Title : Contract with an Angel
Author : Andrew M. Greeley
Rating : 7/10
Genre : Fiction
Still a bit lazy to take pictures of the book since Amazon.com does a great job of putting up sample pages online for viewing. Plus, having to handle more than 3 blogs now, one can understand the limited time one has at night to do picture editing.
Anyway, back to the book. In the first chapter alone, one is intrigued by the opening lines :
"The scenario says you don't have much longer to live, Raymond Anthony Neenan," the main the next seat said to him. "You'd better straighten out the mess you've made of your life."
Imagine yourself as a high-profile businessman living in the fastrack and trying to get ahead of the pack everyday. Pushing people aside for his own interests. Stepping on lots and loads of people's toes. Neglecting his wife and grown-up children. All of it changes the day he meets the Archangel Michael and his partner Gabby, or rather Gabriel. Being a businessman, Michael offers him a contract i.e. get your life together and be a nicer and better man. Of course, Michael and Gabriel is always on hand to provide counselling, for free albeit a few conditions attached (kinda like the free stuff available online with conditions attached ;p ).
It's a really simple read if one is looking for amusement after a tiring and winding day. Andrew Greeley manages to keep the entire story precise, concise and, of course, simple to understand. Did you know he was a Catholic Priest? :)
I will end this review with his statement in the book :
This story is an exercise in speculative religious imagination, not in formal theology. Its premise, like that of my other angel books, is that the works on earth we attribute to angels are in fact the result of the intervention of a much more highly evolved bodily creature from "elsewhere".
Let's see if the freudianspit will start commenting on this. ;p