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Christians believe the spirit survives the body. The philosopher Rene Descartes equated mind and spirit and tried to prove them totally separable from the body. Are they? Cocky young Professor Eric Behrens curses the world and wishes he were someone, anyone, else. He trips, is knocked out, and wakes in the body of a middle-aged, overweight Benedictine monk with a severe heart defect. He must survive in an alien environment and in a defective body, while trying to "go home again". Anselm: A Metamorphosis by Florence Byham Weinberg plays upon an ancient longing as well as ancient fears. What is it like, it asks, to wake up as another person, unrecognizable even to those closest to one, being in all but one way wholly new to oneself? That one way is an abiding sense of self-identity. In a fascinating tour de force, this novel follows the sudden change in the identity of a carefree young English professor into a middle-aged priest by exploring many layers of his consciousness.
©2013 Florence Byham Weinberg (P)2017 Florence Byham Weinberg
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4 out of 5 stars
By korinka on 05-25-18

Intriguing read

This is one of those stories that stay with you. The exploration of what happens if you wake up in someone else's body has been done many times, but I haven't encountered it in such a depth as in this story before. I also found it to be really engrossing and action-filled, which I haven't anticipated.

The narrator isn't one of my favorites, but he does a good job with Eric / Anselm.

Give this a listen, it's a good one!



My heartfelt thanks to the author, narrator, or publisher for providing me this audiobook via Audiobook Boom at no cost in exchange for my unbiased review.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Deedra on 06-12-17

Anselm

A very good book!A man says he would do anything to be someone else.He trips and when he gets up..he is!Never wish for something...you just might get it.Richard Rieman is the perfect narrator for this book.I was given this book free by the author, narrator or publisher.

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