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Being Dead by Jim Crace
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Mar 02, 10

Read in March, 2010

I recently stumbled upon Jim Crace in the discount hardcover section of Barnes and Noble in the form of "The Pesthouse." Pesthouse completely blew my mind and i was hungry for more. While incredibly interesting and at times cringe-worthy, I found "being dead," left a little to be desired. There was a peeping tom element here that was different. I enjoyed peeking into the very ( to me) foreign lives of a rather mundane, long-married couple. Also, while reading the bits about the decomposing bodies, I did feel as if i were crouching above Celice and Joseph, poking and prodding them with a stick as if i were some loathesome child. However I detested the daughter, and felt a bit confused at times while the story dipped into her head. All in all, readable, interesting premise that sort of ended in a strange place that left me feeling a little...cold. No pun intended.

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