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Being Dead
Being Dead
Author: Jim Crace
The author ponders the redemptive power of secular love in this novel. Their bodies had expired, but anyone looking at them could see that Joseph and Celice were still devoted, the couple seemed to have achieved a peace the world denies, a period of grace, defying even murder. They were still man and wife, quietly resting, dead but not yet departed
ISBN-13: 9780670889891
ISBN-10: 067088989X
Publication Date: 9/2/1999
Pages: 224
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Publisher: Viking Australia
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
This book was a very quick read for me. Tells the story of an older couple who are murdered in the sand dunes near where they first fell in love. Sounds like a love story gone wrong, where there will be many tears shed, right? Wrong! This book tells in minute detail the physical breakdown of the couples bodies, ie. weather, insects, crabs, flies and general decomposition of corpses. Totally not a love story...well, maybe in a sick way, as they died with the husband still clutching her leg. Good book, but definitely NOT a sweet love story.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a hauntingly beautiful novel that keeps popping up in my mind even though it's been a couple years since I read it. Well written and speaks to the soul.
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Helpful Score: 2
It is scary to think just how long a person can be missing, decomposing and soon completely disappear before anyone notices.
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Helpful Score: 2
I really liked this book, but I'm sure it isn't for everyone. The author describes the physical process of 2 human bodies as they decay after death. This description is mixed in with stories about some of the events that occurred before their death. There is a bit of a mystery for a while about how the pople died, but the basic theme seems to be that people are mistaken when they assign meaning and cause to their life's events. A very thought provoking book.
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Helpful Score: 1
I was a little disappointed with this one. A little too graphic for my tastes.
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