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The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade


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Mihoppygirl, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Mihoppygirl)
A thoughtful exploration in poetry and prose
regarding the meaning of "good deaths, good grief, and good funerals."
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Andrea Oyarzabal, December 26, 2009 (view all comments by Andrea Oyarzabal)
Thomas Lynch has a way with words about death, life, and everything in between, like no other author. His unique perspective on something that can be considered dark brings light and warmth to the essays. This collection has easily become my new favorite book, as it is poignant, breathtaking, and mesmerizing.
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Carol Covert, March 28, 2008 (view all comments by Carol Covert)
People look at you funny when you tell them that you are reading a book by an undertaker/poet . This is a wonderful book about life from the other side - - from a man who has a deep appreciation of life.( Kevorkian is his version of a 4 letter word).I was certain that I never wanted children before I read it but it changed my mind and now I have very cool twin boys.
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Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Lynch, Thomas
Penguin Books
New York :
Undertakers and undertaking
Death & Dying
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from 12
7.94x5.08x.60 in. .41 lbs.
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Thomas Lynch has two occupations: poet and undertaker. Wedding the two in this book of personal essays, he shatters our conception of an undertaker as wan, reserved, and staid, replacing it with one who is colorful, brazen, and whimsical. This is not a dry, dismal book about death. It's a book about life and those who attend to the grieving. It meditates on marriage, parenthood, Ireland, and medically-controlled passings. There's an absorbing essay on a poem about an artichoke, the mysteries of art, and the delicate conference between men and women, as well as a ribald essay, "Crapper," about our inability to deal with an actual dead body, let alone the mere thought of dying. Undertaking, as the title implies, stretches beyond mere caskets and morticians to encompass small tasks and larger struggles. At times a homage to grieving families, an indictment of the funeral business, and a meditation on death (and therefore life), this is a spellbinding collection.

"Synopsis" by , A National Book Award finalist, this collection of unique essays "brims with humanity, irreverence, and invigorating candor" ("The Nation").

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