小鎮Coldwater接連有人收到死去的親人從天堂打來的電話，Sully認為事有可疑，追查誰是偽造者。敘事過程中穿插了Alexander Graham Bell發明電話的歷史，以及Sully本人的冤案和喪妻背景。最後Sully竟收到妻子Giselle打來的電話，並在短暫失去知覺期間見到她。無疑電話的時間在發現Horace死亡之後，但以他所自豪的尖端科技而言，預設一小時後撥出這通電話絕無問題吧，到底天堂是否存在，始終視乎一己的信仰罷了。
Penance: Punishment inflicted on oneself as an outward expression of repentance for wrongdoing.
Geronimo: Used to express exhilaration, especially when leaping from a great height or moving at speed.
薩里作為空軍機師, 因為航塔指揮員錯失而飛機失事入獄, 妻子又因此車禍喪身. 他出獄之後,極度失意, 同時間水冷鎮竟發生天堂來電的神蹟. 幾個鎮上的人分別多次在星期五接到過世親人或朋友的來電, 告知天堂真的存在並要世人相信. 薩里不相信天堂, 可看到兒子被誤導, 誓要找出真相.
全書每個段落都短短的, 可能是作者想增加節奏感, 可是開頭讀來跳來跳去會覺得有點兒混亂. 隨著後半部真相逐漸揭開, 才變得流暢緊湊. 結局有點點悲傷, 縱使是解開了騙局, 依然留下一個他妻子最後打來的未知來電沒有解釋. 天堂的事, 真真假假, 或許毋容證明, 有信仰的自然會選擇相信.
「他沒有工作, 妻子住院, 父親以他為恥, 岳父母拒絕交談, 兒子又不停地要找媽媽。他噩夢纏身, 變得討厭睡覺, 但是真實世界慘若夢魘, 他也不想起床。」...Continua
Mitch Elbom has always been my favorite writer. His books always touch my heart and inspire me to change and become a better person.
This book touches on the idea of Heaven, whether there is life after death. A few people received phone calls from deceased they know. The author did a good job to catch my attention throughout the story. I was curious about why and how this happened.
Yet at the end when the main character found out the truth, it became a detective story to me. It seems to be different from the usual style of Mitch to illustrates extraordinary stories of ordinary people.
Nevertheless, I like this book as much....Continua
As usual, the author is good at attaching you to the book. Climax after climax. I did not want to stop once I started to read! I like the plot .... until the last chapter.
It is perfectly fine if the phone calls were all hoax. It is fine too if Sully met his wife after the accident. But I really find it weird for Sully to receive a phone call from her wife ... in heaven.
A book about possibilities and miracles if you believe. A fun and fast moving story even if you don't believe.
Read my complete review at: http://www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2013/12/the-first-phone-call-from-heaven.html