From the Teeth of Angels


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Wyatt is dying from leukemia. He doesn't want to head off to Austria with her but does so because of a favor that was asked from him before. What he finds there is that he is needed to sort out everyone's dreams of Death and sort out his own life. We also follow Arlen, an actress who has spent the most of her recent past in Austria, cooking and cleaning and staying out of the limelight. When she meets up with Leland, a war correspondent, she discovers happiness and pain.


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I won't go into just what goes on with Leland. I don't want to give too much away. The feeling that I got from the author is that we all have to die at some point. It's the one true thing in life. People die in many ways and the more you fight it, the less of a life you live.

It's a wonderfully written book. There were a few passages that made us all have a-ha moments. I got confused a few times but it does eventually all work together and make a lot of sense. Dec 06, C rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction-favorites. The reread project 6 yes, I have fallen a bit behind The last of the "answered prayers" sextet though they weren't called that when I read them way back in the early 90s.

Earth - His Teeth Did Brightly Shine (from Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II)

I would say that I feel roughly the same about this novel as I have about the five earlier ones in the series: It's good but it wouldn't be something that captured me the way they did then if I read it for the first time now. As a young person, Carroll wrote exactly the kind of fairy tale that I wanted to hear. And The reread project 6 yes, I have fallen a bit behind And I think, in a way, the fairy tale that I hoped my life would be when I was older As someone who is let's say slightly older, the fairy tale falls a little flat.

It's partially because these books feel somewhat like a product of their time but also because the mystique, the romance just doesn't work for me in the same way that it did then. The blame for that may fall more squarely on me than on the books themselves. This book feels a bit better to me than the earlier ones, though. It's less problematic, I feel, and has a far more satisfying ending.

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It may be my favorite of these rereads. I feel lucky that I found these books when I did as a young person as I feel like they opened me up to a different kind of writing and introduced me to several other writers that Carroll quoted even if they don't light me on fire the way they did odd years ago. Jonathan Carroll's From the Teeth of Angels really shocked me.

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Not the twists and turns that Carroll created, some which i saw coming, some which i did not. But I was shocked by the fact that this was totally a Jonathan Carroll book, and totally not one of his typical books at the same time. This story is so cemented to earth compared to other Carroll novels. Everything seemed so real, even when supernatural things happened, the story was grounded and very serious, instead of floating in the beau Jonathan Carroll's From the Teeth of Angels really shocked me.

Everything seemed so real, even when supernatural things happened, the story was grounded and very serious, instead of floating in the beautifully surreal netherworlds that Carroll often takes us to. I liked the change of pace and how life-like he created these characters, but I totally wanted to be taken away the entire novel.

By the end of the novel, Carroll finally pulled out his stops and takes us there and had me completely enwrapped in some extraordinarily beautiful imagery and language about the overall theme of the book. Actually i felt it was some of his best writing and imagery he has ever put to paper.

It just took a bit too long to get there for me to absolutely love this one. And really, I'd give this book 4 to 4. May 21, Jim Zoetewey rated it really liked it. I just finished the book, and I haven't forgotten enough of it yet to sort out which parts are important, and which aren't.

This is a book in which people encounter Death with a capital "D". Death as a person who has a personality. That's a challenge for any author because you have to choose what sort of person he'll be. Almost as important, you have to avoid ripping off the more famous versions of Death that appear in a variety of places ranging from Pratchett's Discworld series to Gaiman' I just finished the book, and I haven't forgotten enough of it yet to sort out which parts are important, and which aren't.

From the Teeth of Angels by Jonathan Carroll

Almost as important, you have to avoid ripping off the more famous versions of Death that appear in a variety of places ranging from Pratchett's Discworld series to Gaiman's Sandman or Anthony's Incarnations of Immortality. To my relief, this version of Death is original. Death's not the main character. He's defined in the experiences of other characters that meet him in one way or another. The other characters are more important in terms of the progress of the story, and even at the end, but still Death's interaction with them causes their growth and changes, making him in many ways, the star of the show.

If nothing else, he's at least the central mystery. My bottom line: I enjoyed it a lot, and recommend it. Oct 26, Karen Zelano rated it liked it. This story is dark and surreal. Death or the Devil, we are never really sure is personified by characters who prey on people by visiting them before they die, disguised as others.

The writing style is perfect, crafty and descriptive, leaving just the right amount of detail to be left for imagination. I didn't care much for the format of switching narrators at each chapter to gain different perspectives of the experience. Maybe a chapter narrated by Death himself would have created more dept This story is dark and surreal.

Maybe a chapter narrated by Death himself would have created more depth. If I had read the author's bio and learned of his past work and genre, I doubt I would have read this novel. I 'm not so into this Fantasy- type genre when it's dark. I much prefer Tolkien or CS Lewis. I want to try to read more diversely, so it was chosen. I do not regret it, it's probably one of the most well-written of its kind, it's the theme I don't like. Kind of like a literary " Meet Joe Black", with Joe being evil.

From the Teeth of Angels is about Wyatt and Arlen, these two people whose life converge in a rather strange way. Wyatt has leukemia, and he knows that he is close to death. Arlen is a retired movie star living in Vienna. Wyatt has been dragged into a rather strange chain of events wherein Death is virtually stalking him and several of his acquaintances. Given the option to learn or survive, he chooses to learn - he's got nothing else to lose. While From the Teeth of Angels was not quite as profou From the Teeth of Angels is about Wyatt and Arlen, these two people whose life converge in a rather strange way.

While From the Teeth of Angels was not quite as profound as some of Carroll's other books i. The letters, in particular, were a treat and the structure of the story was rather enjoyable. Carroll knows how to turn a pretty phrase. I'm quite happy that I took the time to read this.

He always makes me think. This was my first introduction to Jonathan Carroll's work.

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I did like it, but I'm interested to read more based on what I've seen others write. Any time I started to read, I found myself sucked in and held. That's good in and of itself but I also really enjoyed the writing. There are 2 types of writing I like. One where I am aware of the writing and sitting back thinking - this is good writing, and the other, which I think is even more difficult to do - where I enjoy the writing but only realize This was my first introduction to Jonathan Carroll's work. One where I am aware of the writing and sitting back thinking - this is good writing, and the other, which I think is even more difficult to do - where I enjoy the writing but only realize that in retrospect.

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That's how this writing was for me. It's an interesting story and made me think. I found it gave me food for thought and made me contemplate some of my own beliefs, which is always nice. I first heard of Carroll on his show and it's absolutely the best place to listen to authors and a brilliant reader talk about their works and the world of literature.

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