you enjoy dark humor, folklore, and religious studies.