Sunday, January 30, 2011

Being Dead

By Jim Crace

This has got to be one of the stranger books I've read, and I think I liked it, I think I liked it a lot, but I'm not entirely sure, it's that kind of a book.

As the title suggests, Being Dead is a description of the lives and deaths of Celine and Joseph. A Middle-aged, married couple they suffer the ultimate insult, being bludgeoned to death after having had a trip-down-memory-lane shag in the sand dunes at Baritone Bay. The chapters skip between their deaths, their past, their day, why they are there in the first place, what's happening to their remains, and who they leave behind. It's a strange, strange story, but strange in a good way, I think.

So there you go - the vaguest and most non-committal review I think I will ever give a book!

4 comments:

Dorte H said...

But probably not the worst kind of review. It appeals to the reader´s curiosity.

Margot Kinberg said...

Vanda - That's also possibly the most intriguing book review I've ever read. I know what you mean about a strange (in a good way) kind of book - interesting....

Erin (Homemade Cards by Erin) said...

Humm... I think I like the vague nature of this review.

Anonymous said...

I thought it a really satisfying novel, and your review is spot on. I read the book when it first came out and it has always stayed with me. Ages ago, when I tried to tell a friend why I thought it was a good read, I couldn't get my point across AND YOU HAVE! Kudos! (As to be expected by a great author as yourself.)