Book Reviews of The Undertaking : Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

The Undertaking : Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
The Undertaking Life Studies from the Dismal Trade
Author: Thomas Lynch
ISBN-13: 9780140276237
ISBN-10: 0140276238
Publication Date: 9/1/1998
Pages: 224
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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3.4 stars, based on 24 ratings
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 3
The author of this book has a difficult job and a dimal outlook but hang on it gets better when he comes to realize that life can be full of joy if you chose to view it that way.
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Helpful Score: 2
Another reviewer said the author is somewhat preachy. True, especially when he's tetchily trying to defend the crasser innovations of his profession from the damning arguments made decades ago by Jessica Mitford in *The American Way of Death*. Mitford wins this one handily. There are interesting & tolerably lyrical passages elsewhere in the book, but one can never shake the impression that this author takes himself, qua undertaker, far too seriously. American death practices, as fashioned by the funeral industry, are as uncouth & graceless as ever. The author, in his day job, proctors a banal ritual & with ample wishful thinking tries to lend it poetry after the fact. Something like a car salesman waxing philosophical about his job.
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Helpful Score: 1
I quickly got bored with this. The author was kind of preachy.