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The Undertaking

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ISBN13: 9780393041125
ISBN10: 0393041123
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"Every year I bury a couple hundred of my townspeople." So opens this singular and wise testimony. Like all poets, inspired by death, Thomas Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or to cremate them and to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as the funeral director. In the conduct of these duties he has kept his eyes open, his ear tuned to the indispensable vernaculars of love and grief. In these twelve pieces his is the voice of both witness and functionary. Here, Lynch, poet to the dying, names the hurts and whispers the condolences and shapes the questions posed by this familiar mystery. So here is homage to parents who have died and to children who shouldn't have. Here are golfers tripping over grave markers, gourmands and hypochondriacs, lovers and suicides. These are the lessons for life our mortality teaches us.

Book News Annotation:

As an undertaker and poet, Lynch pays unique homage to "the living who have died" and funeral rites. He even posits the idea of a golfatorium. Several of these essays appeared previously in Harper's and The London Review of Books. No index.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

A chronicle of small-town life and death told through the eyes of a poet who is also an undertaker.

Synopsis:

'[Lynch] brings the lessons of death to life, and turns life and death into art.' '"Time Out New York

Synopsis:

Here is the voice of both witness and functionary. Lynch stands between 'the living and the living who have died' with outrage and amazement, awe and calm, straining for the brief glimpse we all get of what mortality means to a vital species.

Synopsis:

Like all poets inspired by death, Thomas Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or to cremate them and to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as funeral director. In this book, Lynch, poet to the dying, names the hurts and whispers the condolences and shapes the questions posed by the familiar mystery known as death.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. [201]-202).

About the Author

Thomas Lynch's stories, poems, and essays have appeared in Granta, The Atlantic, Harper’s, the Times (of London, New York, Ireland, and Los Angeles), and elsewhere. The Undertaking was a finalist for the National Book Award; he is also the author of Still Life in Milford, Booking Passage, Apparition & Late Fictions and Walking Papers. Lynch lives in Milford, Michigan, and West Clare, Ireland.

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rowyurboat, January 23, 2012 (view all comments by rowyurboat)
Reading this book is like a series of short visits with an extremely articulate friend who is by turns playful, serious, deep thinking, loving, imaginative, solemn and very funny. The subtitle is "Life Studies from the Dismal Trade", but there's nothing dismal about this second-generation funeral director from Milford, Michigan who's also a poet highly regarded in the U.S/. and abroad. A companionable and original read.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780393041125
Subtitle:
Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Author:
Lynch, Thomas
Publisher:
W. W. Norton & Company
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Death
Subject:
Grief
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Death & Dying
Subject:
Funeral rites and ceremonies
Subject:
Sociology - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references p. 201-202.
Series Volume:
[67-151]
Publication Date:
July 1997
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.97x5.26x.85 in. .73 lbs.

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Product details 224 pages W. W. Norton & Company - English 9780393041125 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , A chronicle of small-town life and death told through the eyes of a poet who is also an undertaker.
"Synopsis" by , '[Lynch] brings the lessons of death to life, and turns life and death into art.' '"Time Out New York
"Synopsis" by , Here is the voice of both witness and functionary. Lynch stands between 'the living and the living who have died' with outrage and amazement, awe and calm, straining for the brief glimpse we all get of what mortality means to a vital species.

"Synopsis" by , Like all poets inspired by death, Thomas Lynch is, unlike others, also hired to bury the dead or to cremate them and to tend to their families in a small Michigan town where he serves as funeral director. In this book, Lynch, poet to the dying, names the hurts and whispers the condolences and shapes the questions posed by the familiar mystery known as death.
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