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Vigor Mortis

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'Glitters with ideas and insights' Guardian In the twentieth century, our deaf ear to death mirrored the Victorian blind eye to sex. But death is finally out of the closet. This is a provocative account of how and why we have tamed the thing we most fear. But as death becomes the focus of a new permissiveness, does it signify healthy liberation? Are 'click' and 'buy' coffi ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Profile Books(GB)
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Mar 16, 2008 Meg rated it really liked it
Fascinating look at death and its place in current culture and how it's changed from being something that was seen (wakes, mourning clothes, the graveyard shortages in the UK) to being something that is swept under the carpet and not discussed to events like Diana's death and the public mourning that followed. Plus the changes from the church to the secular/eco-burial.

Thought-provoking and the further reading section is full of further books I'll be looking at.
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