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This is certainly a well written, calm, thoughtful, dispassionate book. Publishers Weekly reports that he liked his Critics Circle Award because he hoped for “a fatter advance next time around.

Being Dead

The Handling of Time. I found several aspects of the book thought provoking: No, I cannot allow myself to be hopeful.

It begins with a murder. Instead, what Crace concentrates on is simply death itself, and what happens to the bodies in the six days between being killed and carried away. Joseph’s nearly 30 years of tender loyalty — from the first gesture of shyly calculated courtship to his dying show of devotion — contrasts achingly with his initial coldness.

Being Dead by Jim Crace Chapters 1 – Similarly, Crace achieves the same result. There are no less than three Jim Crace discussions at Readerville. On top of that, it’s bad writing: View all 3 comments. Read reviews that mention joseph and celice jim crace baritone bay main characters daughter syl thirty years beautifully written years ago life and death back and forth six days sand dunes last day married couple writing style highly recommend celice and joseph love story made love missing parents.


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Alive they are vapid. The couple is on the shore where they first met; dead and decaying like the nature about them. My first Jim Crace novel but not my last. It was interesting to see how the married couple met, grew together, dealt with tragedy and how they met their untimely death.

Their bodies had been swept away, at last, by wind, by time, by chance. It’s programmed that we will. Share your thoughts with other customers. Why did he pick shoes of all possible objects? All very plausible – and all completely invented by Crace even the poetwhich is as it should be in fiction.

As are their lives and their histories. The benig and plot themselves are mundane, yet the way he illustrates the process of the cadavers’ decay and the little details of their brief existence contribute to the charm of the story.

Nothing I read of their lifestyle elicited my sympathy. Reminded me to an extent of early McEwan and his depth of writing. This is a book I will read again. Please try again later. By the end of the book, we know infinitely more drad we’d ever thought to want to know about the two that were killed off beginning on page 1.


He also is very conscioius of the way men seduce women, as exemplified by Joseph’s use of singing to seduce Celice as well as the mortuary assistant and the craace drivers attempts to seduce Syl.

From bloody violence to the morgue, we are spared nothing of these deaths and thereby see our own. I will seek out other novels by Jim Crace. Celice’s awkward and cracf confident blossoming into a ripe young lady clashes well with the more reserved woman she became in her 50s, admitting that she has never been fully satisfied in her marriage; the small gestures of touching affection she allows her husband, however, speak volumes about her capacity for love.

A new stance on how death is bsing death and nothing frilly about it. View all 12 comments. Views Read Edit View history.

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I know much more about post-mortem processes than I ever thought I’d need to. In Crace published Continent. View all 7 comments. They are all shown to be insensitive, noisy, unlovable.