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In other chapters the narrative moves forward. Celice and Joseph are on vacation and nobody misses them until they do not return. Thus, it is six days before their bodies are found. Crace describes in minute detail their gradual return to the land with the help of crabs, birds, and the numerous insects that attack the body and gently and not so gently prepare it for the dust-to-dust phase of death. Celice and Joseph would have been delighted with the description: she was a zoologist and he was an oceanographer, and they spent their lives with their eyes to the microscope, observing the phenomena of life and death. Some readers might find this gruesome, but the facts of death are told in such glorious prose that these descriptions in no way detract from the enjoyment of the book.
After her parents do not return home, their daughter, Syl, must search the morgues and follow up John and Jane Doe reports until she is finally asked to make an identification of the remains in the dunes. We then discover that the reader has had a more intimate relationship with them in death than Syl ever had with them in life. This small gem of a book, not really a mystery in the usual sense, will stay with you long after you finish. --Otto Penzler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you like gruesome, detailed grisly descriptions, then you will love this book. The author, perhaps because of his own father's death, seems to be using his writing (while... Read morePublished 10 days ago by mbl
This is not something I would have picked up had it not been for my English class, but I'm glad I was required to read it. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Buy all the things!
Being Dead is one of the most extraordinary, poetic, unsentimental books I have ever read about death. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Erica Miles. author of Dazzled by Darkness
This book is incredibly strange both due to the bizarre unusual perspectives introduced and the way the book unfolds. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Sophie Priddy
A very intense little novel about the prosaic facts of death. A new stance on how death is just death and nothing frilly about it. Read morePublished 8 months ago by K.N.R.
Crace maps out a senseless and violent death, weaving it into the lives of the victims and their surviving daughter; telling a story of 30 years in the making, while the couple's... Read morePublished 10 months ago by mikepoeltl
There was not a single likable character in the entire book. Did not enjoy this read at all. The only positive thing was that it reminded me of how transitory life really is and... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cheryl in Orlando