The afterlife and other stories is rich in imagery meaning and irony there are a lot of interesting points and perspectives for the reader to ponder one cannot read this book without having been challenged entertained and moved the tales told in the afterlife and other stories taken individually are very entertaining. The afterlife and other stories book read 49 reviews from the world home my books the afterlife is a moving and beautifully observed well it would be its by updike late career collection focusing on age and mortality that makes it sound rather grim but it isnt theres a repeated theme throughout of the importance of place in a . John updike was the author of more than sixty books eight of them collections of poetry his novels including the centaur rabbit is rich and rabbit at rest won the pulitzer prize the national book award the national book critics circle award and the william dean howells medal of the american academy of arts and lettershe died in january 2009. John updike reads six stories he has selected from the 100 odd he has published mr updike when asked to described his method of reading aloud said i try to picture the things described and to speak the words distinctly and to let the emotion come through on its own. More recent afterlife theories suggest that life might continue in another dimension or plane of existence perhaps even on another planet stories of near death experiences there is no definitive proof of course that life after death exists or they wouldnt be around to tell us their stories
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