What a great concept! A hospice cruise where one dies in peace rather than being turned every few hours to avoid bed sores. Wills hooked me with the first line of the book. "Kumor's sweaty, soot-stained face tensed in exertion as he pushed a pole to maneuver the charred smoking corpse in a funeral pyre." Right off, I knew this wasn't going to be your average read.
Wills quickly introduces a unique cast of characters, some crew members and some "transitional" passengers. I like the concept of transition rather than death. It has a peaceful quality. During the last days of their lives, George and Maureen discover something in each other that makes both of their "transitions" easier. I wish that for all of us.
Wills obviously has extensive knowledge of Hinduism and Buddhism. He makes numerous references that are fascinating to western readers.
His format is unusual--short sections of one to two pages, each with a title. He juxtaposes monks creating a mandala to volleyball games among crew members to graphic sex to a love affair between two people waiting for their transitions. This is exactly what life is all about--a series of events going on simultaneously. The format makes for quick easy reading. Never was I bored--not for a second--and I bore easily in books.
This is bound to be a best seller and has great potential for a blockbuster movie. August 12, 2012 By Nepal Writer, I want to take this cruise! Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase