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A heavy drinker decides to cut down his alcohol intake-and dies of a heart attack caused by alcohol withdrawl. Then there's the murderer who was accidentally electrocuted sitting on his prison cell's steel toilet--just after escaping the electric chair on appeal. You can't be too careful, not in a universe that began with a random Big Bang and whose only certainty is accident.
A collection of cautionary tales gathered for years by David Pryce-Jones and illustrated with characteristic wit and precision by Pierre Le-Tan, these are succinct items whose very matter-of-factness seems to reinforce the utterly bewildering nature of life and death, the unlikely, improbable, unexpected way in which lives are swallowed up-this is the human comedy as one-liners, each with a wondrous and terrifying grain of truth about our existence.
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FALLING FLOWERPOTS, SLIPPERY SOCKS, THE FATAL TOOTHPICK . . . ACCIDENTS HAPPEN.
"You can't be too careful." It's the last true maxim for a world that began with a random Big Bang and whose only certainty is accident. If you don't believe it, consider what happened to faith-healer Alan N., who died after tripping over his healing stool. Or Mrs. B., drowned while trying to save the goldfish in her frozen pond. Collected here are dozens of reminders of fate's unfathomable purpose-glimpses of the wonderful and terrifying human comedy, each revealing an unexpected truth about our existence.About the Author:
David Eugene Henry Pryce-Jones (b. 15 February 1936 Vienna, Austria) is a conservative British author and commentator.
He was educated at Eton and read History at Magdalen College, Oxford, where he studied under A.J.P. Taylor. His relationship with Taylor was very antagonistic, with the two frequently getting into shouting matches.
He did his National Service in the Coldstream Guards, in which he was commissioned in 1955, promoted Lieutenant in 1956, and served in the British Army of the Rhine. He has worked as a journalist and author. He was Literary Editor at the Financial Times 1959-61, and The Spectator from 1961-63.
Pryce-Jones currently works as senior editor at National Review magazine. He also contributes to The New Criterion and Commentary, and for Benador Associates. Pryce-Jones often writes about the contemporary events and the history of the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and intelligence matters.
His most recent book, Betrayal: France, the Arabs, and the Jews has accused the French government of being anti-Semitic and pro-Arab, and of consistently siding against Israel in the hope of winning the favour of the Islamic world.
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