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199 Cemeteries to See Before You Die Kindle Edition
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"Taphophiles rejoice! This eclectic compendium is packed with history, eye-catching monuments, quirky local characters, tips on interpreting cemetery symbolism, and fascinating finds. It's both a useful trip-planning tool and a browser's delight (although it may turn idle browsers into budding cemetery explorers). Next time someone asks why you love graveyards, show them this book."--Bess Lovejoy, author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses
"Loren's obvious affection for cemeteries is evident throughout 199 Cemeteries. Her personal appreciation gives life to places most people would consider only to be about death. A must-have book for the budding cemetery traveler and the serious taphophile."--Lenore X, Managing Editor, Gothic Beauty Magazine
"If you're like me and find cemeteries a fascinating way to view the real history of a place (or even just a nice, quiet place to eat your lunch), then Loren Rhoads's 199 Cemeteries To See Before You Die is likely to become a well-worn travel companion. The snappy descriptions and beautiful photographs are just enough to whet your appetite to pack your bags."--Megan Rosenbloom, Death Salon --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B073V3S4RL
- Publisher : Sphere; 1st edition (3 October 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 104120 KB
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- Print length : 240 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 1,300,068 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Unfortunately, the title is somewhat misleading (my reason for 4 stars and not 5). Cemeteries are not graveyards. Graveyards are attached to a church, but cemeteries have no such attachment and can belong to any religion. Loren Rhoads fails to make this distinction. As she says in her introduction, she is looking at burial places and, therefore, 'cemeteries' is misleading - but '199 Burial Places To See Before You Die' is probably not such an appealing title as '199 Cemeteries'! In her one page intro, she explains why anyone would (and should) want to visit a cemetery (she uses 'graveyard' here!). She does a good job in attempting to cover the world but as she is American, she has 95 US cemeteries/graveyards and includes several at the expense of more interesting examples in other parts of the world. Her inclusion of non-cemeteries also restricts her coverage. I do not think anyone in Britain would consider Westminster Abbey as a cemetery! She also includes some ancient sites.
Any book on 199 places to visit, films to see, music to listen to, etc., will fail to include some that people feel are the best. Rhoads covers Egypt but does not mention the City of the Dead in Cairo - surely one of the top ten cemeteries in the world (and it really is a cemetery!). She also fails to include the tombs of Saqqara and the Tombs of the Nobles in Luxor (far more interesting than the royal tombs). In London, Highgate is selected but not Kensal Green, which seems odd. There are other notable omissions but, as she says at the start, her book "is by no means the final word".
She wants the reader to use her book " as a jumping-off place to learning more". It is annoying, therefore, that there is no bibliography. There are many books on cemeteries and related topics. In his Death and Architecture, James Stevens Curl has a 23 page bibliography! This, of course, is not required here but there are several books on cemeteries in specific countries, and cities (London, Paris, Rome, New York) which could have been included in a short bibliography and would have been useful to those who wish to take their journey further. There are also many books on cemeteries, burial customs, funerals, which will introduce the novice to this wonderful area of study. Search Amazon for these. But having said this, Loren Rhoads has produced a fine book which I urge you to buy.