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Death with Interruptions by José Saramago
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Oct 19, 2009

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bookshelves: family-fiction, humour, mystery
Read in August, 2009

In a small country, it's New Year's Day and no one dies, and no one can die. Mortician unions picket because they're out of work. Politicians and the king scramble to legislate long-term care and insurance management that no longer makes sense.

The pets still die, so there's that. And then one family discovers that if you lug grandpa over the border to the next country, he does die. So begin a different kind of industry.

Then there are these purple letters - great penmanship - written by Lady Death. And then she falls in love...

Not one of my favourite Saramago novels, as much as I love him, but it has his trademark convoluted wit of observation.

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