In The Letter from Death, Lillian Moats constructs an astonishing appraisal of humanity through the eyes of Death itself. As an insightful, philosophical and surprisingly witty narrator, Death takes a tour through the follies of human past, present and future to approach seemingly complex matters with a simple clarity. At once unsettling and comforting, tragic and comic, provocative and wise, The Letter from Death is an insightful examination of humanity that will give thoughtful readers quite a lot to think about.
Praise for The Letter from Death
“Moats uses death not as a threat, but as a prism through which to examine the most profound questions that confront the human race today.” from the forward by Howard Zinn
“…In her fourth book, Moats performs an astonishing feat. By imagining Death as a patient and suffering entity fluent in human affairs, she broaches matters of daunting complexity with galvanizing directness…this clarion critique offers an arresting perspective on religion, our ‘growing militarism,’ our ‘inexhaustible genius for denial,’ and our paradoxical failure to nurture our best qualities…Moats has created a wise, unsettling, and beautiful book.” Donna Seaman, Booklist
“…The Letter from Death is an intelligent and delightful exploration of the human comic tragedy. It has the light flavor, wit, and prick of Praise of Folly and Screwtape Letters but the deep insights and jabs come more from the perspective of Epicurus. This is a book that thoughtful people will want to give to thoughtful friends.” Philip Regal, Author of The Anatomy of Judgement, Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota
This provocative work reveals how our irrational and unexamined fear of death has been manipulated throughout history. This has resulted in the misdirection of our energies-away from real challenges and toward unnecessary ones. In this philosophical letter addressed to the whole of humanity, Death challenges even the most open-minded reader to examine the basis of their beliefs about life, death and human nature.