This was "recommended to me" by a discussion group here on Goodreads. My schedule has not allowed me to read the book quickly enough to actively partiThis was "recommended to me" by a discussion group here on Goodreads. My schedule has not allowed me to read the book quickly enough to actively participate in that discussion but so far I have found this a very interesting and informative book....more
This is a hilarious book! However my 5 star rating of this book comes with a one caveat - this is not a book for "everybody". (but, honestly, if youThis is a hilarious book! However my 5 star rating of this book comes with a one caveat - this is not a book for "everybody". (but, honestly, if you didn't figure this out just from the title, then you kinda deserve to be "grossed out" - or whatever) Let the squeamish be warned.
It very possible that going through life with a last name like 'Roach' worked to 'inform the author's sense of humor' but that's fine with me. In my opinion, Mary Roach has the most finely tuned "morbid sense of humor" on the planet.
This book is not an irreverent send up of the dearly departed and this book is not a dry, clinical textbook. This book is a well written, well researched, funny collection of observations and interviews (put together in a very readable prose style) that at turns will make you smile and make you think.
I knew from the first paragraph of the introduction that I was going to like reading this author:
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 new happens, and nothing is expected of you.
Anyone with a modicum of medical curiosity should find this an entertaining book (more than once while reading I laughed out loud and my daughter asked "What's so funny?"). But I repeat my caveat that this is not for everyone - only on one occasion did I read a humorous passage to my daughter - every other time I simply told my daughter "when you get older you might want to read this book".
My entire family are voracious readers (and all slightly cracked) but I won't be recommending this book to my wife, my brother or my dad. On the other hand, my mom (a retired RN) is going to really enjoy reading it....more