A poets take on life death and everything in between the undertaking life studies from the dismal trade by thomas lynch ww norton company 1997 1395. The undertaking was a finalist for the national book award he is also the author of still life in milford booking passage apparition late fictions and walking papers lynch lives in milford michigan and west clare ireland. In the preface lynch says that early on he came to understand that the undertaking trade he would inherit from his father had little to do with what was done to the dead but everything to do with how the living responded to the deaths of loved ones neighbors and friends. A chronicle of small town life and death told through the eyes of a poet who is also an undertaker every year i bury a couple hundred of my townspeople so opens this singular and wise testimony like all poets inspired by death thomas lynch is unlike others also hired to bury the dead or to . Review the undertaking life studies from the dismal trade user review andrea janes goodreads could not finish thomas lynch is an undertaker by trade i can only assume his plan is to bore people to death with this book so he can turn a profit burying them
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