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The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story by…

The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story

by Edwidge Danticat

Series: The Art of

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I like this "Art of" series a lot—they're always thought-provoking, both in terms of writing and life in general, and add a bunch of books to my wish list (which is always a good thing). This one is no exception. Danticat does a good job with the subject, meditating on death and dying and their depictions in literature—well woven together and not maudlin or overly sentimental. ( )
1 vote lisapeet | Jan 27, 2018 |
A surprisingly effective combination, this is both a memoir of the author's mother's death from cancer and an examination of the way different authors whose work she likes have depicted death. Considering the portrayal of death as art allows Danticat to explore this essential subject – its dread, allure, power, and the potent force its inevitability exerts on every other aspect of human life – from a variety of angles and with useful artistic distance. This intellectually valuable coolness is balanced and the book gains warmth and depth by the love and vulnerability illustrated in the sections about Danticat's time caring for her mother during her illness and dying. Thought provoking, powerful, and lovely. ( )
  meandmybooks | Jan 19, 2018 |
Got almost halfway. Didn't capture my attention.
  bogopea | Jan 13, 2018 |
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"'I have been writing about death for as long as I have been writing.' [Danticat's] book moves outward from the shock of her mother's [cancer] diagnosis and sifts through Danticat's writing life and personal history, all the while shifting ... from examples that range from Gabriel Garcia Marquez's One Hundred Years of Solitude to Toni Morrison's Sula. The narrative, which continually circles the many incarnations of death from individual to large-scale catastrophes, culminates in a ... prayer in the voice of Danticat's mother"--Amazon.com.… (more)

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