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Being Dead by Jim Crace
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Nov 13, 2007

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction

Read this over a long weekend break, and was left haunted by it. Joseph the Husband dies a short while after Celice after they have been budgeoned on a secluded beach while having a picnic.He dies with his hand on his wifes leg,and it is only moved when 6 days later the police have to force the bodies into temporary coffins. That little detail has stayed in my mind since reading this beautiful book about nature and death but also about marriage and the little routines and conflicts in married life. I loved this book but also found it depressing as it made me think of death for longer than is healthy.
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message 2: by sisterimapoet (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:45PM) (new)

sisterimapoet I'm pleased to hear that you enjoyed this. I might be a bit sick but I found it quite comforting in a strange way - if I remember rightly, all the little detail about the creatures taking over the bodies. And dying on a beach sounds a great place to end my days.

message 1: by minnie (last edited Aug 25, 2016 01:46PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

minnie Yes, but you almost wish that they were never found, and just eventually became part of the dunes.I suppose they had to be found though, so the daughter could really see them.

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