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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematory

作者 : Caitlin Doughty

作者 : 凱特琳.道堤

出版社 : W. W. NORTON & COMPANY, INC.

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定價 : NT 875

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令人心碎、風格奇特,動人的故事,雖然傷感,卻讓人深深感動。甚至因為這本書的鼓勵,能勇敢擁抱遺忘與死亡。──Dodai Stewart,Jezebel.com副主編

透過這些精彩的軼事,重新思考死亡的意義。──舊金山紀事報

幽默富有啟發性。──娛樂周刊

也許只有融會貫通,生命才能走得更遠,故事才能寫得動人,本書作者是二十出頭的年輕殯儀業者,以黑色幽默的口吻描述她令人感到可怕卻又著迷的職業細節,充滿離奇的死亡場景,奇型怪狀的苦難屍體,並揭露了火葬場的歷史與面貌。本書可媲美HBO自製影集《六呎風雲》,誠懇和衷心的文字,自嘲和諷刺的語氣,引人入勝的情節,時而捧腹,時而落淚,使得這個本來是忌諱的話題,顯得平易近人,讓死亡的呈現另一種面貌。引人入勝。

A young mortician goes behind the scenes, unafraid of the gruesome (and fascinating) details of her curious profession.

Most people want to avoid thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty—a twenty-something with a degree in medieval history and a flair for the macabre—took a job at a crematory, turning morbid curiosity into her life’s work. Thrown into a profession of gallows humor and vivid characters (both living and very dead), Caitlin learned to navigate the secretive culture of those who care for the deceased.

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes tells an unusual coming-of-age story full of bizarre encounters and unforgettable scenes. Caring for dead bodies of every color, shape, and affliction, Caitlin soon becomes an intrepid explorer in the world of the dead. She describes how she swept ashes from the machines (and sometimes onto her clothes) and reveals the strange history of cremation and undertaking, marveling at bizarre and wonderful funeral practices from different cultures.

Her eye-opening, candid, and often hilarious story is like going on a journey with your bravest friend to the cemetery at midnight. She demystifies death, leading us behind the black curtain of her unique profession. And she answers questions you didn’t know you had: Can you catch a disease from a corpse? How many dead bodies can you fit in a Dodge van? What exactly does a flaming skull look like?

Honest and heartfelt, self-deprecating and ironic, Caitlin's engaging style makes this otherwise taboo topic both approachable and engrossing. Now a licensed mortician with an alternative funeral practice, Caitlin argues that our fear of dying warps our culture and society, and she calls for better ways of dealing with death (and our dead).
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