Title: WILL THE CIRCLE BE UNBROKEN? : REFLECTIONS ...
Publisher: New York City, NY: The New Press, 2001
Book Condition: Fine
Dust Jacket Condition: Fine
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: 1st Edition.
1st Printing. Signed. Unpaginated. Published in 2001. The author's book-length account on subject. One of Studs Terkel's finest achievements. The First Hardcover Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a small and limited first print run as a hardcover original only. The First Edition is now scarce. Presents Studs Terkel's "Will The Circle Be Unbroken". A lyrical, wise, and profoundly moving meditation on the most fundamental issues that confront every human being, as only the unsurpassable Studs Terkel can do it. A lawyer by training, Terkel never practiced and instead devoted himself to what is now the most illustrious public-service career of any living American. A native of Chicago all his life and closely identified with his beloved city, it is easy to forget that the historian of the Common Man has written some of the finest books of our time, including this one. Described by Sir Jonathan Miller, the greatest living British polymath, as one of America's national treasures. Studs Terkel died on October 31, 2008 at the age of 96, yet another American icon who will not be replaced. An absolute "must-have" title for Studs Terkel collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed in black pen-marker on the title page by Studs Terkel. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page or bookplate, as many copies available online are. This title is a contemporary classic. This is one of very few such signed copies of the First Hardcover Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare signed copy thus. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction in 1985 for "The Good War". One of the greatest American writers of the 20th century and a national treasure. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER STUDS TERKEL TITLES IN OUR CATALOG) ISBN 1565846923. Bookseller Inventory # 9707
Studs Terkel has turned to the ultimate human experience, that of death and the possibility of life afterward. Death is the one experience we all share but cannot know. In Studs Terkel?s powerful new book, Will the Circle Be Unbroken? a wide range of people address that final experience and its impact on the present in which we live. In talking about the ultimate and unknowable culmination of our lives, these people give voice to their deepest beliefs and hopes, reflecting on the lives they have led and what still lies before them. The result is a book that may well be Terkel?s most popular, a universal and deeply moving account of death and religion.
This is the first time Terkel addresses the whole realm of religious belief and of expectations of an afterlife, including reincarnation. Interviewing a fascinating variety of people, he is able to come up with an extraordinary range of experience and of belief, all of which prove far more complex than Terkel anticipated.
In the tradition of his books Working and Coming of Age, Studs Terkel addresses an issue bound up with all of our lives, yet rarely discussed on its own terms. From a Hiroshima survivor to an AIDS caseworker, from a death row parolee to a woman who emerged from a two-year coma, these interviewees find an eloquence and grace in dealing with a topic many of us have yet to discuss openly and freely.
Terkel also interviews the vast array of people who confront death in their everyday lives, whether as policemen, firemen, emergency health workers, doctors, or nurses. Many of the most moving interviews deal with AIDS, and how the disease has devastated whole communities and forced people to face death at the young ages we associate with centuries past.
Review: Mustering more spunk and battery juice than his overworked tape recorder, 88-year-old Studs Terkel cranks out another eclectic treasury of oral histories in Will the Circle Be Unbroken? This time, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Good War takes on death, a universal experience that solicits plenty of speculation, caution, and emotion from his 60-plus interviewees. Regular folks--ranging from the deeply religious to the deeply atheistic--share their life stories and their hopes or suspicions about the afterlife. Some are well-known, such as author Kurt Vonnegut, radio journalist Ira Glass, and folksinger Doc Watson (who, incidentally, appears in the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's classic bluegrass album Will the Circle Be Unbroken). Others, including parents, artists, medics, and clergymen, share equally compelling stories about losing family members, patients, and friends; personal encounters with heavenly voices; and apparitions. Terkel lies low throughout the book; his voice is only heard in the short intros to each speaker's story and in the chuckle-inducing introduction, which tells the story of an asthmatic boy--Studs, of course--who ironically outlives his family and dear wife Ida. The result is a vibrant tapestry of life's full process, sure to stir compassion and inspiration in adults at any point on the curve. --Liane Thomas
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