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A Mass for the Dead

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  33 ratings  ·  5 reviews
ATHENEUM PUBLISHERS, 1968
Paperback, 431 pages
Published February 1st 1977 by Holiday House (first published 1968)
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Seán
Family history/memoir as high art. The order of the book is inspired by the order of the funeral Mass, and through this brilliant structuring of poetry and prose Gibson unspools his family's story. This really should be a much better known book.

Post-gay Warning: you will cry, boy. Yes, you will.

Excerpts:
Have mercy upon us, saith the missal: that outcry of woe, is it anything but the primal wail to let us live? live in the hour of the flesh, another minute another mercy, and in the hour of its de
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Beth
Jun 06, 2014 Beth is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy reading, every sentence is a concise work of art. This book will take me a long time to finish.
Have to be in the mood to concentrate completely on his writing style.
Annie Johnson
Not a fan. This book was too fragmented for my liking.
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