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Mourning Diary Hardcover – October 12, 2010
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“A belated and unexpected gift.” ―The London Review of Books
“A writer whose books of criticism and personal musings must be admired as serious and beautiful works of the imagination.” ―Edmund White
“Though Barthes left behind disciples, there can be no replacing him; his brilliance has a wavelength all its own.” ―JOHN UPDIKE
“This is pure Barthes: to write the very words that show how and why words have failed him.” ―Thomas Larson, Contrary Magazine
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Self-help books abound on death, particularly the death of spouses and children. There are almost no books on the death of parents, but the fact is that the death of parents (particularly if one had a close, loving relationship with the parents) is a dramatic and life-changing event. Nothing will ever be the same after the death of parents.
In his diary, Barthes is open about his feelings. Often his entries are one-liners, but always are clearly expressed. It explains the feelings of a survivor moving through mourning, which is something I was grateful for, after having read so many books intended to serve as self-help models on how to overcome the feelings that come with mourning. Whether religiously-based or secular, most books for mourners can't help but bash mourners on the head just a little bit about how they "must" see the person is in "a better place," and how they should start taking steps to "move on" and away from the person that passed. They dwell on this, while softening the blow by saying that one shouldn't hurry. Prodding the mourner to stop it already, as if the mourner could stop the mourning behavior, or as if mourning were some sort of self-imposed toxic behavior, is what most books about death focus on. It can make a mourner feel a bit crazy to have this subtle get-over-it encouragement. Mourning is neither self-imposed, nor is it toxic to feel what is natural to be felt upon losing a very loved person that was an integral part of one's life.Read more ›
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Few could describe the journey of mourning as Barthes can. Beautifully written.Published 10 months ago by Kas Foster