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- Listening Length: 8 hours
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Tantor Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: February 26, 2004
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0001O356G
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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
I found this book hilarious, fun and informative, but too superficial and lack of deep reflections in the cultural, ethical and religious aspect of the topic. Read morePublished 1 day ago by GILBERTO PEREZ
I heard about this book, not sure where. Decided to read. I found it very interesting and informative. It took me awhile to adjust to author's writing style. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Bhamdo
As always, Mary Roach makes the best read of the subjects we don't think about. Her usual irreverent humor on fine display here; definitely worth the read, especially for those of... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Unknown
This book is funny but respectful and filled with interesting information. Mary Roach is fast becoming one of my favorite authors.Published 10 days ago by RoxyCapri
The book was a present and it came in perfect condition. I'm very satisfied with this purchase.Published 15 days ago by babzbunny
Interesting book, due to age of the book, would be interesting to see if attitudes about this topic since it was first published.Published 19 days ago by Amazon Customer
Informative, if you're into this sort of thing. I was interested by Gulp was so good and very entertaining. I'll now think differently about donating my body to science.Published 19 days ago by S. V. Nobles
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