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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: And Other Lessons from the Crematorium Kindle Edition
'Unforgettable . . . a hilarious, poignant and impassioned plea to revolutionise our attitudes to death' Gavin Francis, Guardian
From her first day at Westwind Cremation & Burial, twenty-three-year-old Caitlin Doughty threw herself into her curious new profession. Coming face-to-face with the very thing we go to great lengths to avoid thinking about she started to wonder about the lives of those she cremated and the mourning families they left behind, and found herself confounded by people's erratic reactions to death. Exploring our death rituals - and those of other cultures - she pleads the case for healthier attitudes around death and dying. Full of bizarre encounters, gallows humour and vivid characters (both living and very dead), this illuminating account makes this otherwise terrifying subject inviting and fascinating.
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Alternately heartbreaking and hilarious, fascinating and freaky, vivid and morbid, Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is witty, sharply drawn, and deeply moving. Like a poisonous cocktail, Caitlin Doughty's memoir intoxicates and enchants even as it encourages you to embrace oblivion; she breathes life into death. --Dodai Stewart, deputy editor of Jezebel.com"
[Doughty s] sincere, hilarious, and perhaps life-altering memoir is a must-read for anyone who plans on dying. --Katharine Fronk"
Caitlin Doughty is best known for her YouTube series Ask a Mortician, and she brings the same charisma and drollery to her essay collection Smoke Gets in Your Eyes. Think Sloane Crosley meets Six Feet Under After confronting mortality day in and day out, Doughty becomes more philosophical about her job. Evoking Kafka, she writes that 'the meaning of life is that it ends.' Everything must come to an end; it s just a shame this book eventually does too. --Kevin Nguyen"
Entertaining and thought-provoking. --Julia Jenkins" --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B00O45B8DK
- Publisher : Canongate Books; Main edition (16 April 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 3608 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 273 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 94,894 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The book gives all the behind-the-scenes details about which so many of us know little or nothing. Although the tone is not morbid, and indeed the book at times is quite funny, I can imagine that anyone inclined to be squeamish about the subject may be revolted by some descriptions. However, Doughty's main aim is to reduce the squeamishness and to bring the subject out into the open.
Some of the latter parts of the book dwell too much on her own personal circumstances, which is not to say I didn't find those parts interesting, just that perhaps they may have been less relevant than they ought to have been.
Four solid stars.
I think everyone should come to grips with dying and the business of death, and make good choices about what you really want, not just what the undertaker pushes at you!
I loved this book!
Every opportunity I had to read this book, it was in my hands!
It really makes you think about what you want to happen to your body once you pass away.
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This book does not shy away from the more difficult subjects, such as cremation of babies, the homeless, medical specimens, etc. She documents it all, and in very good fashion. There are jokes to lighten the mood, but they're tastefully done and don't take away from the subject. If you've ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes of a crematorium, this is definitely the book to read.
Alongside Caitlin's work at the crematorium, she also explores the subject of death, and the Western world's difficulty, almost avoidance of it. It's true that the majority of deaths in the Western world are all hushed up and behind closed doors, and perhaps this is what leads to a lot of peoples fear of death - lack of acceptance. It happens to us all.
I couldn't put this down. Great read, would recommend to anyone with even a slight interest in the subject of death.
This is certainly not a tabloid-style, reveal-all story; it's written compassionately and with huge respect for the dead and those left behind. But it is an honest account of the author's life and times in the industry, an industry I, and I suspect most other people, know very little about.
Although Doughty talks about the American culture around death, I still found this an insightful & grounding book that helped me feel & work my way through my Grandad's death.
You rock Caitlin Doughty for your straight talking, humanitarian death talk. Thank you. I recommend looking at The Order of the Good Death website.
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