ne of the truly transcendent moments (in more ways than one) in Jim Crace’s ” Quarantine,” his Whitbread Prize-winning novel about Christ’s Being Dead: A Novel [Jim Crace] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Lying in the sand dunes of Baritone Bay are the bodies of a. Editorial Reviews. Review. Penzler Pick, June It begins with a murder. Being Dead: A Novel – Kindle edition by Jim Crace. Download it.

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Instead, peculiar would be a more fitting word. Then there are peculiar and narrowly focused minds that can fully appreciate the precise contents that flesh out the story. Gobs of gorgeously pretentious writing – you get seduced by and swallowed up in its richness, like duck confit or Heing.

Being Dead, Jim Crace

Celice’s haste to rush ou This book is pure dreck. This book, beginning as it does at the end, undoes any ordinary desires for suspense.

Yet there remains something touching about the scene, with Joseph’s hand curving lightly around his wife’s leg, “quietly resting; flesh on flesh; beihg, but not departed yet. They came off the grass and on to cotton, then into wood-effect, then on to the flat bed of the sand jeep, along the beach and through the suburbs to the icy, sliding drawers of the city morgue, the coroner’s far room, amongst the suicides.

It’s downhill from the womb, from when the sperm locates the egg and la Amoebolites and monophyles enjoy eternity.

That reversal of time, for instance. First, Jim Crace spends much more time and effort in this book viewing the interiors of the two female characters, Celice and her daughter Syl.

Their daughter was the next in line. If I do — if I have – then look around the room and see if you can spot exactly who amongst the NBCC members deserves my startled, heart-felt and delighted thanks. A very precise and wonderful little book. See all Editorial Reviews. Van Gogh was one of the first to be so daring – he painted the emotional weight of the object rather than the actual quality of it.


The layout of the story was brilliant, and not in the least bit confusing. Paperbackpages.

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As bleak as the story is, it does capture the beauty of a deadd that has had decades of lessons in learning how to suit both partners. Crace goes after exposing all with a vengeance not only our two old bashed-in zoologists.

May 19, Dan Rivas added it Recommends it for: It’s as if being dead redeems them as characters because you grow attached and you even love them a little.

Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. I first noticed it in nature programs that show what happens after the kill. Celice and Joseph, in their mids and married for more than 30 years, are returning to the seacoast where they met as students. At beign same time, he recreates the day they were introduced, in the s, when they were researching their doctoral dissertations.

This is a book I will read again. The novel dwells heavily on the themes of bodily decomposition and filial bereavement. Crace’s gift for both language and storytelling added to the morbidly voyeuristic pleasure of this book. And yet, these are the main protagonists of the book and the more that you read, the more that you wish you could escape the inevitable fact that these two are not going to have any moments together anymore. Explore the Home Gift Guide.

Joseph and Celice, middle-aged doctors of zoology married to each other for almost 30 years, revisit the seaside where they first met and made love beign the singing salt dunes of Baritone Bay.

Her gene supplies had closed shop. They gleaned the urine and picked at the semen lacquer on his inner thigh.

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The difference is that this is crafe, there is no god and “there’s nothing after death for Joseph and Celice but ‘death and nothing after’. A very intense little novel about the prosaic facts of death.


Where does the story go? Crace describes in minute detail their gradual return to the land with the help of crabs, birds, and the numerous insects that attack the body and gently and not so gently prepare it for the dust-to-dust phase of death.

It’s all we have. The character development mostly approached in retrospect makes for one of the richest cast of literary players I’ve seen in a while. This is a brilliantly conceived and written book- one of the most uniquely satisfying I have read. Crace describes in minute detail jjim gradual return to the land with the help of crabs, birds, and the numerous insects that attack the body and gently and not so gently prepare it for the dust-to-dust phase of death.

Or because I don’t want the sound of someone throwing this book across the room to wake me up. Being Dead is my introduction to Crace, and this after first hearing of him just two weeks crae.

Reminded me to an extent of early McEwan and his depth of writing. He takes a more dispassionate perspective of balance in nature rather than justice in human social networks. The shoes were not accidentally put into the picture, they were its sole occupants. The swag flies browsed his chest and swarmed between his legs.

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. Being Dead has won a major book award.