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- Print Length: 305 pages
- Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1st edition (May 17, 2004)
- Publication Date: May 17, 2004
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00421BN2C
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,473 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers Kindle Edition
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The anonymous cadavers that are the subjects of STIFF could hardly have asked for a livelier or more sympathetic chronicler than Mary Roach, who has managed to write a book that balances sensitivity and respect with a wonderfully sharp wit. In fact, STIFF is unexpectedly and quite blessedly hilarious, although the humor never comes at the expense at the dead bodies that populate its pages. Instead, Roach uses humor as a kind of psychic safety valve, a vital and much-appreciated tension release from what is, at times, some very intense subject matter.
The real highlights of this book are the sections that delve into some of the more disreputable uses of cadavers. There is a droll and utterly hilarious history of body snatching and a short overview of medicinal cannibalism (human mummy confection, anyone?).Read more ›
Meanwhile, expect some odd looks when you are sitting there reading a book obviously about the dearly departed, and you started sputtering, and can't help but laugh out loud! Quirky humour, but that's my favorite kind. Thank you, Mary Roach.
I recommend this book to anyone in healthcare, or the clergy, or anyone even dealing with people who experience loss. It gives you a new perspective.
On the other hand, I will have a hard time ever eating gelatin again...
Roach opens her book with the comparison of death to a pleasure cruise: The way I see it, being dead is not terribly far off from being on a cruise ship. Most of your time is spent lying on your back. The brain has shut down. The flesh begins to soften. Nothing much new happens, and nothing is expected of you....
Stiff is, without a doubt, a bizarre yet remarkably engaging read: not surprising since Roach is such a terrific writer. The author possesses the ingenious ability of being able to make digestible the most repulsive of subjects. Curious, yet not callus, Roach manages to ask-and yes, answer-questions often best left unspoken (keeping in mind public decorum). Furthermore, Roach is hilarious. Quite honestly I was surprised at how many times the author prompted (albeit sometimes guilty) laughter. A neat trick that, keeping in mind the grisly subject matter.
Roach gleefully covers merry topics such as: practicing surgery on the dead, embalmment, body snatching, the process of decay, human crash test dummies, crucifixion experiments, live burials, human head transplants, ecological (read: green) releasments, and everyone's all-time favourite- cannibalism.Read more ›
This is well written, well researched, and thorough. My one, very minor complaint is with the organization of the book. I feel as though it starts much more strongly than it finishes. So, for example, she might have considered organizing the chapters differently.
I don't think you need a particularly strong stomach to read this book. Only one item actually turned my stomach. But when it did, it *really* did.
The book succeeded in making me think about my own death. It also made me think about my mother's death and made it easier to accept certain events. ...
I hope this book will make you laugh and then think too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
So interesting thinking about how cadavers are used. That death doesn't have to mean your body is useless, or wasteful- not at all. Read more
Excellent!! New way to have respect for those who donate their bodies to research. Thank heavens that some do.Published 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This book was so well written, respectful yet witty, and very hard to put down. I loom forward to reading more of Mary RoachPublished 5 days ago by Jody
This is a GREAT book, especially if you've ever wondered what really happens to donated cadavers. Mary Roach keeps the text light hearted but factual, lending a readability to the... Read morePublished 8 days ago by SMS1989
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