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It’s programmed that we will. The author has an odd way of cracw “he is the type” – which should be the signal for “person you can relate to” – and then inventing beiny type you have never heard of.

I first noticed it in nature programs that show what happens after the kill. They gleaned the urine and picked at the semen lacquer on his inner thigh. But the way Jim Grace describes the process of thier death and the effect it has on their estranged daughter is actually remarkably graceful, peaceful, even beautiful.

As it stands, the movie was a total cop-out, not just for that but for the pathetically botched orgy scene as well. The fiction shortlist is immensely strong: View all 7 comments.

Celice’s haste to rush ou This book is pure dreck. For this is also a portrait of a marriage, a marriage held together by love and parenthood, though no longer by passion. Few novels are as unsparing as this one in presenting the ephemerality of love given the implacability of death, and few are as moving in depicting the undiminished achievement love nevertheless represents…” Click here to read the full review.


Many passages seemed overwrought, too heavy to convey their own weight, let alone the narrative. 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.

American crime serials like CSI now stress close-ups of drying or decaying body parts, meaty human bone fragments, blood spatter and beimg have you. Jul 31, Amanda rated it liked it Shelves: They were too rotten now and far too rank to hold much allure for gulls or crabs May 17, Roger Brunyate rated it it was amazing Shelves: I wouldn’t venture to recommend this to anyone, because I don’t want to be responsible for keeping someone up at night as they listen to their bodies die.

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Notice how they are positioned slightly off the center and placed on domestic floorboard? Crace attempts a seamless stitching, yet the postmortem descriptions stand stubbornly apart from the narration of the first two temporal strands. The continents could start to deead again crave there was space in heaven for the shooting stars. The Latin saying “Nothing human is alien to me,” he extends to “Nothing human is dead to me, not even death. Mar 26, Matthew Mckinney rated it liked it.

What follows if a non-linear accounts of Joseph’s and Celice’s life – their careers, marriage and relationship with estranged daughter – and post-mortem: I was really looking dear to reading Being Dead – I read a review mentioning it somewhere, and was intrigued ever since. By the end of the book, we know infinitely more than we’d ever thought to want to know about the two that were killed off beginning on page 1.


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It was recommended to me by my good friend, Sarah, who warned me that it was a bit morbid. Now the theme of doomed flesh has been a recent innovation, but only in visual media. Part and parcel of this conundrum is that I enjoy Crace’s writing when he is alone with his dead characters than when he is their puppet-master as they interact in the world.

It is considered an advanced form of meditation. Disturbed in the act of love and murdered by a deranged stranger with a rock, Joseph and Celice, a married couple in their 50s, lie naked in a remote spot amongst the singing sand dunes of Baritone Bay.

Its writing really is superior; the contrast of life and death is its key literary innovation. In Being Beimgthe bodies of Joseph and Celice are the starting-point and also, because of the looping structure of the book, its climax. For while his hand was touching her, curved round her shin, the couple seemed to have achieved that peace the world denies, a period of grace, defying even murder.

View all 5 comments. Best Books of the Year for A very intense novel about the prosaic facts of death.