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A Mass for the Dead

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This is written in remembrance of Gibson's deceased parents and in honor of their lives. In reflecting on them he in turn makes it a tribute to parenthood and a dedication to his own children. Gibson's language is striking in its poignancy. Despite the title, this is not a religious work, but a work of love from a child to parent and from the child-become-parent to his own ...more
Paperback, 431 pages
Published February 1st 1977 by Holiday House (first published 1968)
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Seán
Jan 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Family history/memoir as high art. The order of the book is inspired by the order of the funeral Mass, and through this brilliant structuring of poetry and prose Gibson unspools his family's story. This really should be a much better known book.

Post-gay Warning: you will cry, boy. Yes, you will.

Excerpts:
Have mercy upon us, saith the missal: that outcry of woe, is it anything but the primal wail to let us live? live in the hour of the flesh, another minute another mercy, and in the hour of its de
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Beth
Apr 21, 2014 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Heavy reading, every sentence is a concise work of art. This book will take me a long time to finish.
Have to be in the mood to concentrate completely on his writing style.
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the GoodReads database with this name. See this thread for more information.

William Gibson was a Tony Award-winning American playwright and novelist. He graduated from the City College of New York in 1938.

Gibson's most famous play is The Miracle Worker (1959), the story of Helen Keller's childhood education, which won him the Tony Award for Best Pla
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