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Being Dead

Jim Crace

Published by St. Martins Press-3pl
ISBN 10: 0312275420 / ISBN 13: 9780312275426
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Title: Being Dead

Publisher: St. Martins Press-3pl

Binding: Paperback

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Paperback. 208 pages. Dimensions: 8.1in. x 5.4in. x 0.6in.Lying in the sand dunes of Baritone Bay are the bodies of a middle-aged couple. Celice and Joseph, in their mid-50s and married for more than 30 years, are returning to the seacoast where they met as students. Instead, they are battered to death by a thief with a chunk of granite. Their corpses lie undiscovered and rotting for a week, prey to sand crabs, flies, and gulls. Yet there remains something touching about the scene, with Josephs hand curving lightly around his wifes leg, quietly resting; flesh on flesh; dead, but not departed yet. Their bodies had expired, but anyone could telljust look at themthat Joseph and Celice were still devoted. For while his hand was touching her, curved round her shin, the couple seemed to have achieved that peace the world denies, a period of grace, defying even murder. Anyone who found them there, so wickedly disfigured, would nevertheless be bound to see that something of their love had survived the death of cells. The corpses were surrendered to the weather and the earth, but they were still a man and wife, quietly resting; flesh on flesh; dead, but not departed yet. From that moment forward, Being Dead becomes less about murder and more about death. Alternating chapters move back in time from the murder in hourly and two-hourly increments. As the narrative moves backward, we see Celice and Joseph make the small decisions about their day that will lead them inexorably towards their own deaths. In other chapters the narrative moves forward. Celice and Joseph are on vacation and nobody misses them until they do not return. Thus, it is six days before their bodies are found. 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. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9780312275426

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?An extraordinarily moving love story? Observer

A couple lie naked in the dunes at Baritone Bay, at the spot where, almost thirty years before, they had first had sex as students. Nostalgia has sent Celice and Joseph back to their singing stretch of coast, but in the seeming calm of the afternoon they meet a brutal and unexpected fate ? one which will still their bodies but not their love, and certainly not their story.

?A work of near-genius? Literary Review

?A swirling symphonic celebration of the glory of the natural world? The Times

?Intensely imagined and deeply felt? Hilary Mantel, Sunday Times

?One of the most haunting books I read this year? Carol Shields, Guardian

?Magnificent? Sunday Telegraph

?Astonishing? Daily Telegraph

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

A couple lie naked in the dunes at Baritone Bay, at the spot where, almost thirty years before, they had first had sex as students. Nostalgia has sent Celice and Joseph back to their singing stretch of coast, but in the seeming calm of the afternoon they meet a brutal and unexpected fate ? one which will still their bodies but not their love, and certainly not their story.

Product Description: Their bodies had expired, but anyone could tell that Joseph and Celice were still devoted. The corpses were surrendered to the weather and the earth, but they were still man and wife, quietly resting; dead, but not departed, yet.

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