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The Undertaking by Thomas Lynch
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Jul 12, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in July, 2009

What is there to say about an undertaker who moonlights as a poet?

In this collection of essays, Lynch ponders many of the questions about death and life, his intimate perspective providing a sometimes jaded, most often though, reverential view on society's obsession and revulsion of all things deathly.

Lynch has a lyrical voice, a prophet's insights and manages to meld these in compelling essays that always seem to just skirt the overarch.

He reminds us there is humor in death, as there is in life. Though his business is the beautification of death, he pulls no punches when describing the details of his trade.

Thomas Lynch is a personal hero to me, an honest man with great compassion. We should all wish that his are the last hands to hold us.
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