The Inhabited World

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  • Hardcover
  • 288 pages
  • The Inhabited World
  • David Long
  • English
  • 23 May 2019
  • 9780618543359

About the Author: David Long

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The Inhabited WorldThe eighth bookfrom an awardwinning and acclaimed author, The Inhabited World is Long's most gripping and profound workEvan Molloya son, husband, and stepfatherfatally The InhabitedPDF orshot himself but doesn’t know why He is stuck in a state of purgatory in the house in Washington State where he lived and died The woman who now lives there,Maureen Keniston, is in her late thirties and is trying to restart her life after breaking off a long affair with a married man The novel deftly moves back and forth between the story of Evan's troubled life and Maureen's efforts to emerge from her own purgatory In watching Maureen's struggles and ultimate triumph, Evan comes to see his own life and death in a completely new wayPartpsychological drama, part absorbing mystery, The Inhabited World paints a stirring portrait of a man caught between this world and the next and a woman who unwittingly offers him a sort of redemption he never could have predicted.

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10 thoughts on “The Inhabited World

  1. Sue says:

    How is it that a novel about the lingering spirit of a suicide can be one of the most life-affirming books I've read. I'd actually avoided reading this because of the descriptive reviews until a friend convinced me that it was well worth it.

    And it is well worth the reading on two levels: the quality of the writing itself and Long's ability to express emotion so carefully and beautifully, as well as the ability to show growth and redemption of the human spirit.

    At times the story is difficult but it never takes unkind cuts at its inhabitants who are merely humans (and a spirit) struggling with human problems. It is generous and offers possibilities for the future.

    The picture of mental illness and depression gradually taking over a life is devastating but don't let this deter you from reading this novel. That's actually the beginning. There is so much more as well as wonderfully described characters along the way.

    The plot is well described in many places and I won't restate it here. I will say the "interaction" of Evan with Maureen made me think, hope and smile.

  2. Diane says:

    I found this book fascinating for several reasons. Long is a good writer and I enjoyed an earlier book of his, Falling Boy. I also liked the very ordinariness of the main character and the ordinary problems that have a possibly not so ordinary outcome - suicide followed by life as a "shade" (my term not the author's) It is the life of the "shade" that truly fascinated me. I found myself thinking about the descriptions of what this shade could and could not do and was delighted with the author's descriptions of the limitations and attributes. This does not seem like something that would normally delight or fascinate me.

    For example, a shade cannot read a book or even a letter since he cannot turn pages. He cannot read people's minds nor hear the other half of conversations nor cause things to fall off shelves nor cause other mischief the way the ghosts George and Marion Kirby and dog Neil did for Cosmo Topper, a favorite childhood TV show. The life of a shade is solitary and reflective. Most interesting, the shade - Evan - can feel emotion and empathy and sympathy but is helpless to make any difference. He watches a young boy fall down the cellar steps and cannot stop the fall. And although he aches to help, he has no way to comfort the boy's mother as she sits distraught at the kitchen table.

    But this is also a book that suggests there are second chances in life - and maybe beyond life. A young woman, Maureen, moves into the house where Evan lives as a shade (his former house) and he desperately wants to help her - to reach out to her. It is through his attempt to reach her that he tells the story of his life and his death. We are left not knowing for sure, but perhaps Evan will have a second chance to die and not be shade and Maureen may have a second chance as well.

  3. Ruby says:

    The back jacket of this book calls David Long "a writer's writer." Spoken by a writer, this is a compliment, though I see it as a backhanded one. Translation: he doesn't make any money. How many writers are there out there to read each others' books? If all you are is a writer's writer, you're sunk.

    What can we hope to learn from a character who is already dead? How can this character grow, change, evolve? These are questions I would have asked had I heard about this book before reading it. Lucky for me, I didn't.

    As the ghost of Evan Molloy putters around the house in which he died, he shows us the intimate lives of the living strangers who now occupy the house, while recounting his own history. Juxtaposed, these tales pry apart the mysteries of human action, especially our own actions.

    This is a new take on purgatory, one that shakes off punishment and leaves only the experience of life, its game of influence and impotence, as teacher.

  4. Denali says:

    An interesting way to tell a story but ultimately slight.

  5. Jennifer says:

    Good, good, good. Although I wanted to be told the answers at the end of the book, I think leaving it open was a better ending. The author handled Evan's state of mind eloquently. He manages to bring across the absolute despair, the feeling that you are moving through a heavy atmosphere. And the way Evan questions himself, yet knows himself to be whiny and irritable.

    Using Maureen as a framework for Evan's story was new and different. I had expected more parallels in their lives, but Maureen really turns out to be quite a minor character in the book. On the other hand, the story of Evan and Claudia is sad, sad, sad. Both loving and wanting each other, but mental illness getting in the way.

  6. Toni says:

    I would of never picked this book to read on my own. It was suggested to me by Jan Priddy. I was between library books and thought I should of give it a try. A good read for me in that I finished it. So many books these days do not hold my attention. I think its me not them.
    I won't say anything about the plot because it would detract from reading it.

  7. Dale says:

    dual story of man who kills self (shotgun) who inhabits the home he shot himself in and observes the new owner (female); NY Times Notable Book, 2006, which in the end became depressing but I finished it; 2006, 277 pgs., Berea Library

  8. Julia Bloom says:

    Overall a very good read, but the ending left me wanting more.

  9. Kat Stromquist says:

    Readable, but I wasn’t in the right headspace.

  10. Margaret says:

    Beautiful writing; sometimes excrutiating story, though, with the story revolving around a man, Evan Molloy, who is dead and "inhabits" the house and property where he died (we know this up front). What's billed on the jacket as a story that revolves around Evan and the then current occupant of the house, Maureen, is in reality more the back story of Evan's life up to and after his death - this story requires the reader to live through a descent into depression leading to Evan's suicide (again, this isn't a spoiler - it's revealed early on). (Note: If anyone wants (?) to read a really good book concerning suicide - such a happy topic! - I recommend "The Suicide Index" (a memoir with some "fictionalized accounts," and a terrific albeit sobering book).)

    David Long's writing talent in "The Inhabited World" is evident - many lovely, spot on sentences to like here. Here's a (long) quote concerning Evans's current (post-death) thoughts on God & the afterlife: "As a grown man, Evan had replaced [his mother's] version of the afterlife with - actually, he'd never replaced it with anything. Nothing religious, anyway. He took the visible world for what it was, particles or waves (depending on how you looked at it) coalescing into things you could touch or smell or listen to. Was there "more"? He'd need evidence. And why "shouldn't" he? If people were modeled on God, why should they have to dumb down their powers of judgment? It was demeaning and senseless. But what he really believed was that it simply worked the other way around. The fact of being alive was so unfathomable that people had invented a super-parent to shepherd them through the experience - one both wrathful and loving, aware of individual sparrows and sand fleas but at the same time extraordinarily reluctant to get involved."

    The characters - Evan, his (ex-)wife, father, mother-in-law - are vivid and real. Oddly, the one person with jacket cover "billing" in addition to Even, Maureen, remains something of a cipher, and the ending, which concerns her, is not all that satisfying.

    The phrase "writer's writer" kept running through my head as I read this book: Story line could use some help (or change it entirely), but the writing is engaging and quite talented.