From Here to Eternity: Travelling the World to Find the Good Death
As a practising mortician, Caitlin Doughty has long been fascinated by our pervasive terror of dead bodies. In From Here to Eternity she sets out in search of cultures unburdened by such fears. In rural Indonesia, she observes a man clean and dress his grandfather's mummified body. She meets Bolivian ñatitas (cigarette-smoking, wish-granting human skulls), and discovers th...more
It feels like flushed with the deserved success of first book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, the author had decided to have a dual career as of funeral home proprietor and writer and had ...more
I knew of Caitlin Doughty but never read her earlier book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, which talks about her experience running a crematory and funeral home. In this book, she visits several different places that deal with death differently, either from cultural diffe ...more
I found each section absolutely captivating, and although the Tana Toraja bit did give me a nightmare last night (seriously), I'm going to blame that on the arms-length (or maybe football ...more
In this book, Doughty outlines all of the fucked up ways in which the US death industry is fucked up. She looks at expenses, dignity, and the seeming moratorium on public grief here in the states.
In contrast, Doughty takes the reader along with her as she travels the world learning about other cultures' death rituals and mourning practices. This could have very easily ...more
The Japanese use chopsticks to pluck their loved one's bones from the ashes.
Fascinating and written beautifully
In her second book, Caitlin takes us around the world to take a look at how other cultures view and treat death. If you're already aware of how bizarre, detached and corporate-ified the US is about death, this will be a lovely trip through some truly beautiful rituals and cultures. If you aren't aware, well, this might be a bit jarring for you.
Caitlin approaches the topic with respect and just the right amount of humor. I can't recommend her writing enough, and would definitely recommend her ...more
My actual reaction:
This isn't bad, not by a longshot. It's also not the stunning masterpiece I'd lead myself to believe it would be. A lot of that is my fault because I've stalked Caitlin Doughty for about 4 or 5 years now and am up to date on all her YouTube videos. I often read articles about her or by her or those written for Order of the Good Death so not a lot of this information was new to me. While I expected such to be the case, I also expected to get a more in- ...more
Special thanks to NetGalley for the ARC. This book will be out October 3, and I highly recommend grabbing a copy.
Η Doughty αποφάσισε να ταξιδέψει σε διάφορες χώρες με σκοπό να γνωρίσει από κοντά τους διάφορους τρόπ ...more
Doughty's point during this book isn't a tour of the world's strang ...more
I absolutely LOVED Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory.
It was a quirky memoir of an inexperienced cremation assistant finding her feet in a macabre and sometimes quite depressing industry.
But Caitlin has grown up, the funeral business is no longer just funny anecdotes but an industry that sometimes hurt the grieving more than help by making the final goodbye so absurdly clinical that it loses its humanity.
This book follows Caitlin around the world exploring dif ...more
I really can't find any reason to complain about Caitlin Doughty and her grim but amusing books on her experiences with death. Especially as she walks hand in hand with the reaper on a daily basis as a mortician; a job I could never do myself but have always been curious about.
This book however is more on the customs and traditions of families all over the world when it is time for someone to leave their mortal coil behind. For what I have read from what Caitlin has experienced, th ...more
Just like her first book, this is a title I want to hand to people and say, "Read it and then let's talk."
Solidly written, intelligent, witty, insightful, and unexpectedly heartfelt. I love Caitlin's YouTube series, Ask a Mortician, and equally loved her first book and memoir, The Smoke Gets in your Eyes. Although this book was less autobiography and more historical and informational, I did definitely enjoy it. Plus, the illustrations were haunting and gorgeous.
Ahora piensa, si el ser que más amas en este mundo muriera ahora, ¿Cómo te sentirías cómod@ despiéndol@? De eso va este libro. Del viaje de una ...more
Doughty's last book, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory, was a "pull the curtains back" on the funerary industry piece, and I enjoyed that one immensely. This book follows a different logic altogether, instead of Doughty sharing information about her field, she is now learning right along with us as she travels to a few locations [Indonesia, Bolivia, Spain, Mexico, various locations in the US) and lea ...more
In "From Here to Eternity", Caitlin Doughty takes us to several countries around the world, detailing their practices with their dead. At times quite macabre (this is a book about death, afterall), it is nonetheless a most interesting book. Ms. Doughty mixes wit and sarcasm with fascinating details, making this one delightful book to read! Why is it each cult ...more
by Caitlin Doughty
It seemed only fitting that I chose to read Caitlin Doughty's “From Here to Eternity" on a rainy Saturday afternoon on the third anniversary of my mother’s death and contemplate a subject that makes most of us a little squeamish. Doughty's book is a frank and good humored look at death rituals around the world. "All will die...We avoid the death that surrounds us at our own peril, missing its beauty and its les ...more
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