The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade

by Thomas Lynch
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The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade by Thomas Lynch

Thomas Lynch serves his readership as a poet and memoirist, and his townspeople as a funeral director. In this wholly unique collection of essays, the two vocations meet as Lynch shows himself to be a competent functionary of mourning--dispensing comfort and homespun wisdom to the grief-stricken--as well as a poet poignantly tuning language to the right tones of private release. He is also a man of sardonic wit, uncovering humor where we least thought to find it--in our fear of and fascination with death. In its homages to parents who have died and to children who shouldn’t have, its tales of golfers tripping over grave markers, portraits of gourmands and hypochondriacs, lovers and suicides, The Undertaking displays an impressively wide vocal range--from solemn, nostalgic, and lyrical to acerbic, sprightly, and unflinchingly professional.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780140276237
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 09/28/1998
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.74(w) x 10.06(h) x 0.58(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Thomas Lynch's essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Granta, The New York Times, the New Yorker, the Paris Review, and elsewhere. He lives in Milford, Michigan where he has been the funeral director since 1974, and in Moveen, Co. Clare, Ireland where he keeps an ancestral cottage.

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The Undertaking: Life Studies from the Dismal Trade 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Thomas Lynch has brought us this breathtaking book from a vast collection of interesting poetry and short stories.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Expecting a philosophical look at the trade, I was somewhat disappointed to discover a collection of essays which merely reflect the author's stream of consciousness reverie. The book was remniscent of the work of Richard Brautigan in that it rambled in an unstructured, unpredictable and sometimes delightful way. It is not especially thought-provoking. The essay which compared and contrasted abortion with euthanasia being (for me) the high point of the book. Alas, even that essay failed to reach the philosophic potential the subject deserved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Thomas Lynch's book The Undertaking is written with wit and does a wonderful job of putting life and death into such great perspective. You can tell right away that he is not just a great story teller, but a truly awesome poet - he uses an array of interesting vocublary to describe his outlook on some actually quite controversial ideas on death.