Being Dead

by Jim Crace | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 0140239758 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Unbalanced of Hampton, Victoria Australia on 2/11/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by Unbalanced from Hampton, Victoria Australia on Saturday, February 11, 2006
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Lying in the sand dunes of Baritone Bay are the bodies of a middle-aged couple. Zoologists Joseph and Celice returned to the site of their first lovemaking to rekindle the flame thirty years into their marriage, only to be battered to death by a thief with a chunk of granite. Their bodies lie undiscovered and rotting for a week, prey to sand-crabs, flies and gulls, and yet there is something touching about this scene--it's in the way that Joseph's hand curves lightly around Celice's leg, "quietly resting; flesh on flesh; dead but not departed yet."

Being Dead is more about the leavings of death than it is about the state of death itself. Running crazy fate lines between the past and present of Joseph and Celice, Crace returns again and again to those mutilated bodies in the dunes with updates on the colour of their decaying skin, the seeping fluids and the creatures feeding off them. This is not a murder book-- the killer is perhaps the least important character. But Crace gives some wonderful glances at death- professionals, in particular a drugged-up lascivious mortuary clerk; "He'd find his own name on the list one day...Enfin, a name to make his heart stand still. Sincere at last."

Jim Crace is the author of Continent, The Gift of Stones, Arcadia, Signals of Distress and Quarantine, which won the 1997 Whitbread Novel Award and was shortlisted for the 1997 Booker Prize and IMPAC Literary Prize. Crace has won numerous other awards, including the EM Forster Award and the Guardian Fiction Award. -- Anna Davis --

Synopsis
The author ponders the redemptive power of secular love in this novel. Their bodies had expired, but anyone looking at them could see that Joseph and Celice were still devoted, the couple seemed to have achieved a peace the world denies, a period of grace, defying even murder. They were still man and wife, quietly resting, dead but not yet departed

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Journal Entry 2 by woosang from Campbelltown, New South Wales Australia on Monday, February 13, 2006
Picked up for my mother. I will leave it on her bed. You may get lucky and she may even journal it!

Released 13 yrs ago (2/21/2006 UTC) at Coffee Shop in the Galleria Smith St Mall in Darwin, Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Journal Entry 4 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Wednesday, February 22, 2006
picked up with all the vampire books at the meet-up. it was great to meet you both.

Journal Entry 5 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Tuesday, June 05, 2007
I couldn't get into this. Didn't finish it.

Hopefully the next reader will be more appreciative.

Journal Entry 6 by wingamberCwing from Darwin, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, June 22, 2007
Off to the winner of the Hapy Smile Day RABCK.


Journal Entry 7 by wingcrimson-tidewing from Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, July 02, 2007
Received as a result of the Happy Smile Day RABCK Sweepstake - aren't I the lucky one then! :D And . . . it arrived with a companion, so I'm doubly blessed.
Thanks for your generosity amberC.

Journal Entry 8 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Friday, October 09, 2015
Still TBR, but now reserved for VeganMedusa as a wishlist tag.

Journal Entry 9 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, November 23, 2015
Sure took me a while to get to this one, but finally made it. Love the wishlist tags for getting me to raid the lower stacks!

"Being Dead" is certainly a very different sort of book. Well written, original, and has a haunting quality to it, especially towards the end. Can't say I enjoyed it as such, but definitely appreciated it.

Now off on a trip to New Zealand.

Journal Entry 10 by wingcrimson-tidewing at Balingup, Western Australia Australia on Monday, November 23, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (11/23/2015 UTC) at Balingup, Western Australia Australia

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Posted off to VeganMedusa as a wishlist tag. Happy reading!

Journal Entry 11 by VeganMedusa at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Thursday, December 03, 2015
Thanks, crimson-tide. Very appropriate to receive this book just as I was flopped like a fish out of water, trying to survive our hottest December day in over 50 years. My husband handed me the parcel, and I saw Being Dead, and thought, "Well, yes I nearly am!"

Journal Entry 12 by VeganMedusa at Invercargill, Southland New Zealand on Monday, March 14, 2016
Quite an odd book, but compelling. Now on its way, finally, to catsalive.

Journal Entry 13 by catsalive at Rooty Hill, New South Wales Australia on Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Thanks for this & "My Sister...", Vegan Medusa.

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