The Living End by Stanley Elkin

"The Living End" is a darkly comedic and surreal exploration of the afterlife, where the protagonist, a liquor store owner, finds himself navigating the absurdities and injustices of heaven and hell following a violent robbery that leads to his untimely death. The narrative delves into themes of divine justice, eternal punishment, and the whims of a capricious God, as the protagonist encounters a cast of bizarre characters and experiences the ultimate existential crisis. Through sharp wit and biting satire, the story critiques religious conventions and the human quest for meaning in the face of an often indifferent universe.

The 3016th greatest book of all time


Published
1979
Nationality
American
Type
Fiction
Pages
117
Words
Unknown
Original Language
English

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