To Your Scattered Bodies Go (Riverworld Series, Book 1)
To Your Scattered Bodies Go - Riverworld Series, Book 1 Author:Philip Jose Farmer All those who ever lived on Earth have found themselves resurrected--healthy, young, and naked as newborns--on the grassy banks of a mighty river, in a world unknown. Miraculously provided with food, but with no clues to the meaning of their strange new afterlife, billions of people from every period of Earth's history--and prehistory--must star... more »t again.
Sir Francis Bacon would be the first to glimpse the incredible way-station, a link between worlds. This forbidden sight would spur the renowned 19th-century explorer to uncover the truth. Along with a remarkable group of compatriots, including Alice Liddell Hargreaves (the Victorian girl who was the inspiration for Alice in Wonderland), an English-speaking Neanderthal, a WWII Holocaust survivor, and a wise extraterrestrial, Burton sets sail on the magnificent river. His mission: to confront humankind's mysterious benefactors, and learn the true purpose--innocent or evil--of the Riverworld . . .« less
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A very absorbing book that makes you ponder about why we are here, and what is soul? I read the whole Riverworld series multiple times about twenty years ago, and found it really fascinating with all the possibilities of humankind being resurrected all at one time on a strange world. After re-reading this book again, the idea is still very interesting, but I think the book is bogged down too much with personal observations and details, so many details, so the story seems a little choppy. You can tell that Philip Jose Farmer really admired the people he made the protagonists in this story and described them very well, but I think all the detail detracts from the story quite a bit. The biggest thing that you can take away from this book is your own ponderings - what would you do, do we have souls that travel the Universe after we die or does life begin and end with the physical body?